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Overview (1)

Born in Congleton, Cheshire, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

Alan Garner was born on October 17, 1934 in Congleton, Cheshire, England. He is a writer and producer, known for Elidor (1995), World's Most... (1999) and Leap in the Dark (1973). He has been married to Griselda Greaves since 1972. They have two children. He was previously married to Ann Cook.

Spouse (2)

Griselda Greaves (1972 - present) ( 2 children)
Ann Cook (1956 - ?) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (6)

He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 2001.
Has won the Guardian Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Phoenix Award and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for his fiction, as well as the Chicago International Film Festival 1st Prize for his educational film "Images."
After a severe emotional period during the filming of The Owl Service (1969), he was diagnosed with manic depression.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 134, pages 166-170. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Children from first marriage: Adam, Ellen, Katharine; second marriage: Joseph Elizabeth.
At home, working his socks off. The main focus is on a)The next novel. b) The development of The Blackden Trust, established by Garner in December 2004, whereby his house and land are dedicated to the purpose, during his lifetime, of assisting 'in the management, preservation, study and care of the historic environment of the property; to foster research in respect of such heritage; to advance the education of the public in the architecture, history and archaeology of the property', and, after his death, 'to assist in the provision of an environment for artistic or academic purposes to those who seek such surroundings to assist them in completing artistic or academic work of merit.' [January 2005]

Personal Quotes (3)

"I try to write onions." (on the layeredness of his fiction)
If the other fellow can do it, let him.
[Owl Service frontispiece, quoting the Radio Times] Possessive parents rarely live long enough to see the consequences of their selfishness.

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