Nicola Morgan was born in a boys’ boarding school, where she was educated until the age of eleven; she then went to a girls’ boarding school, where no one was impressed by her tree-climbing and weapon-making skills. At Cambridge University, she studied Classics and Philosophy, before becoming a teacher, later specialising in dyslexia; she taught for 16 years and then founded Magic Readers, followed by The Child Literacy Centre, www.childliteracy.com, which she still runs. She is now a full-time children’s author and many of her early learning books are long-standing UK best-sellers. But she is best known for her acclaimed and hard-hitting books for older children and teenagers, and has won awards for her teenage fiction, including The Scottish Children’s Book of the Year for Sleepwalking. She also has a long-standing fascination with the human brain, and her examination of the teenage brain, Blame My Brain was short-listed for the prestigious Aventis Junior Prize. Know Your Brain, also for young people, followed in 2007. As well as writing, Nicola travels widely, speaking to wide-ranging audiences about either books or brains, and frequently both. She is Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh with her husband and two daughters.
Saturday 1 November 2008, 1.30pm Café
The Battle for Intelligence
Know Your Brain (Walker Books Ltd (5 Nov 2007))
Blame My Brain (Walker Books Ltd (5 Nov 2007))
"Taking part in the Battle of Ideas is like putting your brain in a pencil sharpener. It works better as a result."
George Brock, Saturday Editor, The Times