Ghillian Potts


Ghillian Potts is now 84. As well as bringing up a family, she has worked in bookshops, in educational publishing and as a secondary school teacher. She has been writing continuously, both prose and verse, since she was 7.  At that age she got out of a bit of housework by saying, “Must I, Mum? I’m writing a Poem!” in her best whine. To her amazement, her mum at once said, “Oh, all right, I’ll do it!” Obviously,writing was a Good Thing.

As well as a number of stories for younger children published in the 1990s and 2000s, one of which, Sink or Swim, featured on Jackanory , she has written historical readers for a local school. Young adult novels have been written at various stages in her career, but none have been published until now.

Ghillian is the author of

The Old Woman from Friuli ( suitable for 5-9 year olds) Illustrated by Ed Boxall  published in June 2017

and The Naming of Brook Storyteller  a fantasy series for young adults and older children (9-18)

Book One: Brat  published June 2017

Book Two: Spellbinder published December 2017

Book Three: Wolftalker will published in June 2018


previous publications:

Sink or Swim 1993

A Witch in the Classroom 2000

Diary Days 2005