'Empathetic, vivid and humane,' The Sunday Times
'A skilled storyteller,' Publisher's Weekly
Mimi Thebo writes for children. Her work has been translated into twelve languages, signed for deaf children by ITV and made into a BAFTA-award winning film by BBC Education. Her novels for older children have been recommended by grief charities and Marie Curie to help children understand difficult family issues. According to a recent headteacher, 'Mimi obviously enjoys the company of children' and her visit was 'perfect...inspiring all levels of learner to read and write.'
Book length fiction:
Dreaming the Bear - 10+ fiction, Oxford University Press, to be published February 2016
The Corner Booth Chronicles - Mainstream adult novel, Ballantine Readers Circle imprint of
Random House, July 2009, also in large print format.
Welcome to Eudora - Mainstream adult novel, Ballantine Reader’s Circle imprint of Random
House, July 2007 to favorable reviews.
?Drawing Together – Linked stories for young readers, Walker Books, September 2005, Spanish translation 2006, Serbian translation 2008, Korean rights acquired 2009, Italian rights 2011 ??
Get Real - Children's novel (9-12 year range), published by HarperCollins, January 2005.
Shortlisted for Lancashire Libraries Book of the Year. ??
Hit the Road, Jack - Children's novel (9-12 year range), published by HarperCollins, January 2004. Favorably reviewed. ??
Wipe Out - Children's novel (8 -12 year range), published by HarperCollins, January 2003 (Sunday Times Book of the Week). French translation 2005. Filmed for BBC Education, September 2004 (Barbara Cox won BAFTA for adaptation December 2004). Recommended by CRUSE grief charity, recommended by Marie Curie charity.
?The Saint Who Loved Me - Mainstream adult novel, published by Alison and Busby, September 2002 (reprinted second week). Waterstone's Selection, Border's Selection. Reviewed favorably.
'Tiger Man' Short story, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Spring 2003 ??
'The Cave-In Area' Short story, broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Spring 2001 and Summer 2002 ??
'Balls', 'Gibbs Road' (poems) Obsessed With Pipework, Spring 2001 ?
'The Cave-In Area' (short story) The New Writer, Autumn 2000 ??
'Taking it With You' (short story) Top story in 'Death Issue', MsLexia, Summer 1999 ?'Airport
Shuttle' (poem) Obsessed With Pipework, Spring 1999 ??
'Taking it With You' (short story) Mix, a ten year anthology of Bath Spa Creative Writing MA student and graduate work, Spring 2003 ??
'Dirt Road' (poem) Honourable Mention, Robert Bloomfield Memorial Awards for Rustic Poetry and published in anthology, Summer 2001 ??
'Gibbs Road' (poem) Highly Commended, Barnet Open Poetry Contest and published in anthology, Autumn 2000 ??
'Tongue', 'Trinity Road' (poems) Highly Commended and Commended, respectively, 1999 Blue
Nose Poets of the Year Contest, Winter 1999 ??
'To Ryegrass' (poem) 2nd place, 1999 Berkshire Poetry Prize and published in anthology,
Summer 1999 ?
Case Study: ‘Towards Publication and Into Print: Attainable Achievements for BA Creative
Writing Students’ – 09/07 CETH, the Journal for Employability in the Humanities, University of
'Employability and Creative Writing' - 11/06 the English Subject Centre Newsletter ??
‘Life Writing and Human Rights’, 2011, Kingston, a joint conference organised by Centre for Life
Narratives, Kingston University, and?University of Minnesota, Departments of Creative Writing and
Human Rights, presented ‘Narrative Techniques to “De-Otherise”the Wrong’
AWP International Conference 2011, Washington DC, presented ‘Going Native’ in panel ‘Teaching
Across the Pond’ with colleagues from Columbia College of Arts, Chicago
NAWE National Conference 2010, Gloucester, presented on panel ‘Project Work for UG Students’
NAWE National Conference 2009, Hampshire, presented ‘On Teaching Fishing’ in panel ‘Teach a Writer
to Fish’ with colleagues from Bath Spa and Columbia College of Arts, Chicago
ILLAS Employability in the Humanities Conference 2009, London, presented ‘Embedding Employability
Within the Delivery of Humanities Curriculum’
ASET International Conference 2009, Lancaster, presented, ‘Placements Without Places’
WACE-CGI International Conference 2008, Madrid, presented, ‘Welcome to the House of Fun; Preparing
Students for the Creative Industries’
English Subject Centre conference Creative Writing and Employability 2008, presented, ‘Work
Experience and Creative Writing Students: a Filmed Focus Group’, and co-organised conference
English Subject Centre conference Teaching Contemporary Women’s Writing, presented ‘Being a
Contemporary Woman Writer in the Academy’ 2007
English Subject Centre International Annual conference ‘Renewals 2007’, presented ‘The Creative
Enterprise Module, Integrating Entrepreneurial Skills Within the Creative Writing Curriculum’
CETH Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning conference 2006, presented ‘Towards
Publication and Into Print Modules, Attainable Achievements for Second Year Undergraduates’
Embedding Employability into Curriculum 2005 presented 'Destination Garrett? Employability and Arts
Great Writing 2003 presented 'What have you done for me lately? The Practice/Criticism relationship' ??
External Examiner: Southampton Solent University, University of Derby, University of Portsmouth
External Advisor: University of Central Arkansas
Investigations into the nature and nurturing of Creativity in HE students with: NESTA, ScePTRE, and
SkillSet for Audio and Visual Production and SouthWest Screen’s Industry and Higher Education
Interface Committee 2006-2009
Sector Specialist for the Creative Industries, for Bath Spa University, in the Regional Development Association’s Knowledge Exchange SouthWest 2006-2010
Member of the Burlington Group (an Higher Education Authority employability initiative) 2005-2009
Judge: Geneva Writer's Group Fiction Prize 2015
Judge: New Writing Competition 2006
AHRC Collaborative Project on Training and Development for PhD Writing Students with the University of
Judge: Babel Competition for Bath Literary Festival 2004
NAWE ?PEN ?AWP
Just a quick note to say that the children absolutely loved having Mimi and listening to her talk about her books. The children were in awe and asked LOADS of great questions, it was lovely!
Primary School Teacher
Having Mimi Thebo visit our schools was such a perfect way to launch Book Week. The children were fascinated as she shared her life as an author and they listened attentively as she began reading her book, Drawing Together. It was so lovely when the children went out to play and started ‘drawing together’ with chalk on the school playground! Furthermore, Mimi’s visit inspired the children to write their own stories.
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