Robert Dodds writes for both children and adults. His work has been widely published, and broadcast on radio.
Robert's first novel for children, 'The Midnight Clowns' a supernatural thriller for 8-11 year-olds was published in 2000 (Andersen Press). His other children's novels, all published by Andersen Press, are 'Nightland' (2002), 'The Secret of Iguando' (2004) and 'The Murrian' (2008). Robert serialized his novel, 'The Secret of Iguando' for broadcast on Radio 4. He has two books in A&C Black's 'Wired' series for less confident teenage readers: 'The Haunted Mobile' (2011) and 'Pitch Dark' (2012).
For adult readers, his collection of stories 'Rattlesnake and
Other Tales' was published in 2001 by Polygon; he has had nine
stories broadcast on BBC Radio Four; a professional stage play
production; and has written and directed several short films shown
on television and at film festivals. He has recently
a comic novel for adults, 'Sitting Duck' and his next book is a historical novel based on the painting 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' by the 15th century Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch.
Robert was born in 1955 and grew up in Yorkshire and Kent. He studied English at Oxford University, and then became a teacher and lecturer. After several years working in England, Mexico and the USA, he settled in Scotland, in Edinburgh. In the mid 1980s he set up a new degree course in film and television production at Edinburgh College of Art, which he led until later becoming head of the School of Visual Communication in the college. In 2008 he left academia to spend more time writing. He also loves travelling, speaking Spanish, dancing, and playing tennis and golf.