Mark Bowsher

Inspired by everything from His Dark Materials to Grimm's Tales and Russian folk tales, and by the author's travels in Asia and Saharan Africa. This is a story from someone who has really climbed mountains, dived into the deep and trekked through the desert on foot. A tale for children and adults that is packed with humour, imagination and excitement that will inspire travel through pure escapism. It tells the story of a young boy who travels to a magical realm and is set three impossible tasks to win the essence of time itself in order to save his dying mothe.

Mark is a proudly dyspraxic writer and filmmaker. He wrote and directed his first full-length play, Not the Story of Me, at 20 and went on to make three shorts which won Best Short awards (plus one Best Screenplay award) at festivals in the UK and the US. The last of these, Only One Person Will Like This Film, was picked by the BFI as one of their '10 to try' out of over 300 films at LSFF 2013. He isn't married and doesn't live in Surrey but he did once climb a mountain dressed as Peter Pan.

Mark will be talking to Ben Parker (Beetlebrow the Thief).