Children's author Geraldine McCaughrean in conversation with Gerry Byrne

Geraldine McCaughrean and Gerry Byrne

Photo: James Royall

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Venue: The Anna Freud Centre

Date: Sunday 7 December 2008

"I took up writing…to go somewhere else and be someone other than me. It's still my chief pleasure, and the thing I want children to get from my books.” Geraldine McCaughrean and psychotherapist Gerry Byrne talked about the role of the storyteller and the effect of stories on children’s lives.

Geraldine McCaughrean worked at a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools and a radio play. She has won the Whitbread Children's Book Award three times for her children's novels and, in 2005, she was chosen to write the official sequel to JM Barrie's Peter Pan. Peter Pan in Scarlet was published in 2006.

Gerry Byrne is a consultant nurse and child and adolescent psychotherapist working in specialist children and adolescent mental health services in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. He is co-founder of Children in Troubled Worlds, which runs an annual conference bringing people from the world of analytic and child psychotherapy with authors and artists.