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Philip Ridley

Philip Ridley

Biography

Philip Ridley had his own theatre group when he was six, completed his first novel at the age of seven and had his first solo art exhibition at the age of 14. At 17, he began a degree in Fine Art at St. Martin's School of Art. The pace of Philip Ridley's life has not noticeably slackened since. A Renaissance Man for the multimedia age, Philip juggles artistic endeavours in many areas. He has written plays for radio and stage and screenplays (including the acclaimed and controversial The Krays). His first film as writer and director, The Reflecting Skin, won eleven international awards and prompted Rolling Stone magazine to describe Ridley as "a visionary". He has also written fiction for adults and, of course, children. Far from simply getting on the bandwagon of children's literature, Philip sees his children's books as "the backbone of everything that I do". His bestselling, award-winning novels have proved as popular with literary critics as with young read...

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PLACE AND DATE OF BIRTH:
London; 29 December 1964
FAVOURITE BOOK:
Stig of the Dump by Clive King
MOST FAVOURED POSSESSION:
A photo of me aged 18 months writing and drawing
FAVOURITE SONG:
'Wild Is the Wind' sung by David Bowie
FAVOURITE FILM:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind

When did you start writing?

For as long as I can remember I've been telling stories. Before I could write words I used to do little drawings to tell my stories, like hieroglyphics. Symbols of men, women, birds, crocodiles, flowers etc. All joined together to tell a story. I also used to tell stores to my brother who is three years younger than me. Bedtime stories to help him sleep. I wrote my first novel (unpub...

Bibliography

Published by Puffin

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  • Krindlekrax
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 30 2001
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  • Scribbleboy
  • Puffin
  • Paperback: Aug 04 2005
  • 9 - 11 years

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