Melvin Burgess, the author of Billy Elliot and many other books, was in Lisbon for the Annual 25th Conference of APPI ( Associação Portuguesa de Professores de Inglês ) on May 6, 7 and 8, 2011 and sent a message to the students of Paula Vicente.
The film Billy Elliot (2000) was based on the screenplay written by Lee Hall.
Melvin Burgess was then invited to write a novel based on the screenplay, which is now part of our school syllabus for year 9.
Owing to the success of the film and book, it was adapted to the stage in West End, London, as Billy Elliot, the Musical (2005) and afterwards on Broadway, New York City.
You can visit Melvin Burgess´s website to learn more about him, his books and blog: