Prolific award-winning British novelist, playwright and poet. Born in Liverpool in 1943. She was interested in writing and poetry from an early age, having poems and stories published as a child. As an adult, after a career as a teacher and social worker, she became a full-time novelist of mainly children's books. Two of her children's novels have won the Carnegie Medal.
Ms. Doherty told me she learnt to ride in order to write Spellhorn, a unicorn story. After this book, equines also appeared in more of her work: two picture books which feature a horse and a donkey respectively, a children's novel in which a pony makes an appearance, plus a ghostly tale about a spooky horse.
As well as writing children's books, she has also published works of poetry and written plays for radio and TV, including two adaptations of her own novels. She now lives in the Peak District, which has provided the setting for some of her more recent novels.
Berlie Doherty has her own website.
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