Hiawyn Oram

Children's author, Poet, Scriptwriter

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Prizes and awards include the Japanese Picture Book Award, for ANGRY ARTHUR; the French Prix du Livre Inter Culturel for JUST LIKE US; an Italian CIELJ Octagonale for A BOY WANTS A DINOSAUR; the 6-8 category of the Experian Big 3 for JUST DOG; the UK Smarties Prize shortlist for THE SECOND PRINCESS; the Tokyo Children's Film Festival Award for Best Short Film for BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT; the Experian shortlist 2004 for film THE GOOD MOOD HUNT and the RED HOUSE CHILDREN’S AWARD shortlist for MR STRONGMOUSE AND THE BABY.

5-7 (Key stage 1), 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2)




Hiawyn (a Welsh name pronounced Hi-a-win) studied English and Drama

in South Africa where she was born and was an advertising copywriter before she became a full-time writer.  To date, she's had 98 children's books published (picture books, poetry, plays, young fiction and story collections) in the UK, USA and many languages across Europe and the world including Japanese, Korean, Greek, Catalan, Basque, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Slovenian, Polish  and Slovakian.  


BEING IMPOSSIBLE,  a novel primarily for girls 9-13+, was described variously by reviewers as 'unusual, warm-hearted, an entertaining and thought-provoking novel.' 


Her latest publications include FILBERT, THE GOOD LITTLE FIEND, about a little fiend who, rather than be fiendish, prefers to bird-watch, help old ladies, tell the truth and stay out of fights etc.; BEETLE AND BUG AND THE GRISSEL HUNT, a 'wildly eccentric' adventure written in rhyme about searching for things that cannot exist; THE TOTALLY TERRIFYING THREE, illustrated by the much-loved David Melling and MY FRIEND FRED, a tale about friendship and finding ways to share when you'd much rather not.   Her last young fiction series, THE RUMBLEWICK LETTERS and DIARIES is about Rumblewick, a highly qualified witch’s Familiar with a problem: his witch, Haggy Aggy, wants to wear pink, marry a prince, go to ballet school, become a celebrity and generally be anything and everything except a witch.  Dreamworks Animation have optioned the books as inspiration for an animated movie.


Children's TV includes development and scripts for the animated


and BIG CAT, LITTLE CAT. The Animated Series MONA THE

VAMPIRE was based on her books with Sonia Holleyman. She's also written the scripts and lyrics for the musicals 'THE VACKEES' (Joseph Weinberger) and 'THE MERMAID' (Faber Music,) with scores by Carl Davis and most recently the text and lyrics for an orchestrated concert piece about the Kindertransport movement that took place in 1939 entitled LAST TRAIN TO TOMORROW.



A selection from over nearly 100!
FILBERT THE GOOD LITTLE FIEND (isbn:9781406331479)
"A FEROCIOUSLY enjoyable tale for not-so-fiendish little fiends and not-quite-perfect little angels!"
The Totally Terrifying Three (isbn:9781444903027)
Illustrated by David Melling. A dragon, a witch and a giant believe they are totally terrifying... until they meet a delightful little toddler who shows them they're not scary at all.
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BEETLE & BUG AND THE GRISSEL HUNT (isbn:9781849396257)
Illustrated by the stylish Japanese artist, Satoshi Kitamura, this is a narrative nonsense poem in which Beetle and Bug go in search of some non-existent beasts with a view to becoming famous and rich!
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MY FRIEND FRED (isbn:9781407109350)
Illustrated by Rosie Reeve. Fred is the family dog but Rose wants him to be hers, all hers. A heart-warming tale about friendship and finding a way to share when you'd rather not!
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HEADING FOR GLORY. Two stories about being a good sport, team-player and loyal friend. In Pearson's Bug Club reading series. (isbn:9781408274002)

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ANGRY ARTHUR (isbn:9781842707746)
Arthur gets so angry, his anger becomes a UNIVERSEQUAKE! ? But why was he so angry in the first place? Illustrator Satoshi Kitamura
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IN THE ATTIC (Andersen Press) (isbn:9781849392983)
Another 'classic' illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura about where a fertile imagination can take you
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A BOY WANTS A DINOSAUR (Andersen Press paperback) (isbn:1842705806)
"A boy wants one this much, a boy should have one," says Grandad and takes him to the Dino-Store
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A MESSAGE FOR SANTA (Andersen Press) (isbn:1842706969)
If you're not too sure about Santa... draw the line and let him know! Illustrated by Tony Ross
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The Rumblewick Letters - My Unwilling Witch. Rumblewick writes to his uncle Sherbet for help with his witch who insists on wearing pink and marrying a prince. With letters and spells to open out. Illustrated by Sarah Warburton (isbn:9781846165764)

