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Gervase Phinn

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Professor Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, a consultant for the Open University, Honorary Fellow of St. John's College, York, Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) of the University of Leicester, Doctor of Letters  (D.Litt) of The University of Hull and the Fellow and Visiting Professor of Education at The University of Teesside. In 2005 the highest academic award of Sheffield Hallam University, Doctor of the University (D.Univ.) was conferred upon him by the Chancellor, Professor Lord Robert Winston. In 2006 he became President of The School Library Association.

He has published many articles, chapters and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections. His academic texts include: Young Readers and their Books, published by David Fulton, Touches of Beauty: Poetry in the Primary School and Reading Matters. Additionally he has published collections of his own plays, poems, picture books and short stories, including his anthologies of verse : Classroom Creatures, It Takes One to Know One, The Day Our Teacher Went Batty and Family Phantoms, His books of stories for children, What's the Matter, Royston Knapper? and Royston Knapper: The Return of the Rogue were published by Child's Play and became best­sellers. His picture book Our Cat Cuddles appeared earlier this year.

Gervase Phinn is probably best known for his best-selling autobiographical novels: The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale and Head Over Heels in the Dales, published by Michael Joseph, which he read on the Radio 4 programme 'Book of the Week.' Head Over Heels in the Dales was a number one best­seller. The fourth book in the series, Up and Down in the Dales, was published in March 2004.

Television and radio appearances include 'The Alan Titchmarsh Show',  'Good Morning Sunday with Aled Jones' (Radio 2), Esther (BBC 1), Midweek (Radio 4), You and Yours (Radio 4), Open House with Gloria Hunniford (ITV), North East Tonight, (Tyne Tees Television), Today (Radio 4), Calendar (Yorkshire Television), Breakfast Television (BBC1), The BBC World Service, The Heaven and Earth Show (BBC 2), The Des O 'Connor Show (LWT), Quote-Unquote (Radio 4), Look North (BBC 1), The Big Toe Radio Show (Digital Radio), Just One Chance (BBC 2), Book at Bedtime (Radio 4), Book of the Week (Radio 4) and` A Good Read (Radio 4), The Sunday Programme (GMTV), Christmas Voices (BBC1), The Politics Show (BBC1),The Alan Titchmarsh Show (BBC1),  The Book Programme with Mariella Frostrup and Clive James (Sky)

In 2004 Gervase Phinn was honoured to receive "The Speaker of the Year Award' from the Association of Speakers' Clubs and his most recent book, Up and Down in the Dales, won the Customer Choice Award at the Spoken Book Awards. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Honorary Fellow of the English Speaking Board, President and Fellow of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama and Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University College, he has a particular interest in children's reading and is widely known as a lively and entertaining speaker. He is married with four grown-up children.

Gervase Phinn has a unique understanding and love of children, and a wonderful gift for storytelling ... a real star (Esther Rantzen)

Laugh-out-loud funny (Women's Weekly)

A colleague once said that Gervase's enthusiasm and encouragement

of teachers should be bottled ... an outstanding practitioner (Guardian Education)

Gervase Phinn is one of the most accomplished public speakers of any kind. A natural storyteller, he combines the timing of the professional comedian with palpable warmth and the ability to deliver a message that is just more than just a series of jokes (The Times Educational Supplement)

A born raconteur (Guardian)

Funny, touching and entertaining (The Daily Express)

Gentle and warm with a wry sense of humour (The Yorkshire Post)

He tells a cracking good tale! (The Times)

One of Britain's best loved comic writers ... he writes with enormous warmth and wit His books are uproarious and touching by turns (The Daily Mail)


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