Belinda Stephens

 Alumni profile 

Course studied: MA Writing for Young People
Graduating year: 2019

When not reading to the fairies in the rotary dryer pole-hole, school-aged Belinda dreamt up adventures as she roamed the Fens on pony or bike.

For ten years, she toured with London theatre companies and reviewed for The Stage before moving to Dorset to start a family and work as a Youth Service drama advisor and staff reporter for The Western Gazette. Twenty years ago, she became a primary and dyslexia teacher. Belinda loves working with young people and discovering what makes them tick. She also loves exploring distant lands and ancient places and going to sea in anything that floats.

Jack in Time was longlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019.

About Jack in Time

Granny’s died, Mum and Dad have split up, and now the new boy in school is threatening Jack’s status as Luther’s best friend. Wishing he could go back to a time before all that happened, Jack gets more than he bargained for when, on a school museum trip, a vintage bus whisks him away to Dorset – and 1944.

Befriended by Bertie, a feisty female evacuee, he discovers surprising reserves of courage and resilience as the pair confront life – and death – in an unpredictable world of bullies, bombs and broken families.

By staying to help his wartime friend secure her future, Jack risks giving up his own. Will he manage to find the last bus back to the twenty-first century before it’s too late?

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