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Seth Burkett
Seth Burkett

All About Seth Burkett

Seth Burkett uses his experiences as a professional footballer in Brazil to tell engaging football stories. Inspired by his gran, herself a writer, his two interests in life have always been football and writing. At 22 years of age he became the youngest person to be shortlisted for the British Sport Book Awards when his debut title, The Boy in Brazil, was shortlisted. This led to other books, including his first children’s fiction title and several ghostwritten books, one of which was long listed for the William Hill Book of the Year. More recently he’s diversified into social media, and is currently writing a book for two of the world’s biggest YouTube stars.

Seth’s School Visits

With books aimed at a range of ages, Seth is equally happy working with university students and Year 2 pupils. He’s been into schools, colleges, universities and businesses to share his story. With a key theme around resilience and developing a growth mindset, he aims to inspire reluctant readers and book lovers alike. Seth has worked with Loughborough University as an Outreach Programme Ambassador, professional football clubs and the Premier League Primary Stars programme to put together workshops. These include:

  • Assembly on how to become an author and the creative processes involved
  • Creative writing workshop
  • Book marketing 101
  • Sport, social media and advertising
  • How to write a sport story
  • Football and futsal coaching sessions

Seth tends to begin the day with an assembly detailing his own journey from footballer to author, before leading one of the above workshops. He can adapt each so it lasts anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes each, while there’s an option for the Sport, Social Media and Advertising workshop – developed in partnership with Loughborough University – to last the entire day. He is happy to work with any number of pupils.


Seth’s Books

The Boy in Brazil

When Seth Burkett travelled to Brazil for a youth tournament with his local team Stamford, he was stunned by what happened next. Spotted by a scout, he accepted an offer to join Sorriso Esporte Clube in the central state of Mato Grosso and became a media celebrity as well as the only English professional in the football-crazy country. THE BOY IN BRAZIL is a charming and insightful account of his magical season in the sun as an 18-year-old in Sorriso – Portuguese for smile – and takes a bittersweet look at the beautiful game and cultural concerns of the vibrant nation which would host the 2014 World Cup finals. On his journey from boy to man, he would discover an uncanny and unexpected family link to the foundation of the sport in Brazil. He would also come to see, through a tragedy in Sorriso and the sad fate of its football club, that a childhood dream joyously fulfilled also had a dark side.


Football’s Coming Out

Being gay in football – as fan or player – is to risk the homophobia that has run through the game for years. But things are changing. Gradually a few brave professional players have come out. And someone like NEIL BEASLEY now feels able to tell his poignant and uplifting story in Football’s Coming Out. Coventry City fan, player for Birmingham Blaze – National Gay Football Supporters Network League champions – as well as chairman of the club, Neil tells honestly of the pains of growing up gay in the sport and fighting for his right to enjoy the game he loves without prejudice.


No Final Whistle

Alfie Bennett is going to be a superstar. He is absolutely sure of it. Every second of his life is dedicated to football. And when he gets signed up by the famous Borough Academy, it looks as if he’s well and truly on the way to achieving his dream. Yet life at Borough isn’t all that it seems…


Reviews and Testimonials

‘Seth has worked on a number of Creative Writing and English-related workshops for both school groups and the community as part of Loughborough University’s Outreach Programme. He has always remained punctual and professional – preparing any work to deadline – but, most importantly, he is a really personable character with an inspiring story that manages to truly capture students’ imaginations.’  Loughborough University


‘Seth has been kind enough to visit my school twice. On both occasions he has captured students’ imagination and interest. He speaks brilliantly and is able to engage youngsters. They wanted to know more and ask questions. It was fabulous from the perspective of teaching them about Brazil. However, Seth went further in inspiring the students to think out of the box and have ambitions – both from the football angle and also in writing a book. I would have Seth in again without any hesitation.’  Nene Park Academy, Peterborough


To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Seth, 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