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Dr Judith Heneghan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Programme Leader for the MA Writing for Children. She has been teaching Creative Writing at the University of Winchester since 2006 and was awarded her Doctor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing) in 2018. She has written nearly 60 books for children - mainly nonfiction and educational titles - as well as feature articles, novels and shorter fiction for children. In 2013 she won the School Library Association Children's Choice Award for Love Your Hamster. She is writing a new series of children's educational titles for Wayland (Hachette) and an illustrated children's book on the diver William Walker with Winchester artist Tony Kenyon. Her first novel for adults, Snegurochka, is set in Kiev in 1992 and is due to be published in 2019. She is currently researching a new novel for adults set in upstate New York.

Judith is also the Director of the Winchester Writers' Festival​.

Areas of expertise

Fiction and creative nonfiction for children, young people and adults. Writing fantasy, fairy tale and ghost stories. Literary fiction and historical fiction.


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)

Adult nonfiction:

This Is My H​ome 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:

Flash fiction including 'The Snow Maiden' (Yard & Metre), 'Mole' (Imagistic) and 'Cheesefoot Head' (Chalk 10 Days)



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