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Frank Cottrell Boyce

Born
Liverpool
Genre
Drama, Children
 
 
Biography
Frank Cottrell Boyce was born in Liverpool and studied English at Oxford University.

He first worked as a television critic for Living Marxism magazine, and wrote episodes for Coronation Street and Brookside. He then collaborated with director Michael Winterbottom on the film Forget About Me, in 1990, and this was followed by further screenplays written for the same director: Butterfly Kiss in 1995; Welcome to Sarajevo in 1997; The Claim in 2000, originally based on Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge; 24 Hour Party People in 2002; Code 46 in 2003; and A Cock and Bull Story in 2005.

He also worked with other directors, including writing the screenplays for the films Revenger's Tragedy, in 2002, an adaptation of Thomas Middleton's 17th-century play; Hilary and Jackie; Millions; and Grow Your Own in 2007.

In 2004, he wrote a book for children based on his own screenplay - Millions - and this book won the 2004 Carnegie Medal. It was published as a play in 2010. His second children's novel, Framed, was shortlisted for both the 2005 Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award.

Frank Cottrell Boyce has won several awards for his screenplays, and lives in Liverpool with his family. His third novel, Cosmic, was published in 2008, and was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in the same year. His latest books are Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again (2011) and The Unforgotten Coat (2011), shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.

Bibliography

2011
The Unforgotten Coat, illustrated by Carl Hunter, The Reader/Walker Books
2011
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again, illustrated by Joe Berger, Macmillan Children's Books
2010
Millions: The Play, Heinemann
2009
When It Changed: Science into Fiction: an Anthology, contributor, Comma Press
2008
Desirable, Barrington Stoke
2008
Cosmic, Macmillan Children's Books
2005
Framed, Macmillan Children's Books
2004
Millions, Macmillan Children's Books
2001
The Claim, play, ScreenPress Books

Awards

2011
Costa Children's Book Award, The Unforgotten Coat, shortlist
2010
Blue Peter Book Award: The Book I Couldn't Put Down, Cosmic, shortlist
2009
Carnegie Medal, Cosmic, shortlist
2008
Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Cosmic, 7-14 years category - shortlist
2008
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Cosmic, shortlist
2007
Chlotrudis Award, A Cock and Bull Story, Best Adapted Screenplay
2007
Blue Peter Book Award: The Book I Couldn't Put Down, Framed, shortlist
2005
Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, Framed, shortlist
2005
Humanitas Prize, Millions, Feature Film - nomination
2005
Carnegie Medal, Framed, shortlist
2005
British Independent Film Award, Millions, Best Screenplay
2004
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival, Code 46, Best Screenplay
2004
Carnegie Medal, Millions
2001
British Independent Film Award, The Claim, nomination
1999
Golden Satellite Award, Hilary and Jackie, Best Motion Picture Screenplay Adaptation - nomination
1999
BAFTA, Hilary and Jackie, Best Adapted Screenplay - nomination