Phyllida Scrivens

Phyllida Scrivens lives in Norwich, Norfolk. Since 2011 she has achieved both a BA in Literature from the Open University and an MA in Biography at the University of East Anglia. Her debut biography, Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future, was published by Pen and Sword Books in January 2016. It is the story of now 94-year-old Joe Stirling, a Kindertransport refugee whose destiny was to become Sheriff of Norwich. In 2017 Skyhorse Publishing of New York took up the option to publish and distribute the book in the USA and Canada. Phyllida’s second book, a group biography entitled The Lady Lord Mayors of Norwich 1923-2017, was published by Pen and Sword Books in 2018. In November the book was awarded the Best Biography prize at the East Anglian Book Awards 2018. Phyllida is a seasoned public speaker, giving illustrated presentations on her two books and research discoveries to groups throughout Norfolk and beyond.