Reading charity BookTrust has appointed Phil Earle as its new writer-in-residence.
Earle will create regular posts for BookTrust over a six month period, starting today (18th January) with a vlog about his belief that there is a story out there for everyone.
“I’m chuffed to bits to be working with BookTrust as its Writer in Residence,” he said. “Growing up as a non-reader, I had no idea about the power of stories: of the places they can take you or the people you can meet as a result. I really want to show children that the right book for them is out there.”
He also plans to interview authors, editors, poets and illustrators to help children find the right book for them and will host a writer-in-residence twitter chat on 12th February at 2.30pm.
Earle began working with children’s books as a bookseller in his twenties and has since written the YA novels Heroic and Being Billy (both published by Penguin), and the middle-grade story Demolition Dad (Orion). He is also the sales and marketing director at David Fickling Books.
Last year’s BookTrust writer-in-residence was Sita Brahmachari.