Peter Bunzl grew up in South London in a rambling Victorian house with three cats, two dogs, one little sister, an antique dealer dad, and an artist mum. As a child he found inspiration visiting TV and film sets, including James Bond and Postman Pat, where his mum worked as a costume designer. 

After studying at art college and film school, Peter worked as an animator on commercials, pop videos, and two BAFTA-winning children’s TV shows, and wrote and directed several successful short films. Peter’s debut novel Cogheart was shortlisted for lots of awards, including the Waterstones’ Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award. The follow up Moonlocket was nominated for the Books Are My Bag Readers Award and the third and final parts of the Cogheart series are Skycircus and Shadowsea

Peter is also the author of MagicBorn and Featherlight, and two titles published by Barrington Stoke, The Clockwork Queen and Dragon Racers. His ninth novel, Glassborn is published in November 2023.

He lives in North London with his partner Michael, a fox who visits their garden, and a clutter of house spiders.

Peter kindly took part in BookFest 2018 and BookFest 2022 our book festival exclusively for Coram Beanstalk schools.

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