Face-to-Face with Frank Cottrell Boyce

Writersroom; Manchester Literature Festival | Deadline: October 8, 2013

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Q&A event with critically acclaimed Liverpool screenwriter and children’s novelist.

BBC writersroom in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival are delighted to host a Face-to-Face event with Frank Cottrell Boyce, critically acclaimed Liverpool screenwriter and award winning children’s novelist.

Frank Cottrell Boyce is one of the most respected screenwriters working in the English Film industry and his credits include Hilary & Jackie, 24 Hour Party People, Welcome to Sarajevo, Grown Your Own, Revengers Tragedy and Code 46.

In addition to writing major films he has scripted Coronation Street, many episodes of Brookside, and the spectacular 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, for which he collaborated with director Danny Boyle and other members of the creative team, in the development of the story and themes.

Frank has also adapted novels for the screen and his first children’s novel Millions was based on his original screenplay, directed by Danny Boyle. Frank won the annual Carnegie Medal from the British librarians, recognising it as the year's best children's book published in the U.K. His next novel Framed, made the shortlist for both the Carnegie and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. He adapted Framed as a BBC television film in 2009. In 2011, he was commissioned to write a sequel to the Ian Fleming children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Frank has written three sequels: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon which will be published this autumn. The Unforgotten Coat was the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize winner.

On top of all his accolades he is professor of reading at Liverpool Hope University, the first such professorship in the UK, which involves him teaching trainee teachers, amongst others.

This is a unique opportunity to put your questions to Frank, who will be in conversation with Kate Rowland, Creative Director of New Writing at the BBC.

When: Tues 8th October 2013 at 6.30pm

Where: University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2EQ

Tickets are free and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis. Book your tickets here.

*Please note* this is a highly popular event and in the instance it is over-subscribed you may not get a seat in the main space where the Q&A will be taking place. However, it will be screened in the main foyer area of the venue, where there will be plenty of space for any overflow of delegates.

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