Gervase Phinn (born 27 December 1946, Rotherham, West Riding of Yorkshire, England) is an English author and educator. After a career as a teacher he became a schools inspector and, latterly, Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Teesside.
He has published five volumes of memoir, collections of poetry and a number of books about education. He has a particular interest in children's literature and literacy.
He is married with four grown-up children.
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
- President of the School Library Association for 2006–2009
- a consultant for the Open University
- Honorary Fellow of York St John University
- Doctor of Letters of the University of Leicester
- Fellow and Visiting Professor of Education at The University of Teesside.
Television and radio appearances
- Esther (BBC1)
- Midweek (BBC Radio 4)
- You and Yours (BBC Radio 4)
- Open House with Gloria Hunniford (ITV)
- North East Tonight (Tyne Tees Television)
- Today programme (BBC Radio 4)
- Calendar (Yorkshire Television)
- Breakfast Television (BBC1)
- The Heaven and Earth Show (BBC 2)
- The Des O'Connor Show (LWT)
- Quote... Unquote (BBC Radio 4)
- Look North (BBC 1)
- The Big Toe Radio Show (BBC Radio 7)
- Just One Chance (BBC 2)
- Book at Bedtime (BBC Radio 4)
- Book of the Week (BBC Radio 4)
- A Good Read (BBC Radio 4)
In 2004 Gervase Phinn received "The Speaker of the Year Award" from the Association of Speakers' Clubs. Up and Down in the Dales, won the Customer Choice Award at the Spoken Book Awards.
In 2005 the highest academic award of Sheffield Hallam University, Doctor of the University (D.Univ.) was conferred upon him by the Chancellor, Professor Lord Winston.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He is an Honorary Fellow of the English Speaking Board.