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Steve Voake

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Personal statement

Steve Voake is Senior Lecturer in Writing for Young People. His first novel, 'The Dreamwalker's Child' was published by Faber and Faber in 2005 and has since been translated into many different languages. Its sequel, 'The Web of Fire' was one of the books recommended by the Education Secretary in 2007 to encourage teenage boys to read. 'Blood Hunters' (Faber and Faber) won 'Southhampton's Favourite Book Award' and was selected as one of the titles on the national 'Booked Up' scheme in 2009. 'Fightback' won the Bolton Book Award in 2011. The 'Daisy Dawson' series for younger readers became a bestseller for Scholastic in the U.S.

A non-fiction book about insects ('Insect Detective') won the English Association's Best Children's Illustrated Book of 2009.

At Bath Spa University, Steve teaches on the MA in Writing for Young People and the third year module 'Planning and Writing A Novel for Young People'.

Before writing his first novel, Steve was Headteacher of Kilmersdon Primary School in Somerset. In addition to his work at the university, he regularly teaches creative writing workshops to groups of Gifted and Talented children in Wiltshire and Somerset as well as providing creative writing workshops in schools across the country. He is also a regular tutor for the Arvon Foundation.

Steve has given talks on his work at various events including the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Cheltenham Literary Festival, Bath Literary Festival and Aberdeen Storytelling Festival.

Professional qualifications

  • BA (Hons) University of Liverpool
  • PGCE University of Exeter.

Teaching specialism

  • Writing for Young People.

External examiners

  • Supervisor, PhD
  • Examiner, PhD.

 Other external roles

  • Tutor, The Arvon Foundation
  • Tutor, Gifted and Talented writing workshops for Wiltshire LEA / BANES LEA
  • Facilitator, Creative Writing workshops in schools
  • Selection Panel Booktrust National Letterbox Club 2010
  • External Adviser Headteacher Appointment, Wells Cathedral School
  • INSET provider for schools in Creative Writing / Gifted and Talented provision
  • Selection Panel Booktrust National 'Booked Up' Scheme 2011
  • Workshop Leader Wrexham Community Project 2011
  • Adjudicator, The Threshold Prize, 2012
  • Tutor, Guardian Masterclass 'Writing for Young People' 2015.

Research and academic outputs

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Maxwell Mutt and the downtown dogs
book

Voake, S (2016) Maxwell Mutt and the downtown dogs. Walker Books, London. ISBN 9781406357530


Hooey Higgins and the storm
book

Voake, S (2014) Hooey Higgins and the storm. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406343311


Hooey Higgins and the awards of awesomeness
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Voake, S (2013) Hooey Higgins and the awards of awesomeness. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406334302


Hooey Higgins and the big day out
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Voake, S (2012) Hooey Higgins and the big day out. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406334296


Hooey Higgins goes for gold
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Voake, S (2012) Hooey Higgins goes for gold. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406322415


Daisy Dawson on the farm
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Voake, S (2012) Daisy Dawson on the farm. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406327489


Dark woods
book

Voake, S (2011) Dark woods. Faber & Faber, London. ISBN 9780571260058


Hooey Higgins and the big boat race
book

Voake, S (2011) Hooey Higgins and the big boat race. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406322408


Daisy Dawson at the seaside
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Voake, S (2011) Daisy Dawson at the seaside. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406327472


Hooey Higgins and the tremendous trousers
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Voake, S (2010) Hooey Higgins and the tremendous trousers. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406322361


Fightback
book

Voake, S (2010) Fightback. Faber & Faber, London. ISBN 9780571230037


Hooey Higgins and the shark
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Voake, S (2010) Hooey Higgins and the shark. Walker Books, London. ISBN 9781406322347


Insect detective
book

Voake, S (2009) Insect detective. Walker Books, London. ISBN 9781406310511


Blood hunters
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Voake, S (2009) Blood hunters. Faber & Faber, London. ISBN 9780571230013


Daisy Dawson and the big freeze
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Voake, S (2009) Daisy Dawson and the big freeze. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406311020


Daisy Dawson and the secret pool
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Voake, S (2008) Daisy Dawson and the secret pool. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406304015


The starlight conspiracy
book

Voake, S (2007) The starlight conspiracy. Faber & Faber, London. ISBN 9780571229987


Daisy Dawson
book

Voake, S (2007) Daisy Dawson. Walker Books. ISBN 9781406300802


The web of fire
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Voake, S (2006) The web of fire. Faber. ISBN 9780571223497


The dreamwalker's child
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Voake, S (2005) The dreamwalker's child. Faber. ISBN 9780007233342


My brother saves things
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Voake, S (2016) 'My brother saves things.' In: Fanaiyan, N and Carroll, M, eds. Tremble: the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. IPSI, Canberra, pp. 81-82. ISBN 9781740884488


How to write for young people
conference_item

Voake, S (2014) How to write for young people. In: Stratford Literary Festival 2014, 26 April - 4 May 2014, Stratford Artshouse.


Pencil
exhibition

Voake, S (2017) Pencil. In: Poems on the Buses at the Guernsey Literary Festival, St Peter Port, Guernsey, UK, 10 - 14 May 2017.


Why I write
audio

Voake, S (2016) Why I write.


Life-changing literature
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Voake, S (2016) Life-changing literature.


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