Award-winning author, public speaker and proud Yorkshireman Dr Gervase Phinn is special guest at an upcoming fundraiser.

Dr Gervase Phinn, best known for his autobiographical award-winning novels about school life in Yorkshire, is guest speaker at a fundraiser.

The School Inspector Calls has been organised by the Market Rasen Friends of Andy's at St Andrew's Hospice.

It's taking place on Friday, July 14 at Middle Rasen Village Hall from 7.30pm. Tickets, including light refreshments, cost £10 and are available from Peter Rhodes Electrical, in Market Rasen (01673 842361).

Here's some more facts about the proud Yorkshireman...

  • He taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser and school inspector. He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, a consultant for the Open University, Honorary Fellow of St. John's College, York and the Fellow and Visiting Professor of Education at The University of Teesside.

  • He has published many articles, chapters and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections.

  • His books of stories for children, What's the Matter, Royston Knapper? and Royston Knapper: The Return of the Rogue are best­sellers.

  • But he 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, which he read on the Radio 4 programme 'Book of the Week.' Head Over Heels in the Dales was a number one best­seller.

  • 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) and Book of the Week (Radio 4).

  • In 2004 Gervase was honoured to receive "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.

  • He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Honorary Fellow of the English Speaking Board.

  • He is married with four grown-up children.


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