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Amber Lee Dodd

Children's writer, Short-story writer
University of Glasgow

Amber Lee Dodd is an award-winning children’s author and short-story writer. Her work includes the critically acclaimed novels We Are Giants, Lightning Chase Me Home and The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley. Her debut novel, We Are Giants, was nominated for over ten awards, winning the Calderdale Book of the Year award and shortlisting for the prestigious Branford Boase first book award. Her second novel, Lightning Chase Me Home was chosen as a Booktrust book of the month and featured in The Guardian as one of the best new children’s books of 2019 for independent bookshop week. Her latest novel, The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley has also been nominated for several awards. Her novels have currently been translated into five languages and adapted for audio. Her short fiction for adults has been published internationally in various publications and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Amber has been a writing fellow for Hawthornden Castle and The Expansionists, as well as a patron of literature for the national Patron of Reading program. She teaches creative writing workshops for children across the UK and speaks at schools and festivals about her books, dyslexia, and her journey from struggling reader to professional writer. She has also guest lectured on the Creative Writing programme at Chichester University and taught on the Oxford Prep programme. Before her writing career, she worked in learning support with pupils with disabilities and learning difficulties. This fuelled her passion to make writing and literature accessible to all.

Amber Lee Dodd


University of Glasgow 2021/22
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