I’m an award-winning author, educator and literacy advocate. I have created over 35 graphic novels and books specifically for reluctant readers, including Max Finder Mystery, Graphic Guide Adventures, Geeked Out Mysteries and two new series Tank & Fizz, coming Spring 2015 and Battle for Minecraft coming Fall 2014.
When I’m not writing, I teach Grade 1 in Toronto, Canada where I use video games and other alternative sources of literacy to engage reluctant readers. I write about that stuff on my blog, Feeding Change and at GamingEdus.org , a project I helped start to introduce teachers to Game Based Learning, through Minecraft.
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Really? You want to know my life story? Okay, but I’ll have to tell it to you in third person (that’s how these things are done, apparently.)
Sit back, here we go . . .
Liam was born in Northern Ireland and came to Canada when he was five years old. He studied media at Ryerson University and has worked on film sets in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
He left the movie industry in 1999 when his first book, System Shock, was published by A & C Black in London, UK and has been writing ever since.
He has also developed educational radio plays for the BBC, written articles for adults and children for numerous national magazines, adapted TV scripts for Kids Can Press, and created original comics for A&C Black Publishers, Owl Magazine, Scholastic Canada, Stone Arch Books and Capstone Press.
In addition to writing for young readers, Liam is an elementary school teacher, currently teaching Grade 1 in Toronto.
He is also an External Collaborator at Ryerson University’s EDGE Lab where he is exploring the use of online video games as digital learning spaces for children. He is a founding member of GamingEdus, a group of educators using video games, like Minecraft, to engage learners. Currently, Liam’s students are blowing up stuff on the Multi-School Minecraft Server, a single virtual world shared by four inner-city schools and created with his GamingEdu pals. He writes about his use of technology in education on his blog Feeding Change.
Before all that though, Liam delivered hot food in restaurants, cold tea on movie sets, slimy fish in Dublin, bottled water in Vancouver, and bad jokes in theme parks as a professional juggler.
Liam lives in Toronto, Ontario where he divides his time between his computer and the coffee maker.