Professor Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser and school inspector.
He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, a consultant for the Open University, Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, York and the Fellow and Visiting Professor of Education at The University of Teeside.
He has published many articles, chapters and books and edited a wide 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. Additionally, he has published collections of his own plays, poems, picture books and short stories.
Gervase is probably best known for his best-selling autobiographical novels: The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale and Head Over Heels in the Dales.
In 2004 Gervase was honoured to receive “The Speaker of the Year Award’ from the Association of Speakers’ Clubs.