Cath Senker

Cath Senker - Author, editor, teacher

With 30 years’ experience in publishing, I have written nearly 170 books for children of all ages, from history, biography, global and social issues to world religions, human geography and environmental topics. I also write for adults. In 2017, I published Stranded in the Six-Day War (see below).

In December 2018, Far From Home, Refugees and Migrants Fleeing War, Persecution and Poverty won the 2018 Educational Writers' Award.


I edit children's educational, trade and  fiction titles; adult non-fiction and craft books; academic reports and online materials. I currently commission and edit the RLF Consultant Fellow blogs.


I am a Student Academic Success Advisor at the University of Sussex Business School, offering academic advice to students in one-to-one and group sessions.

Also, I'm a Royal Literary Fund Consultant Fellow, running writing development workshops for university students. I teach English to refugees and migrants at the Migrant English Project.

Featured Book

Stranded in the Six-Day War

The extraordinary story of the 14 merchant ships trapped in the Suez Canal at the start of the Six-Day War in June 1967.

Listen to a podcast about the story. Watch the Al Jazeera documentary.

This is a brilliantly researched and written account of an almost forgotten incident in the 1967 Middle East war. It's full of tasty nuggets of detail. The war stranded ships that were passing through the Suez Canal, and created a unique community of marooned seafarers. Recommended.

Jeremy Bowen, August 2017 (BBC Middle East editor and author of Six Days: How the 1967 War Shaped the Middle East).

Stranded in the Six-Day War, Cath Senker

From my blog

Derek Kelly 1966

Marooned in the Suez Canal, cocooned at home

During the lockdown, readers have been looking for titles that reflect their experiences. I’ve had a small flurry of interest in Stranded in the Six-Day War. People see some similarity between being marooned on a ...
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Miriam Leah Imber

Meeting my great-grandmother

At a time when the future seems so uncertain, it might feel reassuring to look back to the past. As an author of non-fiction titles, I’ve often found myself delving into history. But I know ...
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Migration is not a crime

Dream of the UK: Refugees in northern France

Volunteers set up services for refugees in northern France As the Care4Calais volunteers set up to distribute jumpers to refugees in northern France, R comes over to say hi. It’s lovely to see the likeable ...
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