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Philippa Dowding

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Philippa
Last Name
Dowding
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Ontario
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Bio
Philippa Dowding wrote her first book when she was nine, and has written poetry and fiction ever since.

At university she studied English Language and Literature, first at the University of Western Ontario, then at the University of Toronto, where she earned a Master of Arts degree, and began a career in publishing.

She worked as Senior Copywriter and Creative Manager for Rogers Publishing. In 2000, she struck out on her own as a freelance copywriter, a job she still enjoys. Her many clients include magazine publishers, fundraisers, advertising agencies, NGOs, movie producers, website owners and others.

She has won magazine awards for Macleans, Chatelaine, Zoomer, Today’s Parent, Canada's History and more. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in Taddle Creek Magazine, Middle Shelf Magazine, The Adirondack Review, The Literary Review of Canada and other journals.

Her children's books have been nominated for several awards including the SYRCA Diamond Willow, OLA Silver Birch Express, Hackmatack, Red Maple and Red Cedar awards. In March 2013 her third children's book, The Gargoyle at the Gates, was named a White Raven book by the International Youth Library in Munich. Philippa lives in Toronto with her family.
Available For
Author visits, presentations and writing workshops in classrooms, libraries, bookstores and at public events.
Publications
Everton Miles is Stranger than Me (Oct. 2016, Dundurn Press)
Carter and the Curious Maze (Aug. 2016, Dundurn Press)
Myles and the Monster Outside (Sept. 2015, Dundurn Press)
Jake and the Giant Hand (Sept. 2014, Dundurn Press)
The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden (2014, Dundurn Press)
The Gargoyle at the Gates (2012, Dundurn)
The Gargoyle Overhead (2010, Dundurn)
The Gargoyle in My Yard (2009, Dundurn)
Awards
OLA Red Maple, Shortlist, 2015
White Raven, 2013 (International Youth Library, Munich)
OLA Silver Birch Express, Shortlist 2017, 2014, 2012
SYRCA Diamond Willow, Shortlist 2012, 2014
BC Red Cedar Award, Shortlist 2014
Hackmatack Award, Shortlist 2017, 2014
Cooperative Children's Book Award (U.S.), Shortlist 2014
Other Memberships
The Writer's Union of Canada
Canadian Children's Book Center
Author's Booking Service
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