AWARD-WINNING children’s author David Almond will be casting a spell at a North-East university next month, when he reveals the magic behind some of his fictional creations.

The Skellig author will give his talk, Practical Magic, How do stories appear on the page? as part of the University of Sunderland’s Discover series.

The talk is free and open to all and will be held at the Murray Library Lecture Theatre, Chester Road, Sunderland, at 7pm on Thursday, May 8.

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David Almond, who is an honorary doctor of letters at the university, is twice winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, and is one of only three UK authors to win the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award.

His first novel Skellig also won the Carnegie Medal, and was adapted to film in 2009 starring Tim Roth.

Mr Almond said: “We are all creative and imaginative beings. Creativity is ordinary, human, down-to-earth, but in its spontaneity and unexpectedness, it is also a kind of magic.”

The talk must be booked through the university online store:, email, or contact 0191-5153169.