Joanna Nadin

Personal statement

Dr Joanna Nadin is Lecturer in Writing for Young People, teaching workshop and publishing modules on the MA.

A former broadcast journalist and special adviser to the Prime Minister, since leaving politics Joanna has written more than 80 books for children, teenagers and adults, including the award-winning Penny Dreadful series (Usborne), the critically acclaimed YA novels Eden, Wonderland and Undertow (Walker), and the Carnegie-nominated Joe All Alone (Little, Brown), which is now a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. She has won the Fantastic Book Award, the Highland Book Award, and the Surrey Book Award, and been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Prize, the Best Book Award, and Queen of Teen among many others.

She has appeared and chaired events at Hay, Edinburgh and Cheltenham Festivals numerous times. She writes across all ages and most genres, including non-fiction and educational series. Her latest books include the Bloomsbury series for 6-8s The Worst Class in the World, the biography Alan Turing – A Life (Scholastic), and a middle grade retelling of Sense and Sensibility for Hachette. She also freelances as a speechwriter and lectures on creative writing for Bloomsbury Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook events.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD Creative Writing - Bath Spa University
  • MA Contemporary Cultural Processes - Goldsmiths
  • BA (Hons) Drama - Hull

Professional memberships

  • Society of Authors

Areas of expertise

Joanna teaches on the workshop and publishing modules of the MA. Her interests include contemporary young adult and middle grade literature, explorations of identity, the publishing industry.


Joanna's novels have sold nearly a million copies in the UK, and been translated into many languages worldwide. She has won several awards for her children's fiction, and the Carnegie-nominated Joe All Alone is now a BAFTA-winning BBC drama. She has appeared and chaired at all major literary festivals, and is a regular radio and TV guest, as well as writing for national broadsheets and magazines including The Guardian and Red.

Research supervision

Joanna welcomes enquiries to supervise postgraduate research on the following topics:

  • Young adult literature
  • Middle grade literature
  • Identity in adolescence
  • Novels set in the 1970s-1990s.

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