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Dawn is a children's writer with a strong background in literacy and libraries. Dawn has worked for over thirty years with libraries, books, and reading. For over a fifteen years she has specialised in children's books and literacy and library activism. She is a trustee of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and the Chair of the Society of Authors' Children's Writers and Illustrators Group committee (CWIG).

Dawn delivers fun author events with a spooky twist connected to her books, but as an experienced literacy tutor and consultant, also delivers creative writing and poetry workshops to link in with school literacy and English schemes of work. She is comfortable working with large groups of children, and happy to work with all ages. 


To tie in with National Curriculum demands, and to support understanding of the period,  she also offers fun and creative workshops linked to her bestselling books on prehistory and ancient Britain. Please see the details of these on the Prehistory Workshops page.


Dawn is possibly best known for her work as a library and literacy activist and supports the campaign for a library in every school. She has worked nationally on campaigns to raise national literacy levels, and is Chair of the CILIP Ethics Committee and is an Ethics and Diversity Ambassador.


Since 2016 she has been on the judging panel for the CILIP SLG/SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award. If you know of a pupil working in their school library who you feel may be eligible for this award, please click here.