Geraghty, born in South Africa in 1959, grew up among wild animals
and began drawing from an early age. In spite of the idyllic surroundings,
he chose to spend his childhood fighting the Second World War
alongside his best friend. At school he took requests and drew
aeroplanes for his classmates. He wrote and illustrated stories
about the war.
When peace returned he completed a degree in Fine Art and English
with Higher Diploma in Education at the University of Natal. He
funded his student life by playing keyboards in a band on weekends.
Later original recordings got airplay, achieving minimal fame
and no fortune. He painted for a year, taught English and Art
for two, then worked as a copywriter for a year, winning awards
in the U.K. and U.S.A.
Since moving to England in 1986 he has been an author/illustrator
of children's picture books and teenage fiction, often visiting
schools, libraries and colleges as well as conducting the occasional
He is very fond of words, and travels extensively in search of
them. His picture book The
Hunter was short listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration,
and won the Earthworm Award (sponsored by Friends of the Earth),
while Solo won the Children's Book Award - out of 392 books, judged
by 70 000 children nationwide. His first novel, Pig, won the Longmans
Young Africa Award, and more recently, Tortuga and Rotten &
Rascal have both won awards in France.
Other interests include music,
photography, scuba diving and travel.
Paul Geraghty attempts to disprove the
'Men can't multi-task' myth by talking, drawing and showing
slides all at once. (Click
for larger image) |