08 February 2011
Staff at LJMU were saddened to learn of the death of local author and Honorary Fellow Dr Brian Jacques.
Born in Liverpool in 1939, Brian left school at 15 and found work as a docker, a truck driver, a policeman and a stand-up comic. From 1970 until 2006, he was a popular BBC Radio Merseyside presenter, hosting his own Sunday Afternoon show ’Jakestown‘ as well as writing various books of humorous poetry and short stories.
Best known for his ‘Redwall’ stories, the idea for the series stemmed from Jacques’s association with the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind where in the 1980s he delivered milk. He volunteered to read to the children which inspired him to write stories of his own. Brian continued to support the School by becoming Patron.
Jacques's work gained acclaim when a friend showed it to a publisher leading to a contract to write the next five books in the series. Since 1986, his books have captivated readers from age 8 to 80. The novels have won numerous international awards, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and been translated into 28 languages.
Despite his huge success in America, Brian remained living in Liverpool choosing Parr Street Studios to record the talking book versions of the ‘Redwall’ series and in 2008 he delivered a Roscoe Lecture for Liverpool John Moores University.
In 2008 Brian Jacques was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to children’s literature.