On Saturday August 16th, award winning children’s author Patrick Ness will speak at the inaugural Siobhan Dowd Trust lecture at Edinburgh International Festival. The theme of his talk will be “How Books Can Change Children’s Lives”. This is a theme that runs through Patrick’s books, most apparent in ‘A Monster Calls’ where a young boy is faced with his mother dying from cancer. Siobhan left the outline for this story which Patrick completed after her death. It was also a theme that ran through the late teen author Siobhan Dowd’s novels, and was also apparent in Siobhan’s work during her lifetime.
The Trust was started by Siobhan who wanted to carry on helping children from books after her death from breast cancer. During her own life time she worked with various organisations such as PEN investigating human rights for authors in Indonesia and Guatemala to taking authors to socially deprived areas, prisons, and other community projects. The Trust now funds projects ranging from funding books for school libraries in deprived areas to books for counselling charities. More information can be found here: http://www.siobhandowdtrust.com/
You can book tickets for the Siobhan Dowd Trust lecture here: https://www.edbookfest.co.uk/the-festival/whats-on/patrick-ness-3