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Brian Keaney

Brian Keaney - Editor

In a career spanning more than thirty years Brian has written nineteen children’s novels for a variety of age ranges.

Published in the UK by OUP, Barrington Stoke, Heinemann, Orchard and Hachette Children’s Books, his books have been translated into twenty foreign languages and sold all over the world. His fantasy trilogy The Promises of Dr Sigmundus was acquired by Random House in the USA for a six figure sum and film rights have recently been optioned by Goodcountry Pictures.

His first book for adults, The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire, a historical novel set in the early nineteenth century, was published by Holland House in 2016. For a number of years Brian worked in theatre. His plays for young people, performed widely in the UK and Europe, were published by Stanley Thornes Ltd.  He has also written over thirty educational books. He taught Creative Writing on the summer programme of Pembroke & Kings Colleges Cambridge. He has been Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London College of Fashion and Goldsmith’s College London.

From us


I do this because I believe I can help. Simple as that. I’ve spent a huge part of my life either writing or thinking about writing. I’ve seen how some writers develop their voice effectively while others get bogged down. Often, it can be small things that make the difference, technical fixes that aren’t obvious to the person lost in the forest of words. Sometimes all it takes is encouragement.

It seems to me that the path a writer treads is invisible. Each step only becomes visible when you place your foot on it. So you find yourself hesitating sometimes, uncertain of the ground before you. I’ve travelled that path for more than thirty years. I know the potholes. I understand what t takes to produce a manuscript and how much it can hurt to have it torn to shreds. So I try not to do that. But I don’t flatter, either. I’m a guide, not a judge.

From them


Brian is a children’s fiction specialist and has worked with us for a long, long time. And hopefully a long time yet to come!

Genres Brian specialises in

Literary (Including ‘bookclub’)
Young Adult

Brian's published books

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire

The Alphabet of Heart’s Desire

The Magical Detectives and the Forbidden Spell

The Magical Detectives and the Forbidden Spell

The Private Life of Georgia Brown

The Private Life of Georgia Brown


“Thank you so much. You couldn’t have done more. Without your help I certainly wouldn’t have got this far.”

– Jane K.

“Thank you for all your help to date; it was truly invaluable. I couldn’t have done it without you.”

– Orlagh C.

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