York St John University guest lecture: ‘Paperback Writer’ – Jack Sheffield
Wednesday 15 March 2017,
2:00 – 4:00 p.m. De Grey Lecture Theatre and foyer
Jack Sheffield is the author of the bestselling Teacher series. His first novel 'Teacher, Teacher!' sold over 100,000 copies and has recently been scripted for television. The latest novel in the series, 'Happiest Days' was launched in January 2017.
Jack was born in 1945 and grew up in the tough environment of Gipton Estate in north-east Leeds. His first job was ‘pitch boy’, carrying buckets of boiling bitumen up a ladder to repair roofs. In the 60s he trained to be a teacher at the St John’s College, York, and spent his summers as a Corona Pop Man. In the early 70s, he was a teacher in Keighley in West Yorkshire, during which time he earned a reputation as a hard-tackling wing-forward for Wharfedale RUFC.
In the late 70s and 80s, Jack was head teacher of two schools in North Yorkshire before becoming Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds. It was at this time he began to record his many amusing stories of village life. To date, Penguin Random House has published ten of Jack's novels, all set in a fictional North Yorkshire village – ‘Ragley Village’, inspired by Sutton-on-the-Forest.
In 2016 Jack was awarded the honorary title of Cultural Fellow of York St John University.
We are delighted to welcome Jack to York St John University to speak about his experiences of writing and publishing and to read to us from some of his novels. Jack’s presentation will be held in De Grey 125 from 2.00 -3.00 p.m. and will be followed by coffee and cake in the De Grey foyer. We look forward to seeing you there!
The event is open to the public, and tickets are free