Robert Dodds writes for both adults and children and has been widely published and broadcast. His latest book is a humorous novel set in Spain: 'Paradise Por Favor' - quite a contrast to his gripping historical novel for adults, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’, inspired by the work of the 15th Century artist Hieronymus Bosch. His first novel for children, 'The Midnight Clowns' (2000, Andersen Press) was short-listed for the Kathleen Fidler Award, and also published in France by Flammarion. His other children's novels are 'Nightland' (2002, Andersen Press), 'The Secret of Iguando' (2004, Andersen Press, also published in USA by Mondo, and serialised on BBC Radio Four), and 'The Murrian' (2008, Andersen Press, also published as an audio book by Oakhill). He has two books in A&C Black's 'Wired' series for struggling 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, the fiction imprint of Edinburgh University Press. In 2011 he published the comic novel ‘Sitting Duck’ (‘Not a whodunit, but a who’ll do it!’). A second collection of short stories was published in 2015, entitled 'Secret Sharers'. 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.
Robert was born in England in 1955 and grew up in Yorkshire and Kent. He went to Oxford University to study English, and then became a teacher and lecturer. After several years working in England, Mexico, and the USA, he settled in Edinburgh in Scotland. 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.