Britain’s Got Talent’s David Walliams wins Red House Book Award for Gangsta Granny
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On Saturday David Walliams had to dash between rehearsing with Ant and Dec and the Red House Book Awards, where he was nominated in the catagory Young Readers. At the event, voted for entirely by children, David was voted top in his category. Surrounded onstage by kids dressed as criminal pensioners, David also read bit from his book, after his word of thanks.
This week the actor and author also revealed he could turn his back on TV to become a full-time writer.
Mr Walliams revealed in a new interview he considers publishing stories his main job.
He said: “As I’ve got older I’ve realised that writing is actually a lot of the time more creative than performing.
“You’re creating a world and creating characters and I grew to really love writing.
“I saw it as something that wasn’t just a means to an end but it was actually the main job.
“Sometimes I think I’d quite like not to be on TV anymore and just write books.”
Walliams has such a passion for kids books because his own lonely childhood was transformed after he began reading Roald Dahl books.
He said: “My childhood was tragic and friendless. I think at some point most of us feel like an outsider or like we are not the most popular person at school.
“I always think I’m the lead character in a way whether it’s a boy or a girl. I have felt that way.
“When I was a kid there was no internet, videos and computer games were limited.
“I wasn’t a keen reader but the first book I read was Charlie and the chocolate factory.
“Once you find what you like to read that often starts you off. Roald Dahl was the main author I read.”
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