Writer in Residence: Cerrie Burnell
Every six months, BookTrust appoints a new Writer 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 Cerrie Burnell, who will share the story of her struggle growing up with dyslexia and how her mum encouraged her passion for the magic of reading.
Cerrie is best known for her work on CBeebies, and is also the author of Harper and the Sea of Secrets and The Girl With the Shark’s Teeth, among many other books.
During her residency, she will also share her passion for storytelling and run a competition for primary school children.
Cerrie Burnell says:
'Through overcoming my own difficulties with dyslexia, I’ve learnt that every child should have access to a wealth and wonderment of stories, regardless of whether they can read them. With the help of people around you – in my instance, my mum – all children can become enchanted by stories. I’m so excited to find out how books have been championed throughout the world and how children from every culture have found keys to unlock a love of literature.
'I am also beyond delighted to be working with BookTrust. They are a fabulous organisation who have reading and storytelling at their heart, which resonates with me so acutely.'
Previous Writers in Residence
Previous writers to take up the post include Matt Haig, Laura Dockrill, Cressida Cowell, Chris Riddell and Patrick Ness – see what fun things they all got up to during their time in residence.
When a magical girl arrives, bringing with her a storm and The Circus of Dreams, Harper and her friends set off on a journey to find out more about the strange world in the sky. A great read with tonnes of magic and drama.
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