Piers Torday

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Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. The sequel, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. Other books include The Wild Beyond and The Death of an Owl (with Paul Torday.) His adaptation of John Masefield’s The Box of Delights opened at Wilton’s Music Hall in 2017. He lives in London with his husband and a very naughty dog.

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Piers Torday Two ways. The hard way - write through it. Put something down, however terrible it feels, and eventually you write through that to where you want to…moreTwo ways. The hard way - write through it. Put something down, however terrible it feels, and eventually you write through that to where you want to be. It can be grueling but writer's block is simply a state of mind, nothing more. The more fun way is to leave the desk and go to watch a film, visit an exhibition, read a book you wouldn't normally read or see a play. Relax and top up your imaginative subconscious if you are running on empty.(less)
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Read constantly and widely - including stuff you may not like (or think you like), but writing is 60% reading, 40% writing.

Write every day,…more
Hi Benjamin

Read constantly and widely - including stuff you may not like (or think you like), but writing is 60% reading, 40% writing.

Write every day, even if it is only a couple of hundred words. They'll soon stack up and your craft will improve.

Don't edit/re-write till you have finished a draft, no matter how great the temptation.

Keep the faith and remember that no-one else has your idea or your way of seeing the world. Don't worry if your voice on the page looks different to how you imagined - because that is exactly what will make your work unique..

Good luck!(less)
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Shortlist for inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize

The shortlist for the inaugural Paul Torday Memorial Prize was announced today by The Society of Authors.


It will be awarded to a first novel by a writer over 60. Prize fund £1,000 plus a set of the collected works of British writer Paul Torday, who himself only published his first novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen at the age of 60. Judged by Mark Lawson, Kate Mosse and Anita Sethi.



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“As if the virus itself is listening, the she-deer standing in front of him is racked by a huge cough, her skinny body spasming and shuddering before her legs give way and she collapses on to the ground. The other deer crowd round, nudging her back up again while the stag watches.”
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