Christopher Edge

Children's author

Available for:
After dinner speaking


Contact: Email or contact me via my website at

Winner of the Stockport Schools' Book Award. Nominated for 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Longlisted for the 2017 UKLA Book Awards. WShortlisted for the Teach Primary New Children's Fiction Award, the Northern Ireland Book Award, the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award, the Warwickshire Secondary Book Award, the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year Award, the Dudley Teen Book Award, the Oldham Schools' Book Award, Southampton's Favourite Book Award, the Redbridge Children's Book Award, the Coventry Inspiration Book Award, the Harrow School Library Service Book Award, the Chorlton Children's Book Award, the St Helens Book Award, the Hounslow Junior Book Award, the East Sussex Children's Book Award. and the Phoenix Book Award. Selected by the International Youth Library for The White Ravens 2013.

Adults, 8-11 (Key stage 2), 5-11 (Key stages 1 and 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4), 6th Form and college


 "The children have not stopped writing since your visit! Thank you for a fabulous session which inspired both our pupils and staff!"
- Samantha Saville, Deputy Head, Stratton C of E Primary School

"Christopher Edge brought tales of mystery, crime and adventure to life through some really innovative activities. We'd definitely invite Christopher back for future events and look forward to working with him again."
- Ria Bartlett, Learning Programmes Manager at the British Library

Christopher Edge is a children's author who grew up in Manchester where he spent most of his childhood in the local library dreaming up stories, but now lives in Gloucestershire where he spends most of his time in the local library dreaming up stories. 

His most recent novel, The Many Worlds of Albie Bright, was chosen by The Times as their Children's Book of the Week, and has been nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal, longlisted for the 2017 UKLA Book Awards, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award, and has been described by the award-winning writer Frank Cottrell Boyce as "a book with a big brain, big laughs, and a big, big heart", and his new novel, The Jamie Drake Equation, will be published in March 2017.

His other books include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Penny Dreadful series of historical mysteries, including Twelve Minutes to MidnightShadows of the Silver Screen and The Black Crow Conspiracy. He is also the author of How to Write Your Best Story Ever! and How To Be A Young #Writer, inspirational guides to creative writing for children and teenagers. His books have been included in the Summer Reading Challenge, Bookbuzz and Read for My School programmes.

As a former teacher and educationalist, Christopher has a great understanding of the role of reading in schools and how an author visit can create excitement and help drive achievement. He has taught English, worked as an educational publisher developing classroom resources, and, as a freelance education consultant, worked with the Department of Education writing publications about improving and promoting reading. 

His sessions can include:

  • an author talk where he talks about his books from initial inspiration to publication, giving insights into the writing process and providing advice for aspiring authors. 
  • a writing workshop where he shares some of the strategies and techniques showcased in his creative writing books for children and teenagers.

Christopher also runs training sessions for teachers exploring strategies for promoting reading for pleasure, getting reluctant students reading and building a reading culture across the school, drawing on the work he has done for the Department of Education and other educational organisations.

Christopher is based in Gloucestershire but is willing to travel throughout the UK and internationally. He is a member of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and has an enhanced disclosure certificate and £2 million public liability insurance cover. If you are interested in inviting Christopher to visit your school, please feel free to contact him to ask about fees and discuss any queries you may have.

Christopher is also available for other events such as library visits, bookshop talks and festival appearances, and has appeared at literary festivals such as the Hay Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Oxford Literary Festival, and the Emirates Festival of Literature in Dubai. He has run creative writing workshops at the British Library, and also gave the keynote speech on reading at the 2014 National Association for the Teaching of English conference. Christopher has written articles on teaching, education, literature and reading which have appeared in publications such as The Guardian and Teach Primary magazine and has appeared on BBC Radio 4 Front Row. He is available for radio, TV, online and press interviews.

For more information about Christopher and his books, visit:


The Many Worlds of Albie Bright (isbn:978-0857636041)
Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal. "Proves the theory that novels about science can be enormous fun. Give the man his own element on the periodic table of children's authors." The Times, Children's Book of the Week
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Twelve Minutes to Midnight (isbn:0857630504)
"Pacy and tightly-plotted, this is an exuberant and entertaining adventure story set in an appealingly sinister Victorian London. " Booktrust. "An exceptional introduction to the mystery genre, it reads like a Sherlock Holmes for kids." The Bookbag.
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Shadows of the Silver Screen (isbn:9780857630520)
The second instalment in a thrilling sequence of spine-tingling novels that are cinematic in scope and full of mystery. "A gripping, page-turning adventure" Julia Eccleshare, Children's Editor of The Guardian
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The Black Crow Conspiracy (isbn:978-0857630544)
The third thrilling instalment in this spine-tingling series. "If you loved Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke, you'll love this series too." We Love This Book
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How To Write Your Best Story Ever! (isbn:978-0192743527)
'This new book is just the ticket for all budding young writers" Dad Info Blog, "a fabulous and inspirational guide to fiction and narrative" The Bookbag
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The Dead Ways (isbn:184647132X)
A chilling supernatural adventure that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. "More of a thriller than the hack-and-slash adventure of most zombie books, and youngsters will love it." SFX magazine
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Army of the Dead (isbn:1846471451)
The second thrilling book in THE DEAD WAYS series.
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i-SSASSINS (isbn:0435046012)
A teenage Spooks for the digital generation, i-SSASSINS is one of the leading titles in the HEROES series for reluctant readers (series editor Frank Cottrell Boyce). A fabulous story and so inventive! Christine Babbs, LRCC, Liberton High School
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How To Be A Hero (isbn:1848772114)
Do you know how to cross a troll bridge, escape from a dungeon or survive a banshee's wail? Learn all the skills a budding hero needs in this indispensable guide to the world of fantasy and legend. Filled with dragons, wizards, unicorns and more.
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How To Make Money (isbn:1407129651)
A fantastic, funny guide for any young reader wanting to make their first million. Learn how to find buried treasure, invent bestselling apps and make bags of cash. "Every budding Lord Sugar will love this book" Liverpool Echo
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Society of Authors, National Association of Writers in Education

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