Poignant tales of Yorkshire Dales

An Evening with Gervase Phinn, Alnwick Playhouse, Tuesday, May 8, 7.30pm. Tickets £16.50, £17.50 premier.

DUBBED the ‘James Herriott of schools’, Gervase Phinn will share his funny and, at times, poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales.

Professor Phinn taught in a range of schools for fourteen years before becoming an education adviser and school inspector.

He is now a freelance lecturer, broadcaster and writer, a consultant for the Open University and has made a number of TV and radio appearances.

He has published many articles, chapters and books and edited a wide range of poetry and short story collections. His books of stories for children, What’s the Matter, Royston Knapper? and Royston Knapper: The Return of the Rogue were published by Child’s Play and became bestsellers.

He is probably best known for his best-selling autobiographical novels: The Other Side of the Dale, Over Hill and Dale and Head Over Heels in the Dales, published by Michael Joseph, which he read on the Radio 4 programme Book of the Week.