Linda Hoy has written fourteen books for children and young adults and edited two anthologies. Her first novel, YOUR FRIEND, REBECCA, was a set book in many comprehensive schools. Her novel for younger children, HADDOCK ‘N’ CHIPS was winner of the 1994 Children’s Book Award and UNITED ON VACATION was shortlisted for the same award in 1995.
In 1985, Linda’s first television play, EMILY, was winner of the Silver Award for Drama in New York; in 1999 she received a Writers’ Award from the Arts Council for her first adult novel.
Linda is an inspirational speaker and teacher who has run creative writing workshops with such diverse groups as prisoners, probation officers, psychiatric patients and innumerable school and university students. She has a particular interest in spirituality and the interfaith movement and has held numerous positions of responsibility in the Society of Friends (Quakers).
From 2003-2007, Linda was the Royal Literary Fund fellow at St John’s University in York where she offered writing advice to students on a one-to-one basis, gave lectures and readings and pioneered a new module in Writing and Spirituality. From 2007-2010, Linda was RLF fellow in Sheffield University’s Department of Animal and Plant Science where she advised both staff and students on essays, academic papers and books on birds and bees.
Linda enjoys Americana, live rock music and walking in the Peak District National Park. She lives in Sheffield with a large fish tank fitted inside her old piano.
© Linda Hoy, 2014