A former broadcast journalist and special adviser to the Prime Minister, since leaving politics Joanna Nadin has written more than seventy books for children, teenagers and adults, including the award-winning Penny Dreadful series and the Flying Fergus series (with Sir Chris Hoy), the Carnegie Prize-nominated Joe All Alone, which is now a BAFTA-winning BBC drama, and the critically acclaimed The Queen of Bloody Everything.

She is a winner of the Fantastic Book award, has been named Blue Peter ‘Book of the Month’ and Radio 4 Open Book ‘Book of the Year’, has thrice been shortlisted for the Queen of Teen award, while Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny prize.

With a PhD in young adult literature, Joanna also lectures in creative writing at Bath Spa University from undergraduate seminars through MA tutorials to PhD supervision, and for Bloomsbury Publishing, and runs workshops at major festivals.