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Ann Coburn

  • Time to Write, 2004
Ann Coburn

A children’s novelist and a playwright, Ann Coburn has written 20 children’s books, the latest of which are Glint, a novel for older readers; and Dream Team, an ongoing series for younger readers (eight written and four published so far). Her plays are published by Oberon Books. Her children’s books are published by HarperCollins, Heinemann, Random House and Walker Books. When not writing under her own name, Ann enjoys a parallel life as a children’s fiction ghost writer.

Ann has written seven theatre play commissions, including: Get Up and Tie Your Fingers, winner of the John Whiting Award; The Devil’s Ground, winner of a CP Taylor Bursary; and, for children, Alex and the Warrior and The Last Snow Rider (all toured by NTC). She has just completed her eighth theatre commission, to be toured in 2013.

An experienced creative writing tutor and mentor, Ann works with prose writers and playwrights of all ages. Currently, she is the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Newcastle University and she also tutors on their MA creative writing programme.


Selected publications
Dream Team: Flying Solo (Walker Books, 2006)
Dream Team: Showtime (Walker Books, 2006)
Glint (Random House Children’s Books, Red Fox imprint, 2005)
Three Plays: Get Up & Tie Your Fingers, Safe, The Devil’s Ground (Oberon Books, 2003)
Alex and the Warrior (Oberon Books, 2004)

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