Joyce Dunbar was born in Lincolnshire, England, one of four children of a steel-worker and a fishing net maker. She read for an English degree at Goldsmiths' College, London and was for many years a teacher in the drama department at a college in Stratford-on-Avon. She”s also had a number of other jobs and was, amongst other things, a nanny, a waitress, and a barmaid, with varying degrees of success
She has written over sixty books for children. Her bestselling titles include th4e award winning Tell Me Something Happy, as well as The Very Small, Tell Me What It”s Like to be Big, and the Love-Me Bird. Her books are translated into many languages, including Japanese, Zulu and Hebrew. Her latest title, illustrated by Sanja Rescek, is titled Where”s My Sock, and is published by The Chicken House. With delightfully tongue-twisting text, this story celebrates teamwork as two friends conduct the greatest sock search ever, taking readers along for the ride as they leave no drawer unturned.
Joyce regularly visits schools as an author and teaches on creative writing courses on the Greek island of Skyros and elsewhere. Now that her children are grown-up she has embarked on her own adventures. In 1998 she cycled across Cuba for the National deaf Children's Society and in 1999 journeyed to the Himalayas with a guru for the founding of a new ashram.
She loves gardens, animals, the visual arts, theatre, cinema, and gazing out of the window. In another life she would like to be a dancer or an explorer/ naturalist.
She lives in the centre of Norwich, England with her cat, Minnie Ha-Ha.