Susan Purcell

Susan Purcell

Author of books on language and literacy

Also writes as

Susan Harvey, the Virtual Linguist
http://www.virtuallinguist.typepad.com
virtuallinguist@googlemail.com
01483 303188
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Available for

After dinner, Commission, Interview, Talk, Workshop

Audiences

Age 7 to 11, Age 11 to 14, Age 14 to 16, Age 16 to 18+, Adult

Book types

Alphabet, Educational

Organisations

  • Member of the Society of Authors
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Linguists

Details

I write about language, words and dictionaries, and give light-hearted talks on how dictionaries are compiled, on who gets to decide whether a word is really a word, on the history of dictionaries and of English, on word origins, and on other language-related topics. 

I am a qualified teacher and act as literacy consultant to publishers. In addition, I compile crosswords and teach courses on how to solve cryptic crosswords.

I have spoken on UK and US local radio stations on clich├ęs, unusual words, the language of texting, crosswords and on other topics. You can see the sort of things I am interested in by clicking on the Virtual Linguist blog link above, or by putting Virtual Linguist in a search engine.

I live in Guildford, Surrey but am prepared to travel. I speak French, German and Russian.

Books

I have written over 25 books including

978-1848104792

Junior Dictionary and Thesaurus

 Colourful and informative. Suitable for Key Stage 2. 
978-1508196563

My Book of Words

 An ideal way to introduce very young children to the concept of words. 
978-1508196006

My Book of Letters

 This book introduces very young children to the alphabet. 
978-1786172068

Get Set Go; Learn to Read

 A series of fairy tales retold simply to practise phonics. 

The Kingfisher Illustrated Pocket Thesaurus

 An essential tool for building writing and reading skills, or simply for finding the right word 

Keywords

DICTIONARIES DICTIONARY ENGLISH FRENCH GERMAN GRAMMAR LANGUAGE LANGUAGES LINGUIST LINGUISTICS NAMES RUSSIAN WORD ORIGINS