Seth Burkett

Seth Burkett

Writer specialising in football, YouTube and resilience
Booking enquiry
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Available for

Workshop, Talk, Reading, Commission a book


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


Health, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Sport

Book types

Fiction for children, Fiction 8-13, Non-fiction for adults, Non-fiction for young-adults


Hi there,


I use my experiences as a professional footballer and writer to teach the power of resilience and inspire reluctant readers. 


More recently, I've worked with some of the world's biggest YouTubers to tell their stories.


My books cover a broad spectrum. I've ghostwritten and edited non-fiction football and YouTube books, while also authoring children's books on football.


Because of this, I've got extensive experience of talking to audiences of between five and 300 in primary and secondary schools, universities, and businesses. 


I've also appeared multiple times on live television and national radio to discuss my books, most notably on the BBC and TalkSport.


I'm most comfortable either giving talks on resilience, careers in sports or my own experiences as a footballer and writer. I also run workshops on ghostwriting (giving pupils tips before asking them to ghostwrite each others' autobiographies), creative writing and sports writing, which is a key part of my role as an ambassador for Loughborough University's school outreach programme.


However, I'm always willing to step out of my comfort zone and try something new - both in terms of writing and speaking.


Described by The Daily Mirror as 'a captivating tale', The Boy in Brazil has been used as a set text to teach English and humanities in several schools, with one even giving an exam on it for their year 8 class. The topic also naturally lends itself to sport and has seen me lead PE lessons. Football's Coming Out has also been used by schools to discuss homophobia in football, as well as helping to spark an advertising campaign for a leading sports brand.


I am currently based in Stamford but am willing to travel anywhere in the UK and abroad. My usual fee is in line with the Society of Author's recommendations.


'Seth has been kind enough to visit my school twice. On both occasions he has captured pupils' imagination and interest. He speaks brilliantly and is able to engage youngsters. They wanted to know more and ask questions. It was fabulous from the perspective of teaching them about Brazil. However, Seth went further in inspiring the pupils to think out of the box and have ambitions - both from the football angle and also in writing a book. I would have Seth in again without any hesitation.' Nene Park Academy, Peterborough


'Seth has always remained punctual and professional - preparing any work to deadline - but, most importantly, he is a really personable character with an inspiring story that manages to truly capture students' imaginations.' Loughborough University

Event feedback

Brilliant day, and the students who took part really enjoyed themselves.

Stella Rezaei (Lealands High School)

Books by Seth Burkett

Seth Burkett grew up in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Upon leaving school he moved to Brazil to play professional football. His first book, The Boy in Brazil, documents a remarkable season in Sorriso and was shortlisted for the 2015 British Sport Book Awards. He has gone on to publish seven books, with several more in the pipeline. Most recently he has collaborated with YouTubers Woody and Kleiny to ghostwrite their memoirs, and also released Tekkers: a fictional football book aimed at ages 10-14. Seth visits tens of schools every year and continues to play football. Most recently he spent a season playing professionally in Sri Lanka.



When Zak isn't scoring goals for his local football team, Redwood Rangers, he is endlessly working on his freestyle videos with his dad. And when one of those videos goes viral, his whole life changes. As the views come rolling in, everyone wants a piece of him. Barcelona want him to shoot an advert with Messi. Major sports brands want to endorse him. Suddenly his face is on every sports channel. But as his celebrity status grows, Zak begins to realise that online fame isn't all it's cracked up to be. Tekkers is an amusing and entertaining story about the power of social media with the core message that followers are great, but friends are even better. This is the first book in a planned trilogy of books following Zak on his football and YouTube journey. 
The Boy in Brazil

The Boy in Brazil

When Seth Burkett travelled to Brazil for a youth tournament with his local team Stamford, he was stunned by what happened next. Spotted by a scout, he accepted an offer to join Sorriso Esporte Clube in the central state of Mato Grosso and became a media celebrity as well as the only English professional in the football-crazy country.  
Football's Coming Out

Football's Coming Out

BEING gay in football - as fan or player - is to risk the homophobia that has run through the game for years. Neil Beasley tells honestly of the pains of growing up gay in the sport and fighting for his right to enjoy the game he loves without prejudice. 
The Social Struggle: How we Took Over the Internet

The Social Struggle: How we Took Over the Internet

With more than 10 million followers across their social media channels, @WoodyandKleiny have established themselves as two of the world's foremost internet content creators. But how did they do it? The Social Struggle: How We Took Over The Internet shares their story of initial failure that through determination became success. From overcoming broken homes and broken dreams, filming blurry videos for no more than 100 views, working every hour of the day for four years to make a handful of loose change, @WoodyandKleiny's tale is sure to inspire readers around the world. 
No Final Whistle

No Final Whistle

Alfie Bennett is going to be a superstar. He is absolutely sure of it. Every second of his life is dedicated to football. And when he gets signed up by the famous Borough Academy, it looks as if he's well and truly on the way to achieving his dream. Yet life at Borough isn't all that it seems... 

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