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Rumblewick and the Dinner Dragons (isbn:9781846160646)
Rumblewicks witch, Haggy Aggy, has told him to invite some terri-frying dragons for dinner. But what will he cook or will they cook HIM??
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Rumblewick's Diary, My UnWilling Witch Goes To Ballet School (isbn:9781846160653)
Haggy Aggy is determined to get to dance the princess in Swan Lake
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Rumblewick's Diary, My Unwilling Witch Starts A Girl Band (isbn:9781846160677)
Haggy Aggy is starting a Girl Band and wants RB in it even though it's clear as new moonlight he is not a girl
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Rumblewick's Diary, My Unwilling Witch Gets Cooking (isbn:9781846160691)
Haggy Aggy sets her heart on becoming a Celebrity TV chef
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Rumblewick's Diary, My Unwilling Witch Sleeps Over (isbn:9781846160707)
Should RB tell Haggy Aggy's new bestest best friends they've invited a WITCH to sleep over?
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Rumblewick's Diary, My Unwilling Witch Gets A Makeover (isbn:9781846160660)
Now Haggy Aggy wants a total make-over so she can become a slinky supermodel in top-to-toe pink
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Rumblewick's Diary, My Unwilling Witch Starts A Fun Park (isbn:9781846160714)
Haggy Aggy realises kids love to be scared and wants to make them the scariest fun park ever
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Rumblewick's Diary, My Unwilling Witch Flies HIgh (isbn:9781846160721)
Haggy Aggy wants to join the circus as the highest trapeze flyer ever
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Rumblewick's Diary, My Unwilling Witch Skates On Thin Ice (isbn:9781846160684)
Haggy Aggy's wants a skating instructor so she can learn to dance on ice even though it's wake-the-dead time and she should be dancing on graves
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BEING IMPOSSIBLE (isbn:9781846163364)
A cat who plays the piano and trumpet comes into Logan's life and changes her and her family forever
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THE GOOD MOOD HUNT (OUP) (isbn:0192725505)
Moods come and go. Hannah loses her good mood and sets out on a hunt to get it back
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MINE! (Frances Lincoln) (isbn:0-7112-0682-1)
Isabel climbs onto Claudia's rocking horse. "Mine!" shrieks Claudia and pushes her off...
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MR STRONGMOUSE AND THE BABY (Orchard Books) (isbn:1-84362-588-1)
The strongest mouse in history finds being strong isn't everything it's pumped up to be
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THE HEFFALUMP GRUMP (Orchard Books) (isbn:1-84362-792-2)
Gran's lap and his ragged old bear - that's the cure for a Heffa-sized Grump
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RUBBADUCK AND RUBY ROO (isbn:184270236X)
Where do old toys go to make new lives? Here...
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WHEN WISHING COMES TRUE (Orchard Bks) (isbn:978-1-84616-456-9)
First wish then do - that's when wishing comes true
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THE BEST PARTY OF THEM ALL (Frances Lincoln) (isbn:9780711221109)
For the twins, the best birthday party is the simplest birthday party - because it's theirs
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JUST DOG(Experian prize winner, Orchard Bks, only available 'used') (isbn:1-86039-809-X)
Dog thinks he deserves a more exciting name than 'just dog'...
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Mona the Vampire - THE HAIRY HANDS (isbn:1-84362-816-3)
Charlie disappears after crashing his bike - has he been grabbed by The Hairy Hands?
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Mona the Vampire - THE BIG BROWN BAP MONSTER (isbn:1-84362-815-5)
What's the only thing that can scare a Bap Monster? MONA THE VAMPIRE!
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Mona the Vampire - THE TINNED POLTERGEIST (isbn:1-84362-814-7)
What do you do with a key-stealing, chair-moving poltergeist? Put it in a tin, of course
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Mona the Vampire - THE JACKPOT DISASTER (isbn:1-84362-817-1)
Angela's dad's got rich and Angela's turned so nasty only a vampire can save her
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BADGER'S PARTY (isbn:9780006645542)
Mole hasn't anything to take to Badger's Bring Something Party - except himself
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BADGER'S BAD MOOD (isbn:9780006646808)
What's causing Badger's bad mood and keeping him home? Mole has a good idea
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THE VACKEES - The Musical (libretto and vocal score)
Evacuated kids have their own war. Music by Carl Davis. Josef Weinberger's Tel: 020 7580 2827
THE GOOD TIME BOYS (A Play in the A&C Black's Curtain Up series) (isbn:9780713646276)
Based on an old African folktale, two good time boys learn to play their part in village life
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THE MERMAID - The Musical (libretto and score) Music by Carl Davis
Original stage version of the Andersen tale. From Faber Music T:01279 828907
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Book Type:
Fiction for children (any age), Picture books, Fiction 5-9

children's books, school plays, musicals, family musicals, children's TV, animation, witch, Rumblewick, cats, Familiar, Haggy Aggy, fairies, Mona the Vampire, Kitamura, Tony Ross, Sarah Warburton, anger, moods, childrens emotions, workshops