• Candy Gourlay PHOTO BY PAUL MUSSOCandy is an award winning author based in London. She was born in the Philippines, grew up under a dictatorship and met her husband during a revolution. Growing up, she wondered why all the books she ever loved only featured pink-skinned children who lived in snow-covered worlds that didn’t resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. It took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories too, belong in the pages of books. She has been a committed SCBWI volunteer for the British Isles chapter since she joined in 2002, and is a winner of the first iteration of Undiscovered Voices in 2009 – which led to her signing with Hilary Delamere, her agent. 


  • Bone Talk by Candy GourlayCandy Gourlay‘s novel BONE TALK – set in a headhunting village at the time of the US invasion of the Philippines – has been shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the Carnegie Medal. It will be published in the US in November 2019. Her picture book IS IT A MERMAID illustrated by Francesca Chessa was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. It’s about a sea cow who thinks she’s a mermaid. She has won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe twice – for her debut TALL STORY in 2011 and for SHINE in 2014. 

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    Growing up I thought Filipinos were not allowed to be in books


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