Over 80 of us came together to hear the delightfully engaging author and screenwriter Patrick Gale talk to us about his life and career in September. Representatives from all nine branches of the PA Book Club joined staff, other parents and members of the public in Cottrill Hall for a lovely evening of cheese and wine and all things literary. Thanks to Julia Hitchcock for her help in organising the evening, to all the PA helpers and everyone who came for making the evening a huge success.
As his publisher covered Patrick’s hotel and accommodation costs, we made a small surplus on the evening which we have decided to donate to Mrs Burns-Price in the school library for her to use to organise an author event for students.
Since September, Patrick has gone on to win an International Emmy for his BBC series Man in an Orange Shirt. We are very lucky that he was able to come and talk to us at school before achieving international stardom!
We hope to have information on our 2019 Big Read author very soon.
About Patrick –
Patrick Gale was born on the Isle of Wight. He spent his infancy at Wandsworth Prison, which his father governed, then grew up in Winchester before going to Oxford University. He now lives on a farm near Land’s End. One of this country’s best-loved novelists, his most recent works are A Perfectly Good Man, the Richard and Judy bestseller Notes From An Exhibition, and the Costa-shortlisted A Place Called Winter. In 2017, Patrick won acclaim for his BBC drama Man In An Orange Shirt and he is currently adapting his most recent title A Place Called Winter as a screenplay, also for the BBC. 2018 sees the launch of his new title Take Nothing With You as well as the relaunch of Patrick’s previous twelve titles.