As a child, Howard was a big Richard Scarry fan, and still considers Lowly Worm a close confidante, even if he is an anthropomorphic worm. Howard now works as a freelance journalist alongside writing his own children's books. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and two daughters, and enjoys getting covered in mud in the countryside while trail running or mountain biking, eating his own bodyweight in cinnamon buns, riding his Brompton and destroying his kitchen while baking.
Becky Cameron is a British author and illustrator from sunny Sheffield. She graduated in 2012 from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class degree in Graphic Design and Illustration and has just completed an MA in Children's Book Illustration at the prestigious Cambridge School of Art. She was highly commended in the Macmillan Prize during her MA.Wishing for a Dragon is Becky's first picture book. As well as drawing and picture books she also loves cats, Kate Bush, moleskine sketchbooks, walking up hills and spends much too much time on twitter and instagram. She dislikes pigeons, slugs in the bathroom and being late for things. She lives in Oxfordshire.
Emily Carroll is a Canadian comics author from Ontario. Carroll began her career making short webcomics, and gained recognition with the horror comic His Face All Red. Carroll is the author of Through the Woods, And by the Bed and Beneath the Dead Oak Tree. She has won several prestigious awards for her work, including the Eisner and Ignatz.
Margaret Chamberlain is the author-illustrator of Please Don't Torment Tootsie and Mimi and Moochie. She has illustrated many children's books over the last twenty years and has worked with Walker and Bloomsbury, amongst others. She divides her time between Lyme Regis and London.
Mark has been working as an illustrator since 2003.
Lynne Chapman has illustrated over 30 children's books in the last ten years. She works from her home, a Victorian house on the edge of the Peak District National Park in England where she lives with her husband. In her spare time, Lynne enjoys travelling far and wide with her pocket sketchbook. Find out more on: www.lynnechapman.co.uk
Theresa Cheung was born into a family of psychics, astrologers and numerologists. She gave her first public numerology reading at the age of fourteen, and has been involved in the serious study of the psychic arts for over twenty years. As a former English secondary school teacher and health and fitness instructor Theresa has worked with many young adults. She contributes regularly to women's magazines, such as Red, She and Here's Health, and is the author of over twenty health, popular psychology, humour and New Age books including Dreams, Numerology and Face and Hand Reading in the Amazing You series.
Sam Childs is a pseudonym.
Holly Clifton Brown
Holly Clifton-Brown has a first class degree in illustration from the University of the West of England. Her distinctive and magical illustrations combine traditional painting with contemporary techniques.
A Pilgrim's progress, Room for a Little One, The Horse Girl and more
David Conway is a children's picture book author who has written for Hodder, Random House, Frances Lincoln and Gullane Children's Books. He has been awarded The Peter Pan Silver Star by the Swedish wing of the IBBY and the Parents' Choice Gold Award in the US for Lila and the Secret of Rain. His first picture book The Most Important Gift of All illustrated by Karin Littlewood, was nominated for The Kate Greenaway Medal in 2006. More recently Bedtime Hullabaloo! illustrated by Charles Fuge has also been nominated for the 2011 prize as well as the Coventry Inspiration Book Awards 2012.The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster was chosen as one of the children's books of the year 2008 by Nicolette Jones of The Sunday Times and was shortlisted for the 2009 Sheffield Children's Book Award. Shine Moon Shine was chosen as one of the top ten picture books of 2008 by The Bookbag.David is a stay-at-home dad bringing up his two children Bess and Jude and a cat called Bobby. David's wife works in academic publishing.
Trish Cook has written the novelisation of MIDNIGHT SUN. She is also the author of five YA novels, and women's fiction aimed at 'teenagers trapped in a mom's body.' When she's not writing, Trish is a runner, rower, music and pop culture fanatic. She has run two full and four half marathons, rows with a master's crew, sees live music at every chance, writes songs, plays guitar and sings with her own basement-bound band. You can visit Trish at www.trishcook.com.
Paul was born in 1961 in Essex. After the usual exams and college courses he became a teacher. Paul still teaches but spends most of his time performing poetry and running poetry workshops for both adults and children.He has written and edited a number of books including the bestselling anthology THE WORKS, WHAT SHAPE IS A POEM?, WHO RULES THE SCHOOL NOW?, UNZIP YOUR LIPS, TONGUE TWISTERS AND TONSIL TWIZZLERS, TEACHERS PETS, THE VERY BEST OF PAUL COOKSON, YOU'RE NOT GOING OUT LIKE THAT, STAYING OUT LATE PLAYING OUT LATE, and CRAZY CLASSROOMS AND SECRET STAFFROOMS. He is a contributor to Hodder Wayland's audio poetry collection POEMS OUT LOUD.Paul is married and lives with Sally, Sam and Daisy (and Ginger the guinea pig) in Retford.
Susannah Corbett is an actress who has worked on TV, film and the West End. She has appeared in Peak Practise and Dalziel and Pascoe. Her most frightening experience was doing stand-up at The Comedy Store.
Lucy Courtenay has officially been writing children's fiction since 1999, and unofficially for a lot longer than that. Her desk drawers are full of half-finished stories waiting for the right moment to emerge and dance around her study in a shower of exuberant paperclips. Her latest books indulge her love of teenage romance: The Kiss is published by Hodder, with Movie Night and Girl at Sea coming in 2018.
Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.
British-born Katz Cowley has a degree in Illustration from the University of Northumbria. She spent a year and a half travelling around SE Asia and living in Australia before arriving in New Zealand in 2000, where she has been ever since.
Gary Crew writes short stories, novels and picture books. Gary is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is particularly interested in researching the creative links between fiction and nonfiction in his novels and the creative interface between print text and visual text in his picture books. During his publishing career of over 30 years Gary has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times, twice for novels and twice for his picture books; the New South Wales Premier's Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the American Children's Book of Distinction, the Aurealis Best Children's Short Fiction, the Wilderness Society's Award for Environmental Writing, and the Royal Geographic Society Whitley Award. Gary lives on the waterfront of subtropical Bribie Island. When he is not writing or lecturing, he loves to walk by the sea or read.
Cath Crowley is an award-winning author of young adult fiction. Her novels include The Gracie Faltrain trilogy, Chasing Charlie Duskin, Graffiti Moon, Words in Deep Blue and Take Three Girls. Graffiti Moon won the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction, the Ethel Turner Award for Young People's Literature, and was named an honour book in the Children's Book Council, Book of the Year. Words in Deep Blue was recently awarded the Gold Inky for 2017, the QLD Literary Award for a Young Adult Book and The Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. Visit Cath at cathcrowleyauthor.com