Amber Lee Dodd is an award-winning children’s author and short-story writer. Her work includes the critically acclaimed novels We Are Giants, Lightning Chase Me Home and The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley. Her debut novel, We Are Giants, was nominated for over ten awards, winning the Calderdale Book of the Year award and shortlisting for the prestigious Branford Boase first book award. Her second novel, Lightning Chase Me Home was chosen as a Booktrust book of the month and featured in The Guardian as one of the best new children’s books of 2019 for independent bookshop week. Her latest novel, The Thirteenth Home of Noah Bradley has also been nominated for several awards. Her novels have currently been translated into five languages and adapted for audio. Her short fiction for adults has been published internationally in various publications and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Amber has been a writing fellow for Hawthornden Castle and The Expansionists, as well as a patron of literature for the national Patron of Reading program.

Before her writing career, she worked in learning support with pupils with disabilities and learning difficulties. This fuelled her passion to make writing and literature accessible to all, which is why she is looking forward to this residency.

The Associates Artists in Schools Residency is a fully funded one-week residency for a Cove Park Associate (a former Cove Park resident and member of the Associates Programme) based in Scotland. The residency is linked to the creation and delivery of two half-day workshops for pupils at John Logie Baird Primary School (Nurture Unit), Helensburgh, with support from Cove Park’s Curator of Engagement Emma Henderson. This residency is supported by The Hugh Fraser Foundation.