Sam Hay


Sam Hay was brought up in Scotland and trained as a journalist in Edinburgh. After working in newspapers, Sam moved to BBC Television in London where she was the Deputy Editor of a lunchtime consumer news programme for ten years. Sam still reckons working on daily live television is the perfect brain trainer for life!

Sam’s first book for children was published in 2005. Since then she has written more than thirty books including the UNDEAD PETS series published by Stripes in the UK and Penguin in the US, the STELLA & THE NIGHT SPRITES series published by Scholastic Branches, the SCREAMING SANDS trilogy published by Catnip, picture book DO NOT WASH THIS BEAR published by Egmont, and BUMBLE THE BRAVE KITTEN published by Macmillan. UNDEAD PETS has been translated into 6 languages so far. Sam was long-listed for the UKLA award for her 2009 novel BILLY ANGEL, published by A&C Black/Bloomsbury.

Sam’s new picture book STAR IN THE JAR published in January 2018 and her new chapter book series SPY PENGUINS will follow in September 2018.

Sam is a passionate advocate of improving literacy in schools. She runs several book groups for primary school children, challenging, inspiring and supporting creative writing and a love of reading.

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