Alan Peat is the author of 18 publications on a wide range of subjects. His literacy books have been best sellers for both Nash Pollock Publishing and Questions Publishing. He is now director of his own publishing company, Creative Educational Press Ltd which publishes books by Alan and a range of other teachers/authors and illustrators. Alan is currently working on a wordless picture book and accompanying teaching materials, The Elves and the Shoemaker, 1897 as well as his first children's book The Magic Stone, both of which will be illustrated by John Harrold, who was the Rupert Bear artist for over thirty years. Alan has written for the Times Educational Supplement, Teaching Thinking Magazine and many other teaching journals. His practical ideas and approaches to raising literacy standards and motivating children to write have now been used in 22 countries. Alan draws on his experience as an LEA (Local Education Authority) Adviser with cross-phase responsibility for Literacy and Gifted and Talented provision, Head of a Museum and Gallery Service and Teaching and Learning Consultant for Blackburn LEA. Alan's own independent education consultancy 'Alan Peat Ltd' delivers whole school inset, conference based training and consultancy for schools and LEAs across the UK and Europe. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Alan is also a member of the National Association of Writers in Education (N.A.W.E.).