Sue Purkiss writes books for children and young adults. Recent publications include Emily’s Surprising Voyage, set on the ss Great Britain and long-listed for the Carnegie Medal; and a short story in an anthology called Daughters of Time, which features significant women from British history.
She also writes comic fiction for younger children, and has written two longer novels for older ones. The Willow Man is a contemporary story about three children and their involvement with the iconic figure beside the M5 near Bridgwater. Warrior King is about Alfred the Great, and it was with this novel that her interest in writing historical fiction began. She finds that place is very important in creating the mood for a story; Warrior King is permeated by the magical, if sometimes disturbing, landscape of the Somerset Levels.
Sue has also taught English and worked with young offenders, and she has been a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Exeter and Bristol Universities, helping students with their essay skills. She teaches creative writing to groups within the community, and has recently been appointed Patron of Reading at Norton Hill School, near Bath.
She writes for two group blogs, The History Girls and An Awfully Big Blog Adventure, and has her own blog, A Fool on a Hill, which is mostly about books.
Changing Brooms , A&C Black Childrens & Educational , 2013
Spooks Away , A&C Black Childrens & Educational , 2012
Twelfth Night, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 2010
Emily's Surprising Voyage, Walker, 2010
Spooks School , A & C Black Publishers Ltd, 2003
Awards and Residencies
Patron of Reading at Norton Hill School
Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Exeter and Bristol Universities