Phil Earle is BookTrust's new Writer in Residence

Published on: 18 January 2016 Author: Phil Earle

The fantastic author Phil Earle, who's work includes the Mind the Gap and Superhero Street, became our thirteenth Writer in Residence back in 2016. In this blog Phil introduced himself and his intentions as Writer in Residence.

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. 

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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Meet our latest Writer in Residence

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 Rashmi Sirdeshpande.

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