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Patron of Young Readers and Writers

Melvin Burgess is one of Britain's most highly acclaimed authors of Young Adult fiction. Perhaps best known for his multi-award winning book, Junk, Melvin made his name by writing for a generation of young adults whose experience was rarely represented in books. Sometimes shocking and controversial, his stories go straight to the grit of human life, refusing to patronise his teenage readers. Melvin's exuberance and love of literature is palpable for anyone who meets him and he personally inspires and encourages young readers and writers in the North of England through his support of The Portico Library's projects.

Melvin Burgess

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