- A community outreach consultant with expertise in finding and shaping narratives for staff, stakeholders and the wider public
- A storyteller and leader of workshops to inspire readers and writers across the ages from four years old to forty
- A passionate communicator, engaging international audiences from the worlds of education, business and politics
- A writer with print and online credits around the world
Dr. Matt Finch is an award-winning British writer and educator who has taught and told stories for people across the age ranges from 4 years old to 40, in locations as diverse as the mountains of Peru, the streets of Brooklyn, Shakespeare’s birthplace and rural New South Wales.
His work includes writing for print and online media in the US, UK and Australasia; web content creation for English public services; schools outreach workshops and an award-winning Researcher in Residence placement for the University of London; literacy mentoring for children in foster care; and bespoke corporate training workshops. Matt also currently serves on the advisory board to New York literacy organisation Behind the Book.
In 2010, Matt spoke at the British House of Commons on ‘Giving the Gift of Literacy’ for Volunteer Reading Help, an English literacy support charity. In 2012, he spoke in Australia’s Parliament House at the inaugural meeting of the Australian Early Literacy Parliamentary Friendship Group.
In 2012, Matt led a series of storytelling sessions, all-ages literacy workshops, and staff development events for libraries and schools across Australia and New Zealand, including an infamous live-action zombie siege which saw kids and teens attacked in a library by the living dead.
Matt’s work has taken him around the world, designing and delivering professional development sessions, community outreach programmes and youth activities. His educational outreach scheme for UK media distributor PMD Magnetics was commended in its first year of operation by the 2010-11 Business Language Champion Awards, recognising the efforts of businesspeople who promote language learning in the UK.
A fully qualified UK schoolteacher, Matt also holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of London, where he taught undergraduate seminars in English literature. His writing credits cover a range of print and online media in the US, UK and beyond, including music reviews for the BBC’s Ariel, children’s writing broadcast on UK radio, and various travel, arts and news features.