Previous Writers in Residence

Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer in Residence to give us their unique perspective on the world of children's books.

From YA icons like Patrick Ness to fantasy favourites like Cressida Cowell, a range of brilliant authors have written blogs, run competitions and given us their take on what it's like to be behind some of the best books out there.

You can find out more about our 15 former Writers in Residence below.

Previous Writers in Residence

Sarah McIntyre

Find out what Sarah McIntyre got up to as BookTrust's Writer-Illustrator in Residence.

Cressida Cowell

Find out what How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell got up to as BookTrust's Writer in Residence.

Phil Earle

Phil Earle used his BookTrust residency to promote his belief that there's a story out there for every child.

Sita Brahmachari

Sita Brahmachari was BookTrust Writer in Residence in 2015, using the role to champion diversity in children's books.

Philip Ardagh

Philip Ardagh was BookTrust Writer in Residence for six months from 2014-2015 and used his time to promote inclusivity in children's books.

Chris Riddell

Before he was Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell was our Writer in Residence! Find out what he got up to here.

Laura Dockrill

BookTrust's ninth Writer in Residence Laura Dockrill hosted an event about children's books and interviewed Caitlin Moran during her residency.

Matt Haig

Matt spent his time as BookTrust's eighth Writer in Residence taking us behind the scenes of the writing process - and launching his novel The Humans.

Hannah Berry

Hannah Berry used her time as Writer in Residence to champion comics and host a sold-out event about the value of graphic novels.

Bali Rai

BookTrust's sixth Writer in Residence, Bali Rai used the platform to blog about issues facing young people and the importance of reading for pleasure.

Clare Wigfall

During her time as Writer in Residence, Clare hosted an event about the power of short stories and blogged about picture books, travelling and music.

Polly Dunbar

As BookTrust's fourth Writer in Residence, Polly invited us into her sketchbook and also gave us a look behind the scenes by keeping a record of her life as a book maker.

Evie Wyld

As BookTrust's third Writer in Residence, Evie blogged about writing her second novel and penned us an exclusive short story.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Nii, who was BookTrust's second ever Writer in Residence, used his time in the role to offer his writing tips, help us celebrate Bookstart and share an exclusive poem.

Patrick Ness

BookTrust's first ever Writer in Residence was Patrick Ness, who blogged about his writing for us back in 2009.

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