Writer in Residence

Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer in Residence (or Writer-Illustrator in Residence) to write blogs, run competitions and give us their own unique perspective on the world of children's books.

Our current Writer in Residence is Taran Matharu, who has gone from writing via an app to becoming a bestselling author.

Straight after graduating with a first class degree in Business Administration, Taran was keen to explore a new avenue and get inside the publishing world, landing an internship in Digital Sales at Penguin Random House.

At 22, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write The Summoner series as part of NaNoWriMo 2013. After posting the story on Wattpad.com, it received over three million reads in less than six months. After this was featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.

Taran says about his residency at BookTrust:

'I am so incredibly grateful to BookTrust for giving me the opportunity to pursue a cause that is very close to my heart - bringing the joy of reading to kids and teens across the country. It’s also my hope that I will be able to inspire young writers, both by my own example and highlighting the successes of other young authors.
'Over the next few months I'll be exploring various topics that I feel passionate about. I'm keen to give my thoughts on the benefits of reading and writing online, with a specific look at the same app I began writing on - Wattpad. I'll also be looking at the bridge between video games and reading and how the two hobbies need not be mutually exclusive.
I can't wait to share my thoughts with you all! Thanks for reading.'

You can also find out more about our previous Writers in Residence here.

Writer in Residence blog


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The Novice

Author: Taran Matharu

If you enjoyed Eragon by Christopher Paolini or you are a fan of The Hobbit then this is the book for you.

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The Inquisition

Author: Taran Matharu

The perfect balance of excitement, adrenaline-rich action, magic, fantasy and gaming, the second in the Summoner series is perfect for fantasy fans, gamers and action-loving kids (and adults).

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The Battlemage

Author: Taran Matharu

The conclusion to the incredibly successful Summoner trilogy has plenty of action, and, while it’s emotional to leave Fletcher and the other well-drawn characters, Matharu ends things on a high with dragons, demons, battles and revelations galore.

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