Mick Gowar is widely known as an author of children’s books and a teacher of creative writing. Since 1980 he has written or edited over one hundred books for children and young people, including books of poetry, novels, short stories and non-fiction books for educational series including Oxford University Press’s Treetops and Project X. He has visited schools, libraries, colleges and festivals throughout the United Kingdom and abroad to give readings, performances and lead workshops and has undertaken educational projects for, among others, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettles Yard Gallery in Cambridge. He has tutored the Arvon Foundation and Talliesin Trust and was a member of the judging panel for the W. H. Smith Young Writers’ Competition. Before retiring he was senior lecturer and university teaching fellow at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. He is currently editor of Book 2.0 and secretary of the Ted Hughes Society.