ALI TAYLOR's first play, Cotton Wool, staged at Theatre503, received the Meyer-Whitworth Award. His play Overspill was a winner of the Metamorphosis08 competition, and was produced at The Churchill Theatre, Bromley and Soho Theatre. A graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers' Programme, he is also Artistic Director of Buckle for Dust Theatre Company. Robert Westall's The Machine Gunners has been read, studied - and loved - by successive generations of younger readers. It won the Carnegie Medal and was voted one of the most important children's novels of the past seventy years.