About Phyllida Scrivens

DU9A6757b_EDIT_Desat_MedPhyllida lives in Norfolk, within staggering distance of the City of Norwich and a short drive to the beautiful Broads.  She wakes to the beat of swan’s wings and can see the moon’s reflection in the River Yare directly below her bathroom window.  Having completed a ‘mature’ MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2014 at the renowned University of East Anglia, she is proud to have achieved a life-long ambition –  a publishing contract with a proper publisher – in this case, Pen and Sword Books. Her subject for her debut biography is the extraordinary Joe Stirling, born Günter Stern, who escaped Nazi Germany twice, learnt Welsh and English within two years, passed his Highers, joined the British Army, moved to Norfolk, opened his own pioneering travel company and in 1975 was honoured with the position of Sheriff of Norwich.  A tale told in engaging narrative, entwining real stories with fascinating research.  The book was published by Pen and Sword on 5th January 2016 and by Skyhorse Publishing of New York in 2017.

Her second book, a group biography, The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923-2017 was published by Pen and Sword Books in February 2018, and later that year was awarded the Best Biography Prize at the celebrated East Anglian Book Awards.  She is now working on a history of the Great Thorpe Railway Disaster of 1874 to be published by Pen and Sword sometime in 2021.

When not writing, Phyllida spends her time sharing stories from both her books to groups throughout Norfolk, in one of her three illustrated talks.


Contact details: Phyllida Scrivens

7 St Lucia Court

38 Yarmouth Road

Norwich NR7 0EQ




2 thoughts on “About Phyllida Scrivens

  1. Phyllida – was it you who contacted me some time ago regarding a Jewish boy’s time at Lydney Grammar School? This seems to be the only book on the publishers list that fits what you wrote to me. I have mislaid your contact information.

    Could you contact me again please? It is wonderful that your book is doing so well.

    Ann Stalcup


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