Phil Earle is BookTrust's new Writer in Residence

Photo courtesy: David Owens
Photo courtesy: David Owens
Posted 18 January 2016 by Phil Earle

Award-winning novelist for children and young adults, Phil Earle, has been appointed as our 13th Writer in Residence.


Phil kicks off his six month residency with a vlog talking about his belief that everyone is a reader and that there is a story out there for everybody.


During Phil's residency he plans to interview authors, editors, poets and illustrators on his vlog in the hope of encouraging children to find the right story, graphic novel or picture book for them. Phil will host a Writer in Residence Twitter chat on 12 February at 2.30pm. His focus will be on favourite fictional families in children's books and the chat will use the hashtag #philbookchat. Follow Phil on @philearle to take part.


It wasn't until Phil was 26 years-old that he stumbled across children's literature by accident, after being 'kicked into the children's section' whilst working in a bookshop. After that 'light-bulb' moment Phil's life changed and he began writing his own stories in his lunch breaks in the bookshop and, later, writing on the bus on his way to work.



Phil's books include gritty young adult titles Heroic and Being Billy, the latter being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. More recently, Phil wrote Demolition Dad, the first in a middle-grade series described as 'Danny, Champion of the World in Spandex'.


Whilst writing popular children's books, Phil also works as Sales and Marketing Director at David Fickling Books.



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Reading should always be a pleasure! ( It is for me).

Let's not forget that children's backgrounds and interests vary . I worry about the current white world of books ( and the over-reliance on animal characters) that ignores so many children's experiences. Let's enjoy the diversity of children and their families, and let's raise children who respect and admire each other.

Susan A
20 January 2016

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