Andy Mulligan was born and brought up in London. He worked as a theatre director for ten years before travels in Asia prompted him to retrain as a teacher. He has taught English and drama in India, Brazil, Vietnam, the Philippines and the UK. He now lives in England, and is writing full time.
Andy writes mainly for the 10-16 age group, and is currently developing radio plays as well as film-scripts. Andy misses teaching, and hopes to return to the classroom in due course. “There is no better working environment than a good school - and no more creative space.”
His first novel RIBBLESTROP was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Books Prize; his second, RETURN TO RIBBLESTROP, won the Guardian Children's Fiction prize. TRASH was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and has been published in twenty-eight languages. It will soon be a major motion picture directed by Stephen Daldry and scripted by Richard Curtis.