Previous Writers in Residence
Said used his time as Writer in Residence to champion the importance of encouraging children to read whichever books they most enjoy. He will challenged the idea of there being a “right and wrong” way for children to engage with books, with the message that every child can be a reader.
Author and illustrator Nick Sharratt has created illustrations for over two hundred and fifty books during his illustrious career, and used his time as Writer in Residence to celebrate the power of pictures and visual images in children’s books and the role they play in enriching a child’s reading experience.
Michael Rosen is one of the UK's best loved poets and authors for children - and during his time as the BookTrust Writer in Residence, he promoted the importance of reading and rhyming in the early years.
Find out what Dapo Adeola got up to during his time as Writer-Illustrator in Residence, from September 2021 to March 2022.
Find out what Onjali Q. Raúf got up to during her time as Writer in Residence, from March 2021 to September 2021.
Find out what Smriti Halls got up to during her time as Writer in Residence, from September 2020 to March 2021.
Find out what Ed Vere got up to during his time as Writer in Residence, from March to September 2020.
Find out what Cerrie Burnell got up to during her time as Writer in Residence, from September 2019 to March 2020.
Find out what Candy Gourlay got up to as BookTrust's Writer in Residence in 2019.
Find out what children's author Nicola Davies got up to as BookTrust's Writer in Residence from August 2018 to February 2019.
Find out what Nadia Shireen got up to as BookTrust's Writer in Residence in 2018.
Find out what Taran Matharu got up to as BookTrust's Writer in Residence in 2017-2018.
Find out what Sarah McIntyre got up to as BookTrust's Writer-Illustrator in Residence.
Find out what How To Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell got up to as BookTrust's Writer in Residence.
Phil Earle used his BookTrust residency to promote his belief that there's a story out there for every child.
Sita Brahmachari was BookTrust Writer in Residence in 2015, using the role to champion diversity in children's books.
Philip Ardagh was BookTrust Writer in Residence for six months from 2014-2015 and used his time to promote inclusivity in children's books.
Before he was Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell was our Writer in Residence! Find out what he got up to here.
BookTrust's ninth Writer in Residence Laura Dockrill hosted an event about children's books and interviewed Caitlin Moran during her residency.
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 used her time as Writer in Residence to champion comics and host a sold-out event about the value of graphic novels.
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.
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.
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.
As BookTrust's third Writer in Residence, Evie blogged about writing her second novel and penned us an exclusive short story.
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.
BookTrust's first ever Writer in Residence was Patrick Ness, who blogged about his writing for us back in 2009.
Waterstones Children's Laureate
Find out everything that's going on with the 12th Waterstones Children's Laureate, Joseph Coelho, as he takes on the job from 2022-24.
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