All About Leo Hunt
Leo Hunt was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1991. He grew up around books, and his mother’s job at Seven Stories in Newcastle left a strong impression on his choice of career. He realised he wanted to either be an author or an archeologist – but when he learned that archaeologists didn’t unearth piles of perfectly preserved dinosaur bones every time they put a spade in the ground, he decided on the former.
Leo started writing his first novel, 13 Days of Midnight, when he was 19, in his first year at the University of East Anglia. He graduated in 2014 with a First Class Honours degree in American Literature and Creative Writing. He currently lives in London.
Leo’s School Visits
My visits normally consist of a talk, where I speak about ghosts in fiction and different cultures, and allow children to ask questions about writing and storytelling, and writing workshops where we create our own ghost characters and begin telling a story about them. I have given the talk to hundreds of children at once, but I prefer the writing workshops to be class sized or smaller as they function better when I can hear written work from each child. Both these sessions usually last an hour, although the talk can be shorter if we have less time for Q&A. To get the most from my talk I need an overhead projector or other way to display slideshow images.
Leo normally work with Key Stage 3 students as this is the age group that prefers his books. Leo is happy to work with KS4. Leo will also work with KS2 but please note the books would not be appropriate.
13 Days of Midnight – A thrilling supernatural adventure: dark, funny, with twists at every turn. Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Prize 2016.
When Luke Manchett’s estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance. Luke has been left in charge of his father’s ghost collection: eight restless spirits. They want revenge for their long enslavement, and in the absence of the father, they’re more than happy to take his son. It isn’t fair, but you try and reason with the vengeful dead.
Halloween, the night when the ghosts reach the height of their power, is fast approaching. With the help of school witchlet Elza Moss, and his cowardly dog Ham, Luke has just thirteen days to uncover the closely guarded secrets of black magic, and send the unquiet spirits to their eternal rest. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.
Eight Rivers of Shadow: Luke Manchett used to be one of the most popular boys at school.
That was before his necromancer father died and left him a host of vengeful ghosts that wanted him dead.
Now everyone thinks he’s a freak.
To make matters worse, the mysterious new girl at school is actually the daughter of his father’s deadliest enemy…
And she’s out for revenge.
Seven Trees of Stone:
Luke Manchett is coming to terms with his new life. The life where his girlfriend is a witch, he’s a necromancer, and he owes a life debt to the devil. But that’s just the start. An invasion is coming – led by a spirit even worse than the devil himself. And it’s heading straight for Luke …
Reviews and Recommendations.
“Leo’s work with our key stage three students was fantastic. Whether presenting a potted history of ghosts in fiction to a hall full of year seven students, answering (often challenging) questions about his approach to writing or working closely with pupils of all abilities, Leo was engaging, energetic and erudite. The kids thought he was cool and staff described him as inspiring. A brilliant day – if you want to get your students writing creatively, Leo’s the man.”– Chris Earl, Framwellgate School Durham.
“If your pupils look forward to their next author visit – and whose don’t? – make sure Leo Hunt is at the top of your list. He’s fresh on the scene with bags of charisma and made a big impression on our boys last month.” – Anne-Katrin Muhlberg, Radley College.
“Our ‘Reading Hack’ group were delighted to hear of Leo’s favourite childhood books, memories and how he started to write. Leo was at ease with the audience and promised a further visit once the new book is out. For young writers meeting a young author is truly inspiring.” – Judith Zajac, Newcastle City Library.
To make a booking
To make an enquiry about Leo, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org