Barry Cunningham
Barry Cunningham

Date of birth

19 December 1952

Place of birth

London, England




▪Awarded an OBE in 2010 for Services to the Publishing Industry
▪Winner of the Branford Boase Award in 2000
▪Winner of the Branford Boase Award in 2003
▪Nominated for the Branford Boase Award in 2008

 Barry Cunningham (born 19 December 1952) is a British publisher, who worked for various publishers including Penguin Books and Bloomsbury before setting up Chicken House publishing in 2000. He is most well known for signing J.K Rowling, and publishing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997.

He is the publisher of the Tunnels series.

Early life and education Edit

Cunningham was born on 19 December 1952 in London. He was educated at Malvern College before studying English Literature at Cambridge University.

Career in publishing Edit

Cunningham began working at at Penguin in 1977 and held the position of marketing director in 1989. He later joined Bloomsbury where he initiated Bloomsbury Children’s Books. While in this position he signed J.K Rowling and published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

In 2000, Barry left Bloomsbury to start the The Chicken House, a publisher of children’s fiction that specializes in new writers. Barry also published the books of New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke.

In 2010, Barry received an OBE in recognition of his contribution to children’s literature