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Dr Judith Heneghan is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and a novelist.
She has been teaching Creative Writing at the University of Winchester since 2006, where, for ten years, she was programme leader for the MA Writing for Children and Young Adults and, most recently, the MA Creative Writing (up to August 2019). She was awarded her Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) in 2018.
She has written many books for children, including Stonecipher (Anderson Press, 2005) and around 60 nonfiction and educational titles, as well as an illustrated children's book called Diver Bill about the diver William Walker under the name Judith Anderson, illustrated by Tony Kenyon (Matador, 2018). In 2013 she won the School Library Association Children's Choice Award for Love Your Hamster.
Other nonfiction writing includes the independently published This Is My Home Now in association with SWVG and funded by an Arts Council grant, and a regular column for the Hampshire Chronicle newspaper until 2013. 
Her first novel for adults, Snegurochka (Salt, 2019), is set in Kiyv in 1992. Her latest novel, Birdeye, comes out in May 2024 with Salt. Set in the Catskills, upstate New York, Birdeye imagines what the hippy dream looks like fifty years on, when secrets masked by free spirit and a determined nonconformism force their way to the surface.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). 

Areas of expertise

  • Literary fiction
  • Fiction for young people
  • Creative nonfiction for adults and young people
  • Publishing



Fiction for children:

  • The King of Kites (Evans, 2009)
  • Stonecipher (Andersen Press, 2005)

Sixty children's nonfiction books, including the following series:

  • Behind the Scenes (Wayland, 2009)
  • Nature’s Miracles (Wayland, 2009)
  • Media Power (Franklin Watts, 2010)
  • Helping Out (Wayland, 2011)
  • Your Perfect Pet (Wayland, 2012)
  • Dragon School (Wayland, 2013)
  • Mad About (Wayland, 2014)
  • Plant Life (Wayland, 2015)
  • All Kinds Of... (Wayland, 2019)


Diver Bill under the name Judith Anderson, illustrated by Tony Kenyon (Matador, 2019)

Adult nonfiction:

This Is My Home Now - a book of edited interviews forming part of a multi-media touring exhibition about the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees in the Southampton area (2011/12)

Adult fiction:

Birdeye (Salt, 2024)

Snegurochka (Salt, 2019)

Flash fiction including 'Mole' (Imagistic) and 'Cheesefoot Head' (Chalk 10 Days)

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