Gervase Phinn

Gervase Phinn

Gervase Phinn is a popular author with Calibre members and we are very proud to have him as a Patron. Often when the Publicity and Communications team are out about at exhibitions members tell us how they find themselves chortling away while listening to his books

"I am delighted that my books are available through the Calibre Audio Library and made available to so many people, particularly those who are partially sighted or blind and therefore cannot access the printed word. So many have written to me to say they enjoy hearing my voice lifting the text from the page and taking them into the magical world of the Yorkshire Dales to meet so many interesting characters. I have just recorded my novel - The Little Village School which is published by Hodder in July 2011”.

Professor 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 University, 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 is President of the Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama.

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 (Catalogue no. 16370); The Day Our Teacher Went Batty and Family Phantoms.

He is probably best known for his best-selling autobiographical novels which are much in demand by Calibre readers. These include: The Other Side of the Dale (6269); Over Hill and Dale (5750) and Head over Heels in the Dales ( 6063) which was a number one bestseller. The fourth book in the series Up and Down in the Dales (6843) was published in March 2004. Heart of the Dales (8046) is also available in the library.
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