Fellow at York St John University, 2004-07
Fellow at University of Sheffield, 2007-10
Linda Hoy has written fifteen books for children and young adults: her first novel, Your Friend, Rebecca
, is a set text in many comprehensive schools, Haddock 'n' Chips
, for younger children, was winner of the 1994 Children's Book Award and United on Vacation
was shortlisted for the same award in 1995. Linda's first television play, Emily
, was winner of the Silver Award for Drama in New York in 1985 and she received a Writers' Award for New Writing from the Arts Council in 1999. Linda worked for many years as an English teacher in comprehensive schools and has taught creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. She's led workshops throughout the country with such diverse groups as prisoners, probation officers, pensioners and university lecturers. She's recently taken time out to become a student again herself - learning to speak Spanish, play the violin and study the history of Ancient Greece. She loves to travel, exploring sites of religious and spiritual significance, and hopes to write a future book on pilgrimage. Linda's home in Sheffield gives her easy access to walking and cycling in the Peak District National Park and allows for indulging her penchant for good curry houses and listening to live rock music. She lives with her mountain bike and violin.