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

📢@kidslitfest KLAXON! Next Saturday 26 June you could be hanging out with @frankcottrell_b @acaseforbooks @rosswelford @MHarrison13 @philipreeve1 @jabberworks @NatashaFarrant1 @Alexmilway @HarryHeapeBooks + loads more. Get booking now

Free offer alert! Y6 teachers - grab your chance for your class to meet our #BigRead transition author @rosswelford! He may even do a magic trick! #ReadMCR DM us if you'd like more info (available to MCR schs)

As if by magic @rosswelford is going to reappear at London's largest kids' books party in real life on Saturday 26 June BOOM!

Fantastic to see Y6 enjoying #ReadMCR #BigRead transition read! Watch out for our virtual visits with the amazing @rosswelford himself @mcr_education @BrookburnP

I’ve written a lovesong to birds, nature, children, friendship & kindness. It’s an uplifting, gripping & delightful read that flies into bookshops today. If you’ve enjoyed any of my other books, grab a copy of TWITCH to read this summer - I promise you won’t regret it.

Proof copies of THE CHIME SEEKERS are here!! I loved the proof of Midnight Guardians, but Walker have absolutely outdone themselves with this one - it looks incredible #thechimeseekers

Looking forward to this!!

I'm so happy that Pop! has been selected for May's #PrimarySchoolBookClub vote that I'm giving away a signed copy. RT to enter. UK only. Closes 29/05 at 8pm.

Remember to follow @PrimarySchoolBC and cast your vote via the pinned tweet in the next 24 hours!

Looking forward to this! See you there!

It's an alien invasion! 7,500 books have landed in the laps of our Year 6 pupils thks to @mcr_education & #ReadMCR. Watch out for our #BigRead to support children moving up to high sch! (schools - why not share your pics with us?)

Thank you @giveabookorg for your donation of 'The 1,000 year old boy' As you can see we couldn't wait to start reading @rosswelford @lancsliteracy

Best moment of my career!

It’s TODAY!! My new kid on the block, THE EXPLODING LIFE OF SCARLETT FIFE, beautifully illustrated by @Chris_Jev is out today! There’s an ebook, an audiobook (narrated by me) and a ... book book for your delight and delectation - thank you @HachetteKids, we did it! Xxx

Great news that our transition read by @rosswelford is out in all primary schools now. Watch out for resources and a chance for virtual class sessions with Ross coming up #ReadMCR @mcr_education

It's an absolute honour to be a @TheStoryMuseum Story Hero! Shout out to @frankcottrell_b @digressica and @rosswelford who are my reading recommendations in this vid. Do watch and share, as contains writing tips too.

Hey, the weather today is pretty good but the forecast for #BankHolidayMonday is very rainy. Why not enjoy a walk around town and the beautiful gardens today and enjoy #ChildrensBooks with your family on rainy Monday?
If you need more #ChildrensBooks you know where to come! 😊📚

@oozogg @MrHtheteacher @Teacherglitter Viking Boy is superb. Really recommend Riddle of the Runes @DrJaninaRamirez, How to Be a Hero @WeldonCat & The Chessmen Thief @scattyscribbler which has just come out. Viking Voyagers is a must for NF. Here’s my Vikings #BookList for more:
Hope they help!

We've loved writing formal letters to the police this week explaining why Aiden and Roxy have been hiding Alfie from them in 'The 1000 Year Old Boy'. A range of examples here! @rosswelford

Just a quick reminder folks: in the uk your friendly local bookshop reopens today and they’d LOVE to see you! This is me a couple of years ago at the wonderful @RossiterBooks in Ross-On-Wye. @HarperCollinsCh #BookshopsAreBack #ChooseBookshops

Thanks for all the love for @rosswelford! These copies of When We Got Lost in Dreamland are now claimed