John Owen Theobald is a novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the best-selling Ravenmaster trilogy of novels (Head of Zeus), and the forthcoming historical fantasy epic, The Last Shaman trilogy (Head of Zeus, 2019).

As a screenwriter, John's work has been selected for the Austin Film Festival (TV pilot competition), the World Series of Screenwriting (feature script), and the BAFTA awards 2019 (short film). Since 2015, John has been a screenwriter-in-residence at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

John's short fiction has appeared in Bookanista, Untitled Books, The Menteur, and The Four Quarters Magazine.

His non-fiction work includes If On a Winter's Night a Fox, a passionate defence of urban foxes, exploring the fox’s role in folklore and culture from Roman Times to modern London (2014, Remarkable Books).


In 2017, John created and launched the educational program 'These Dark Wings: Beyond the Book,' in collaboration with the Tower of London, Historic Royal Palaces, and Arts Council England, providing free writing workshops for young people and learning events for schools from deprived areas.

Born and raised in Eastern Canada, John moved to the UK to study the poetry of Keats, and in 2009 received a PhD from the University of St. Andrews. He lives in London, England.

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