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  1. https://www.facebook.com/180877178221/photos/a.10151980410573222.1073741830.180877178221/10151980412473222/?type=3&theaterhttps://www.facebook.com/180877178221/photos/a.10151980410573222.1073741830.180877178221/10151980412473222/?type=3&theater

  2. A bit about Neil… • Born in Portchesterin 1960. Now lives in the USA. • First book – Duran Duran Biography! • “Literary Rock Star” • Nearly 2 Million Followers on Twitter (@neilhimself)

  3. Three Authors in One • Children/YA Novelist • Novelist for adults • Graphic novelist Also writes short stories and written for TV/film, including two recent Doctor Who episodes…

  4. Books for the young “Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences.” – The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  5. The one with the ‘buttons for eyes’ • Unknown merges with the known • A twisted (but hopeful) fairy tale – GK Chesterton epigraph at start of novel

  6. The Jungle Book as reimagined by Neil Gaiman • Union of the Natural and the Supernatural – Danse Macabre

  7. Adult Novels

  8. His ‘Great American Novel’ • America’s troubled reality • A plethora of mythologies

  9. A dark ‘fairy tale for grown ups’ • Uses classic fairy tale tropes • Victorian setting

  10. Graphic Novels

  11. His Masterpiece* * - In my opinion * In my opinion

  12. The Endless Destiny Death Dream Destruction Desire Despair Delirium (formerly Delight)

  13. Illusion and Allusion • A few examples… • A Dream of a Thousand Cats –Plato’s • Parable of the Cave • A Midsummer Night’s Dream • The Furies

  14. Neil in a Nutshell “Neil Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix.” Clive Barker