Gervase Phinn

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Gervase Phinn (born 27 December 1946, Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire, England) is an English author and educator. After a career as a teacher he became a schools inspector and, latterly, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside.

He has published five volumes of memoir, collections of poetry and a number of books about education. He has a particular interest in children's literature and literacy.

He is married with four grown-up children.


Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser and school inspector. He is now:


He has published many articles, chapters and books and edited a range of poetry and short story collections.

His academic texts include:

  • Young Readers and their Books, published by David Fulton* Touches of Beauty: Poetry in the Primary School and Reading Matters

He has published collections of his own plays, poems, picture books and short stories, including his anthologies of verse:

  • Classroom Creatures
  • It Takes One to Know One
  • The Day Our Teacher Went Batty
  • Family Phantoms

Books of stories for children:

  • What's the Matter, Royston Knapper?
  • Royston Knapper: The Return of the Rogue
  • Our Cat Cuddles (a picture book)

Dales series[edit]

Phinn is probably best known for his memoirs, many of which he has read as audiobooks:

  • The Other Side of the Dale (1998, Michael Joseph)
  • Over Hill and Dale (2000, Michael Joseph)
  • Head Over Heels in the Dales (2002, Michael Joseph)
  • Up and Down in the Dales (2004, Michael Joseph)
  • The Heart of the Dales (2007, Michael Joseph)

Associated books[edit]

  • A Wayne in a Manger


  • All These Lonely People (2009, Penguin Books)
  • Out of the Woods but Not Over the Hill (2010, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Little Village School (2011, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Trouble at the Little Village School (2012, Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Road to the Dales – The story of a Yorkshire Lad[1] (2010, Penguin) – a memoir of his early childhood

Television and radio appearances[edit]


In 2004 Gervase Phinn received "The Speaker of the Year Award" from the Association of Speakers' Clubs. Up and Down in the Dales, won the Customer Choice Award at the Spoken Book Awards.

In 2005 the highest academic award of Sheffield Hallam University, Doctor of the University (D.Univ.) was conferred upon him by the Chancellor, Professor Lord Winston.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He is an Honorary Fellow of the English Speaking Board.


  1. ^ "Biography of Gervase Phinn". Retrieved 2013-05-05. 

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