Simpson, Phillip W

Simpson, Phillip W



In Brief

Phillip W. Simpson writes for children and young adults, and is also a primary school teacher. His first book, Overdrive (Arete Publishing), was published in 2005 and he has since published more than two dozen books of fiction and non-fiction for children, as well as a wide range of articles for educational magazines. His first novel for young adults, Rapture (Pear Jam Books, 2011), was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards in 2012 and is the first installment in his Rapture Trilogy.


Simpson, Phillip W. (1971 – ) writes primarily for children and young adults and is based in Auckland. He trained as an archaeologist and he has worked as a primary school teacher since 2000. His first published book was a space opera for adults (Overdrive, Arete Publishing, 2005) and he has returned to the science fiction genre in his latest works for young adults, the Rapture Trilogy – which are Rapture (2011), Tribulation (2012) and Apocalypse (2013), published by Pear Jam Books.

He has written numerous educational books for children – the most recent are Hamsterboy: The Birth of a Hero (Macmillan, 2011), Camp Rocks (Pearson, 2012) and Trouble at the Sandpit (Pearson, 2012). He has also written teachers’ resources and educational articles on a range of topics.

Rapture was shortlisted for the Best Youth Novel in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2012.

Phillip Simpson’s historical fantasy novel for YA readers 'Minotaur' was acquired by Month9Books (US) in 2014. Month9Books plan to publish the novel in paperback and e-book form in 2015.

Phillip completed his Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland under Paula Morris in 2015.

Month9books has just acquired Phillip's latest book ARGOS, due to be released in Sept, 2016.


Simpson is available to visit primary or secondary schools. He is happy to read aloud from his work; speak about his life, work and writing; and answer questions. He will lead creative writing workshops, literacy camps and gifted & talented talks, as well as sessions for challenged readers. He would prefer sessions of 25–30 children and will visit schools in the wider Auckland area, and further afield in the North Island depending on availability.


Updated January 2017.