Dawn has spent almost thirty years working in libraries. She started off in public libraries working her way up from Saturday assistant, eventually moving into children’s libraries in the late 1980s. She focused on school libraries and retrained to support pupils with the acquisition of reading skills.
After a decade in school libraries, Dawn branched out to offer support and training to other school librarians and now works largely in that field. She provides library and literacy consultancy to school librarians and literacy teachers.
Dawn is also a published children’s author and writes both fiction and non-fiction books, and makes many visits to schools around the country. She is also a member of the national committee of the Society of Author's Children's Writers and Illustrators Group.
Dawn actively supports CILIP's campaigns for both public and school libraries, and for the librarians who work in them. She has a strong interest in diversity and inclusion issues, as well as the connection between reading for pleasure and mental health and wellbeing.