Robert Atkinson Westall blue plaque in North Shields

Robert Atkinson Westall. The acclaimed children's author was born here on 7th October 1929. He wrote over 40 books and received a number of literary awards. Some of his books used a local setting including 'The Machine Gunners'. He dies at Northwich, Cheshire on 15th April 1993.

Robert Atkinson Westall (7 October 1929 – 15 April 1993) was a British author, teacher and journalist best known for his children's fiction, although he also wrote non-fiction and wrote specifically for adults. Many of his novels aimed at a teenage audience deal with complex, dark and adult themes. He has been described as "the dean of British war novelists".His first book, The Machine Gunners won the 1975 Carnegie Medal from the Library Association, recognising the year's outstanding children's book by a British subject. It was named one of the top ten Medal-winning works for the 70th anniversary celebration in 2007, selected by a panel to compose the ballot for a public election of the all-time favourite.Westall also won a second Carnegie (no one has won three), a Smarties Prize, and the once-in-a-lifetime Guardian Prize.

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