Janni Howker is a British writer of adult and children's fiction who has adapted her own books for the screen. She has worked across the UK running creative writing workshops for adults and children, and is involved in several arts development programmes.[when?]
Howker was born in Cyprus to a British military family with Lancashire roots. She lives in a cottage near the "very remote" Scottish border, and several of her books are set in the region, which she calls "my inspiration". The most important may be Martin Farrell, which features a boy caught in the midst of the bloody feuds of the Border Reivers.
For The Nature of the Beast and again next year for Isaac Campion in 1986, Howker was a highly commended runner-up for the annual Carnegie Medals from the Library Association, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subject. (From 1979 to 2002 the distinction was approximately annual, with 29 high commendations in a 24-year period including Howker alone for both 1985 and 1986.)
The U.S. review service Kirkus covered at least three of Howker's books (‡). Badger on the Barge and The Topiary Garden garnered starred reviews and the service called Isaac Campion "another glowing novel" and "unforgettable".