Niel Bushnell

Children's author, Young adults' author, Author/Illustrator, Scriptwriter

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Winner - Northern Promise Prize, Northern Writers Awards 2011.
Short-listed - Warwickshire Secondary Book Award 2014
Short-listed - Spellbinding 2014, The Cumbrian Secondary Schools` Book Award
Long-listed - Blue Peter Book Awards 2014
Long-listed - Branford Boase Awards 2014

8-11 (Key stage 2), 11-13 (Key stage 3), 14-16 (Key stage 4), 11-16 (Key stages 3 and 4)


Hello! Who the devil am I? I'm glad you asked. I'm a writer and animator, and I have two books for children published in the UK by Andersen Press.

My first novel, Sorrowline, won the Northern Promise Award in the 2011 Northern Writers' Awards. My second book is called Timesmith and has already won an online book cover award. Both books have been translated and published in Germany, Brazil and Thailand - all places I've yet to visit!

My books are aimed at boys and girls aged 9 to 14 and upwards, so any class from Year 6 and older should find this of benefit. The themes of time travel, action, adventure with elements of fantasy and science fiction make it appealing to older teens as well. History plays a big part in Sorrowline and Timesmith, specifically 1940 and World War Two. I explore what it must have felt like to experience some of those terrifying events.

When I'm not writing, or talking about writing, I'm animating. I've worked on numerous film and TV projects including The Dumping Ground for CBBC and the Doctor Who DVD range. I’m a member of the Society of Authors, the National Association of Writers in Education and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

I live in the north-east of England with my wife and two daughters.

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I've written two children's books and am working on a third.
Sorrowline (isbn:978-1849395236)
When twelve year old Jack Morrow discovers he can travel through Sorrowlines - channels that connect every gravestone to the date of the person's death - he's thrown into a world of adventure with his teenage grandfather in World War II.
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Timesmith (isbn:978-1783440320)
Thirteen-year-old Jack Morrow finds himself in a secret world deep under the streets of 1940's London. Hunted by the undead knights of the Paladin Jack must find the lost sword of Durendal before it can be used to resurrect the evil Rouland.
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Society of Authors
National Association of Writers in Education
BAFTA (British Academy Of Film & Television Arts)
The Federation of Children's Book Groups
The Royal Television Society
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Other search criteria:

Sci-fi and Fantasy

Book Type:
Fiction 8-13, Young Adult

Skype, animation, world war II, childrens, fantasy, adventure, science, fiction, series, novel, history,