LONDON, September 14, 2016

Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is pleased to announce that Children’s Author Tony Bradman has been appointed as Chair of the ALCS Board for a three-year term.

Tony will take over from Adam Singer when he steps down in November after three years in the post.

As well as being a former Vice-Chair of ALCS, Tony brings to the role a wealth of industry experience from his positions on the Public Lending Right (PLR) Advisory Committee, Society of Authors Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group and the Siobhan Dowd Trust.

First and foremost though, Tony is a prolific writer; he has written over 200 books for children, ranging from babies to teenagers, edited anthologies of short stories and poetry, written for the educational sector as well as teaching creative writing. He has given workshops to children and run courses for adults. Tony has been a judge for the Guardian Children’s Book Prize, and been a regular reviewer throughout his freelance career.

Owen Atkinson, CEO of ALCS said of Tony’s appointment

“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Tony back to ALCS. He brings with him a wealth of experience, a unique writer’s perspective and vital enthusiasm for the challenges ahead. As we move towards a celebration of ALCS’s 40th year I’m thrilled to have such a prolific writer at our helm and very much look forward to working with him again.”

Tony commented: “For me, returning to ALCS feels like coming home. The ALCS team works incredibly hard for writers, making sure we receive the money we’re owed and protecting our rights. But these are challenging times for writers, and I’m really looking forward to taking on those challenges and making sure ALCS continues to go from strength to strength.”

Tony will formally take up the role of Chair at the ALCS AGM on 24 November, which is being held at The Royal Society, London.

Tony Bradman is a graduate of Queens’ College, Cambridge and went into journalism after university. He published his first book in 1984, went freelance in 1987, and since then has produced more than 200 children’s books of different kinds across a wide age range – from babies to teenagers. One of his notable successes are the Dilly the Dinosaur books that were made into a popular BBC animation.

Tony Bradman has also written for the educational sector, taught creative writing, appeared at all the major literary festivals and visited hundreds of schools to meet his readers. He has been a reviewer of children’s books throughout his career – for The Daily Telegraph, The Times Educational Supplement, The Guardian, The Guardian Children’s Books Website and several specialist journals.