Andrew Thorn, author and writing workshop leader
I’m Andrew Thorn. I write novels for young adults and run writing workshops for primary and secondary schools around the Gloucester area. Welcome to my website.
I started out as a theatre writer, director and performer, having trained at the Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance where I graduated with a BA in community theatre arts and a post grad in theatre studies. I’ve written plays, teachers’ packs and educational CD-ROMs for schools.
I moved into writing novels a few years ago. My first novel, Killjoy, won the Kinglake Unpublished Author competition for thrillers. My second, Gravelight, took second place in the 2010 YouWriteOn Children’s Book of the Year chart, before being re-titled The Young Book of the Dead.
Oh, and I’ve also taught residential drama and video summer schools in London, done a tour as composer and musical director for Cannon Hill Puppet Theatre, and been physical theatre artist-in-residence at Alton Towers
For the past twenty-three years I’ve worked with my wife Jan (the writer Jarek Adams), creating innovative theatre for schools across the UK. In that time we have worked with over half a million children! We’ve also written and presented dozens of plays for museums and heritage venues such as the Natural History Museum, Warwick Castle and the RNLI.