Ross Welford

Ross Welford


Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie, a hamster, and several tropical fish.

Ross is the author of Time Travelling With A Hamster, a thrilling, funny and heart-warming middle-grade novel that tells the story of a boy’s quest to live up to his dad’s memory, and of a second book, entitled What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible, a beautiful and funny novel about a child who can turn invisible at will; The 1,000-year-old Boy – was published in January 2018 by HarperCollins Children’s Books; his fourth book, The Dog Who Saved the World, came out in January 2019, followed by The Kid Who Came From Space, which was published in January 2020, also by HarperCollins Children’s Books. When We Got Lost in Dreamland came out in January 2021 in a beautiful hardback edition.

An astounding debut success, Time Travelling with a Hamster has been shortlisted for no fewer than 14 of the country’s biggest children’s book prizes, including the Costa, the Blue Peter, the Branford Boase, and the Waterstones Prize and it was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. It was Waterstones Book of the month upon publication and it won the Awesome Book Award in 2017.

Ross Welford @rosswelford

So excited to receive our Spellbinding @CumbriaSLS book awards box today. The passport and book stickers are always popular, can’t wait to get stuck-in ❤️📚🤩 #readingforpleasure #lovebooks #spellbinding #schoollibraries @OnjaliRauf @rosswelford @JJELSON35 @Konnie_Huq

In our #podcast this week, we speak to acclaimed middle grade author @rosswelford.  Ross’ latest book, When We Got Lost in Dreamland, is out now. 
Just search for Mostly Books Meets on Spotify, iTunes & Souncloud,
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#WhenwegotLostinDreamland is the brilliant new novel, for 10+ by @rosswelford

Sam, aged 11, had the chance to ask Ross some questions about the book & his inspiration.

Read the Q&A + download an extract & free teaching resources here:


These brilliant teaching resources for @rosswelford's brand new novel #WhenWeGotLostInDreamland have been created by the experts @TeachPrimary and include a fantastic topic map full of ideas to use in the classroom. Download #FREE now at

"In a publishing pudding oozing with comedy talent, there is a truth universally acknowledged – Funny Books Rarely Win Prizes. This maxim was writ large in the Carnegie & Greenaway longlists this week."

@MaryAliceEvans asks why book prizes are so grim:

Seriously, HOORAH for @authorfy (and not just because I’m on it). If I was still a full-time teacher I’d have worn this site out! #edutwitter

@rosswelford it's happening!

So excited to finalise the guests for #ECPTimetoRead! @ECP_Prague - it's going to be a fantastic day! @KathrynEvansInk @rosswelford @RealRobBradley

If you need cheering up today, the replies are comedy gold

'Pacy, exciting... works like a dream.' #WhenWeGotLostinDreamland by @rosswelford is a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week - and you can listen to an extract from the audiobook read by Chris Coxon, right here:

I have an absolutely wonderful line-up of authors for you for episode three of the #bookwanderersclub! Going live next Friday, we have @LizPichon, @NotAgainBen & @HelenRutterUK! Subscribe here to make sure you don't miss out!

The third tour happening this week is again very different from the previous two books! #WhenWeGotLostInDreamland is a middle grade book by the brilliant @rosswelford1! We're really excited to hear what our bookstagramer's have to say about this book...

There are a pile of delightful virtual events coming to Our Bookshop in February. Starting this Thursday with @rosswelford schools event in the morning and the launch of @HFisherAuthor debut novel #SpaceHopper in the evening...

Roll up, roll up! Don't miss your chance to see @rosswelford's shiny new virtual event to celebrate his landmark new middle-grade action-packed 'When We Got Lost In Dreamland' -- perfect for schools + families -- see event details below! #homeschooling

Calling teachers + families!

This week we have 3 virtual events with @rosswelford

Don't miss a jam-packed show with book chat, creative writing games + even live magic.

THURS @Our_Bookshop:

FRI @readingzone #FridayBookClub:

Living the dream! We interview @rosswelford about his mind-expanding, heart-warming new story, When We Got Lost in Dreamland.

Stars with names like Dickens characters. Go.

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Noddy Holder
Englebert Humperdinck


If voting for things is your bag, you may wish to visit the rather good @PrimarySchoolBC where they have been kind enough to nominate my new book for an award! #JustSaying #primaryschoolbookclub #harpercollinsch #WhenWeGotLostInDreamland

Author @rosswelford will be taking 2x classes on Thursday. Streamed event for children 8-12 years old. Schools involved so far include @tringschool @bishopwoodtring @LongMarstonCEP and @Brooklands_Sch
Still room for more...

What a start to the weekend! We can’t wait for next week’s #FridayBookClub with @rosswelford either! @readingzone #ReadingForPleasure