Anthony has been a youth worker, teacher and learning support tutor for children with dyslexia for 20 years, as well as doing a raft of other jobs in-between. These have included locations scout for Warner Bros. studios in California, bookseller, police press officer, storyteller at the Roald Dahl Museum, land manager in the Redwood Forest and – his favourite job – working as a tour guide at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath (because it meant dressing up in Georgian clothes every day and talking about literature).
Anthony has written scripts and articles for the BBC Doctor Who Adventures children’s comic, Nickelodeon, CiTV, Disney, Dreamworks, Paramount, Haymarket and the Guardian newspaper.
He’s been writing and reading children’s books for about seven years, and is currently being mentored by Imogen Cooper at the Golden Egg Academy (where he also volunteers as a writing buddy for many of the brilliant writers mentored at the academy). Anthony loves to read a range of books, from picture books to adult titles, but his favourite age and genre to read is upper middle grade magic realism that often crosses over into Young Adult. In addition to this, Anthony is a long-list judge for the Bath Novel Award (children’s and adults).
After living in Weymouth, Portsmouth, Los Angeles, Chepstow, London and Bath, Anthony recently moved down to Devon and now lives there with his girlfriend, Amy, and their two black cats, Sherlock and Watson.