How to pronounce Philip Ardagh: ar-der
Philip 'Beardy' Ardagh is the award-winning author of the Eddie Dickens adventures, currently available in over 30 languages. He wrote BBC Radio's first truly interactive radio drama, collaborated with Sir Paul McCartney on his first children's book and is a reviewer of children's books for the Guardian. Married with a son, he divides his time between Tunbridge Wells and Grubtown.
This biography was last updated on 07/16/2013.
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Question & Answer with Philip Ardagh
What gave you the idea for the Eddie Dickens
I simply wanted to set an adventure in the days of Charles Dickens and beyond. The characters developed from there.
Do you know anyone like the Dickenses?
I've said it before and I'll say it again: You should meet my family!
What made you choose to be a writer?
I went to 'proper school' when I was two-and-a-half years old. No play group for me. My big brother was at school so I wanted to go . . . and I always loved writing. My dad used to be given lots of business diaries come Christmas and I'd fill them with squiggles and pretend writing and -- hey presto -- I had a book with a cover and everything. Then I began to get (very) short stories printed in school magazines and I'd sit in my dad's study and do pretend typing on his gun-metal gray portable typewriter until I jammed the keys so badly, one time, that I was banned from that activity! So, from very early on, I discovered that I liked the thinking process, the sharing of the ideas process and the physical act of writing itself; whether with pen or by keyboard.
Where do you get your ideas from?
I wish I had a simple ...
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