Giles was born in East Sussex in 1977 and grew up on the south coast. He neglected his education to pursue a career in music and spent a number of years performing extensively around the UK, including slots at the Glastonbury festival. His book & THE FEARSOME BEASTIE (Maverick Arts Publishing) has now sold over 70,000 copies and won The People’s Book Prize 2012 and The Heart Of Hawick Children’s Book Award 2013, Bizziebaby Gold Award and was Highly Commended in The Forward National Literature Award in the US, It was also Shortlisted for The Rotherham Children’s Awards 2012.
The Summer of 2016 will see the release of a CG animated short film of The Fearsome Beastie produced by Slurpy Studios in collaboration with UCA and directed by Katie Steed and Jon Hunt and starring Brian Blessed and Alison Steadman.
His third Book TAMARA SMALL AND THE MONSTERS’ BALL was Shortlisted for The People’s Book Prize 2013. THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT DINOSAURS (Gullane/ Parragon) came out in August 2013 and is illustrated by Roald Dahl Funny Prize Winner Liz Pichon. It was the first manuscript Giles ever wrote after being inspired stumbling across a book of nonsense poetry by Shel Silverstein. Shortly after this, his fifth book PRINCESS STAY AWAKE was released to much critical acclaim.
His latest Book LITTLE BELL AND THE MOON was released in May 2015 to much critical acclaim, appearing on BBC Radio 2’s Anneka Rice Show and being selected to appear on ITV’s Bookaboo Show in 2016. It is shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize 2016 and longlisted for the North Somerset Children’s Book Award
Giles’ debut adult verse novel One Hundred and Fifty-Two Days was released in March 2020 to huge critical acclaim. Giles has a huge online fan base, with now over 312,000 twitter followers and has made several TV appearances including Good Morning Britain, an author special of BBC2’s Eggheads and is a judge on ITV’s Share a Story. He also writes a regular book column for Title magazine.
Giles still lives in Seaford, East Sussex with his wife, Michelle, and their two sons, Elijah and Sonny. He is a patron for Action Aid UK.
Giles is co-host and producer of the iTunes No.1 and award nominated podcast Blank, and also A Little Bit of Positive alongside Julia Bradbury.
A book titled Blank, How it’s fine to falter and fail and pick yourself up again is out April 2021 with Quadrille Publishing, based on the podcast Blank.
Giles is a regular contributor to Aquila Magazine.
Hi, I pledged the "collectably social" reward and I was wondering should I add my handle when it says to change my name, or will there be an option for that in the book's next stage (in the future)?
Hi Adam, We have sent out a Google Form today for people to submit their social media handles!
Ah yes, I've tried the link, but for some reason, it won't work.
Hi Adam, there was a small issue with the Google form but that should be fixed now