Advisory Board

Julia Strong

Former English teacher and Deputy Headteacher in inner London, later became Deputy Director of the National Literacy Trust and Director of the National Reading Campaign. 

Focused on creating school communities that read, literacy across the curriculum and family literacy (seeking to develop and implement a local authority strategy to support literacy in the home). 

Now focusing on working with Pie Corbett to develop Talk for Writing.

Frank Cottrell Boyce

An accomplished, successful and award-winning author and screenwriter. 

His books have been shortlisted for a multitude of prizes, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Whitbread Children’s Fiction Award (now the Costa Book Award) and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Millions, his debut children’s novel, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2004. 

Millions was later turned into a film by Danny Boyle and it features in the Book Trust’s 100 Best Books List for 9-11 year olds. 

Frank is also a successful writer of film scripts and was the official scriptwriter for the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympic Games, playing an important role devising the ceremony with Danny Boyle. He is also a judge for the BBC Radio 2 ‘500 Words’ competition.

Ross Young & Felicity Ferguson

Writer-teachers, researchers and founders of The Writing for Pleasure Centre. They convey the Teaching Writing special interest group for UKCL, which aims to help all young people become passionate and successful writes. 

Professor Debra Myhill

A Professor of Education at the University of Exeter, and Dean of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies. 

Debra is the Director of the Centre for Research in Writing and, in 2014, her research team was awarded the Economic and Social Research Council award for Outstanding Impact in Society. 

Her research Interests focus principally on aspects of language and literacy teaching, particularly linguistic and metalinguistic aspects of writing, and the composing processes involved in writing. This research is inter-disciplinary, drawing on psychological, socio-cultural and linguistic perspectives on writing. 

Debra is the author/co-author of numerous articles and several books, including: 

Talking, Listening, Learning: Effective Talk in the Primary Classroom (Open University Press)

Using Talk to Support Writing (Sage)

The Handbook of Writing Development (Sage)

Writing Voices: Creating Communities of Writers (Routledge)