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Gervase Phinn - Author

About the Author

Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years until, in 1984, he became General Adviser for Language Development in Rotherham. Four years later he was appointed Senior General Inspector for English and Drama with North Yorkshire County Council and was subsequently made Principal Adviser for the county. He is now a freelance lecturer and adviser, and Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside.

He has lectured widely in this country and has published many articles on the use of English in education. He has published collections of his own plays and stories and has contributed to several anthologies; his own anthology of poems, Classroom Creatures, has also been published.


Gervase Phinn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is widely sought after as a speaker and recently was an immediate star on Esther Rantzen's television show, Esther, appearing a second time due to public demand. He is married with four children and lives in a village just outside Doncaster. 

Featured books by Gervase Phinn

The Virgin Mary's Got Nits A Christmas Anthology

The Virgin Mary's Got Nits A Christmas Anthology

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/11/2014

A touching and hilarious gift book of poetry and prose on the subject of children and Christmas from the Yorkshire school inspector and bestselling author of the Dales series and Little Village School series.

The School Inspector Calls A Little Village School Novel

The School Inspector Calls A Little Village School Novel

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/06/2014

The third Little Village School novel Summer has arrived in Barton-in-the-Dale and as a new term begins at the little primary school, it's not just the warm weather that's getting people hot under the collar. Meetings with the teachers from Urebank School to discuss the merger are producing more than a few fireworks, a disruptive new pupil arrives, set to cause trouble, and a surprising staff love affair is exposed. There's also a big school production of The Wizard of Oz to organise as well as an impending visit from the Minister of Education. Headteacher Elisabeth Devine certainly has her work cut out for her. And that's just some of the drama set to shake-up the village. Throw in a sprinkling of secrets, shocking revelations, old flames, new liaisons, psychics, weddings and misfortune ...There's plenty to gossip about this term.

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Other books by Gervase Phinn

Don't Tell the Teacher

Don't Tell the Teacher

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2006

Brilliantly observed as always, family, teachers, pupils and the dreaded school inspector all leap to life in this wonderfully warm and witty, brand new, poetry collection from bestseller Gervase Phinn. New kids, disobedient deputy heads, school reports and fireworks, daydreamers and embarrassing mums all make an appearance. And if read on you might even just discover the whereabouts of Colin's confiscated conkers...just don't tell the teacher!

Bad Becky in Trouble

Bad Becky in Trouble

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/01/2005

Bad Becky is cheeky (but charming), opinionated and always in some kind of trouble. But you can't help loving her! I mean wouldn't you rather hear a story about a princess who gets gobbled up by the dragon rather than another soppy one wher the prince saves the princess? And if a magician at a party was rubbish wouldn't you point it out? And who wants their horrible Great Aunt Mildred visiting? So really, Becky is just doing everyone a favour... A wickedly funny new series for readers gaining confidence. Bad Becky's got attitude!

What I Like! Poems for the Very Young

What I Like! Poems for the Very Young

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2004

This entertaining volume of verse for the very young is the perfect introduction to poetry. It includes poems about everything that is important to children: animals, family, food - and some very good jokes. Jane Eccles' humorous and wacky illustrations perfectly complement this lively and amusing collection.

Dominic's Discovery

Dominic's Discovery

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2004

Dominic's middle name is trouble, but not because he's got a troublesome nature, but quite simply because he's ALWAYS in the wrong place at the wrong time. So it's not surprising that he's only allowed on the school trip to Thundercliff Bay - home to pirate legend, chilling ghost stories and lost treasure - by the skin of his teeth. Or that strict Mr Risley-Newsome, who has his beady eye on him, makes him stay at the youth hostel for forgetting his walking boots. What is surprising is that a very special discovery made by Dominic saves the day when the whole class is in serious danger, and proves to everyone that sometimes he can be in the right place at the right time.

Family Phantoms

Family Phantoms

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2003

Head Over Heels in the Dales

Head Over Heels in the Dales

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2003

Head Over Heels in the Dales is the third volume in Gervase Phinn's bestselling Dales Series 'Could you tell me how to spell sex please?' Gervase Phinn thinks he's heard just about everything in his two years as a school inspector, but a surprising enquiry from an angelic six-year-old reminds him never to take children for granted. This year Gervase has lots of important things on his mind - his impending marriage to Christine Bentley (the prettiest headteacher for miles around), finding somewhere idyllic to live in the Yorkshire Dales, and the chance of a promotion. All of which generate their fair share of excitement, aided and abetted as usual by his colleagues in the office. In Head Over Hells in the Dales, join Gervase Phinn in the classroom where he faces his greatest challenge: keeping a straight face as teachers and children alike conspire to have him laughing out loud. 'Gervase Phinn's memoirs have made him a hero in school staff-rooms' Daily Telegraph Gervase Phinn is an author and educator from Rotherham who, after teaching for fourteen years in a variety of schools, moved to North Yorkshire to be a school inspector. He has written autobiographies, novels, plays, collections of poetry and stories, as well as a number of books about education. He holds five fellowships, honorary doctorates from Hull, Leicester and Sheffield Hallam universities, and is a patron of a number of children's charities and organizations. He is married with four adult children. His books include The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale, Head Over Heels in the Dales, The Heart of the Dales, Up and Down in the Dales and Trouble at the Little Village School.

