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Candy Gourlay

Candy Gourlay

Filipino writer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Filipino writer
Countries Philippines
Occupations Writer Journalist Children's writer
Gender female
Birth April 19, 1962 (Davao City, Davao Region, Mindanao)
Education Ateneo de Manila University
The details

Candy Gourlay (formerly Candy Quimpo) is a Filipino author based in the United Kingdom. Her debut novel Tall Story (2010) won the National Children's Book Award of the Philippines in 2012 and the Crystal Kite Award for Europe in 2011. Tall Story was shortlisted for 13 prizes, notably: the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Branford Boase Award, the Blue Peter Book Award and the UKLA Children's Book Prize. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her second novel Shine (2013) was longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and won the Crystal Kite Award for the British Isles in 2014. Bone Talk (2018) was shorlisted for the Costa Book Awards.

Candy Gourlay was born and raised in the Philippines. From 1984 to 1989, she worked as a journalist in the Philippines, notably as a staffwriter and later associate editor of the weekly opposition tabloid Mr & Ms Special Edition, which played a significant role in the overthrow of the 21 year regime of Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos.


  • 1984 Staff Writer, Mr & Ms Special Edition (Manila)
  • 1985 Associate Editor, Mr & Ms Special Edition (Manila)
  • 1986 Desk Editor, Philippine Daily Inquirer (Manila)
  • 1987 Correspondent, Asia Magazine (Manila)
  • 1989 Staff Writer, Marketing Magazine (London)
  • 1990 London Correspondent, Inter Press Service (London)
  • 2005 Presenter and Writer, Motherless Nation, BBC Radio 4 documentary on the social impact of Philippine migration

Published books

  • Hinabing Gunita (Woven Memories): Filipinos in the United Kingdom (London: Centre for Filipinos, 2004)
  • Animal Tricksters (Oxford University Press, 2010) – "Oxford reading tree. Stage 10, Treetops myths and legends" OCLC 495598126.
  • Tall Story (Oxford: David Fickling Books, 2010)
  • Shine (David Fickling, 2013)
  • Bone Talk (David Fickling, 2018)
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