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Gail Hildreth

  • Northern Promise Award, 2012
Gail Hildreth

In 2009 Gail gained an MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Since then she has won The Northern Star Children’s Writing Competition in 2011, judged by Lauren Lavern and voted for by children, and a Northern Writer’s Award in 2012 with The Book of Lost Legends. In 2012 her short story, ‘Born Again Boy’, was published as one of the Newcastle Journal’s Saturday Short Stories. Her latest novel, The Weight of the Sky, was shortlisted in the 2016 Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition and has been highly commended by The Literary Consultancy.

Gail was born in Newcastle, grew up in Australia and New Zealand and now lives in the wilds of the Northumbrian North Pennines. She draws on her many childhood and adult adventures to enrich the stories she writes. She has experienced earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and a tornado, stolen a horse, flown a plane and was part of the crew of a sailing ship. In America she toured with The Monkees as head of wardrobe and studied screenwriting and 16mm filmmaking at New York University. Gail is now working on a fourth novel.

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