Professor Gervase Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education advisor and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, In 2006 he became President of The School Library Association. He has published many articles, chapters and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections. Additionally he has published collections of his own plays, poems, picture books and short stories. Gervase Phinn is probably best known for his best-selling autobiographical novels: The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale and Head Over Heels in the Dales, published by Michael Joseph, which he read on the Radio 4 programme ‘Book of the Week.’ Head Over Heels in the Dales was a number one best seller. Television and radio appearances include Esther (BBC 1), Midweek (Radio 4), You and Yours (Radio 4), Open House with Gloria Hunniford (ITV), North East Tonight, (Tyne Tees Television), Today (Radio 4), Calendar (Yorkshire Television), Breakfast Television (BBC1), The BBC World Service, The Heaven and Earth Show (BBC 2), The Des O ‘Connor Show (LWT), Quote-Unquote (Radio 4), Look North (BBC 1), The Big Toe Radio Show (Digital Radio), Just One Chance (BBC 2), Book at Bedtime (Radio 4), Book of the Week (Radio 4) and` A Good Read (Radio 4), The Sunday Programme (GMTV), Christmas Voices (BBC1), The Politics Show (BBC1) Gervase is an accomplished speaker and is a past winner of “The Speaker of the Year Award’ from the Association of Speakers’ Clubs and his most recent book, Up and Down in the Dales, won the Customer Choice Award at the Spoken Book Awards. “A born raconteur,” Guardian “Gervase Phinn is one of the most accomplished public speakers of any kind. A natural storyteller, he combines the timing of the professional comedian with palpable warmth and the ability to deliver a message that is more than just a series of jokes,” The Times Educational Supplement.