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Melvin Burgess 
Writer of acclaimed and often controversial children's fiction visits Grey Court and spends an afternoon with our lovely Year 8s explaining the joys of writing and the processes he goes through to produce critically acclaimed masterpieces such as Junk. He also had audience after school made up of students and parents talking to them about his gritty and sometimes hard to read novels. 
Often described as the ‘godfather’ of Young Adult fiction in Britain, Burgess has won various prestigious awards, including the Carnegie medal for Junk (1996), but many of his books have been met with as much outrage as success. He has written about a diverse range of subjects, including heroin addiction, teenage sex, Alzheimer’s and cosmetic surgery, and occasionally his work veers into fantasy.