Royston Knapper: Return of the Rogue

Royston Knapper: Return of the Rogue

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/12/2002

The second collection of Royston Knapper stories, in which the naughtiest, noisiest boy in the school is on the loose again! There's a broken window, a car crash, trouble in Accident and Emergency and a narrowly avoided catastrophe on the beach. Sergeant Snaith thinks Royston is the bee's knees, so why is there a lynch mob out for his blood? There are six stories in this collection.

Our Cat Cuddles

Our Cat Cuddles

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Big book Release Date: 01/09/2002

Rich in language, humour and rhyme, this hilarious tale is perfectly complemented by Amanda Montgomery-Higham's witty illustrations. Lizzie and Dominic desperately want a kitten but they get much more than they bargain for! This version includes fun language activities for parents and teachers.

Our Cat Cuddles

Our Cat Cuddles

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2002

Rich in language, humour and rhyme, this hilarious tale is perfectly complemented by Amanda Montgomery-Higham's witty illustrations. Lizzie and Dominic desperately want a kitten but they get much more than they bargain for!

Our Cat Cuddles

Our Cat Cuddles

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2002

Rich in language, humour and rhyme, this hilarious tale is perfectly complemented by Amanda Montgomery-Higham's witty illustrations. Lizzie and Dominic desperately want a kitten but they get much more than they bargain for!

The Day Our Teacher Went Batty

The Day Our Teacher Went Batty

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2002

A second collection of poems based on familiar themes.....

What's the Matter, Royston Knapper?

What's the Matter, Royston Knapper?

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2001

Royston Knapper is heading for trouble! Penelope Pringle is always on his case. Teachers, parents and even his best mates seem to think he's the naughtiest boy around. How much chaos can a single schoolboy create? Eleven-year-old Royston Knapper is always up to mischief and in trouble as he disrupts his classroom, tricks his father, and brings home a vicious dog. In this collection of five short stories, the author depicts the adventures of this loveable rogue with his usual level of humour.

It Takes One to Know One

It Takes One to Know One

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/04/2001

This is a collection of poems based around the familiar themes of school and family, ranging from such topics as embarrassing and annoying parents, choosing a pet and running away from home, to reading around the class, facing the school inspector, and surviving a school trip. Some are funny, some are poignant, all are thought-provoking.

Over Hill and Dale

Over Hill and Dale

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2001

Over Hill and Dale is the second volume in Gervase Phinn's bestselling Dales series. 'Miss, who's that funny man at the back of the classroom? So begins school-inspector Gervase Phinn's second year among the frankly spoken pupils and teachers of North Yorkshire - the sight of Gervase with his notebook and pen provokes unexpected reactions from the children and adults alike. But Gervase is far from daunted - he is ready to brave the steely glare of the officious Mrs Savage, and even feels up to helping Dr Gore organize a gathering of the Feofees - just as soon as someone tells him what they are! He is still in pursuit of the lovely headteacher Christine Bentley, but will she feel the same? This is a delectable second helping of hilarious tales from the man who has been dubbed 'the James Herriot of schools'. In Over Hill and Dale, Gervase Phinn will have you laughing out loud. 'Gervase Phinn's memoirs have made him a hero in school staff-rooms' Daily Telegraph Gervase Phinn is an author and educator from Rotherham who, after teaching for fourteen years in a variety of schools, moved to North Yorkshire to be a school inspector. He has written autobiographies, novels, plays, collections of poetry and stories, as well as a number of books about education. He holds five fellowships, honorary doctorates from Hull, Leicester and Sheffield Hallam universities, and is a patron of a number of children's charities and organizations. He is married with four adult children. His books include The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale, Head Over Heels in the Dales, The Heart of the Dales, Up and Down in the Dales and Trouble at the Little Village School.

What's the Matter, Royston Knapper?

What's the Matter, Royston Knapper?

Author: Gervase Phinn Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2001

Royston Knapper is heading for trouble! Penelope Pringle is always on his case. Teachers, parents and even his best mates seem to think he's the naughtiest boy around. How much chaos can a single schoolboy create? Eleven-year-old Royston Knapper is always up to mischief and in trouble as he disrupts his classroom, tricks his father, and brings home a vicious dog. In this collection of five short stories, the author depicts the adventures of this loveable rogue with his usual level of humour.

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