Philip Caveney

Children's writer, Novelist


Philip Caveney was born in north Wales and over a long and varied career has published 12 adult novels and 14 books for children. His first novel The Sins of Rachel Ellis was published in 1976 and he published two adventure novels in the 1980s while moonlighting as a drummer in a rock band. Through the 1990s he published a string of hard-hitting crime thrillers including Speak No Evil and Skin Flicks. More recently, he has turned his hand to writing fiction for younger readers.

His first children’s novel Sebastian Darke: prince of fools was published in 2007 and has been translated into many languages. The book was shortlisted for several literary prizes and was followed by three well-received sequels. In 2012 his novel Night On Terror Island was awarded the Oldham schools’ brilliant book award.

Philip is founder and co-ordinator of Writers Inc, a weekly group that helps steer fiction writers towards publication. He has also worked extensively in copywriting and has produced ads, features and promotional copy for some of the UK’s leading companies. As an RLF Fellow, he has been based at Lancaster, Worcester and UCLAN universities. He is the official patron of reading for Wentworth High School in Eccles and he currently lives in Heaton Moor, Stockport.

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Philip Caveney

Children's writer, Novelist


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  • Lancaster University, 2013–2014
  • Lancaster University, 2011–2012
  • University of Warwick, 2010–2011
  • University of Central Lancashire, 2009–2010