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Martin Waddell

Martin Waddell is known and respected the world over for his incredible storytelling. Martin has won the Smarties Prize twice and was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen Award for children's literature. For Orchard, Martin has written the fun, action-packed bestseller 'The Dirty Great Dinosaur' and its sequel 'The Super Swooper Dinosaur' (both illustrated by Leonie Lord), and two wonderful story collections 'The Orchard Book of Goblins, Ghouls and Ghosts' (illustrated by Tony Ross) and 'The Orchard Book of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales' (illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark). Martin lives in Northern Ireland.
Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh is a witty, inventive and highly individual picture book writerand illustrator as well as an accomplished graphic designer. A graduate ofCentral St Martin's Illustration course, her editorial work under the namesof Nora Charles and Walshworks includes commissions from the Guardian, (towhich she contributed a strip cartoon throughout 1999) Elle, The SundayTimes and the Wall Street Journal. Joanna also works for animators BermudaShorts creating adverts and indents for TV and the internet.
Viola Wang

Viola was born and raised in Beijing, China. She went to school at the printing factory where her father worked, and this is where her love of books started. She studied oil painting at university before moving to London to work as a graphic designer. She is a graduate of the Children's Book Illustration MA at Cambridge School of Art and the winner of the Sebastian Walker Award. She now teaches at the Cambridge School of Art.
Ruth Warburton

Ruth Warburton was born and raised in Sussex, on the south coast of England. She grew up on a reading diet of her mum's classics (Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre) her dad's sci-fi and fantasy (A Wizard of Earthsea, Flowers for Algernon) and the Jilly Cooper novels passed around school at break time.She now lives in London where she is a publicist by day and a writer by night.To find out more or to drop her a line, visit her website www.ruthwarburton.com
Andrew Weale

Andrew Weale is every mother's nightmare. As well as being a writer of children's books, he is an actor and singer. He lectures on picture books at Winchester University and coaches corporate clients in presentation skills, so his mother does manage to catch some sleep at night.Born in Brighton and educated at Eastbourne College, he won a Classics Scholarship to Trinity College, Oxford. Having rubbed shoulders with the likes of Boris Johnson and Niall Ferguson, he decided to change direction completely and learn how to act at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.After far too many years of education he set up a theatre company that went on to win a Fringe First Award at the 1991 Edinburgh Festival. At the Award Ceremony he got to make a speech and kiss Emma Thompson.Andrew's company was the first to tour Romania after the revolution, having been invited personally by Ion Caramitru, head of Bucharest's Bulandra Theatre. The company also toured in New York and Hong Kong.Andrew has worked as a freelance actor and singer since 1997, when he played Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Other highlights include working with Sir Alec Guinness and Janet Suzman. He has had roles in Kevin Spacey's film Beyond the Sea and Peter Sellars' production of The Rake's Progress at Paris' Chatelet Theatre. Recently he played the lead in the Theatre Royal Bath's Dangerous Obsession opposite Liza Goddard.Andrew has always been involved with books. He worked with Kathleen Tynan and Allegra Huston on The Kenneth Tynan Ketters and Nick Hern on The Honourable Beast (the posthumous autobiography of English theatre director John Dexter). In 2010 Hodder published Andrew's first children's picture book One Newt in a Suit. Since then he has written four more for Andersen Press, Random House and Hodder. He has spoken at many festivals, including the Imagine Festival on London's South Bank, and the Oxford and Hay festivals.Andrew's mum is sleeping much better these days!
Jo Weaver

Jo Weaver had a career as a support worker in the non-profit sector before retraining as an illustrator. She completed an MA degree in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in 2014, where she discovered a love of working in charcoal. Shortly afterwards she was shortlisted for the Association of Illustrator's newcomer's Awards. Jo lives with her young family in north London, and when she's not drawing she can be found escaping the city to walk and explore in the wild outdoors.
Johanna Weaver

Jo Weaver had a career as a support worker in the non-profit sector before retraining as an illustrator. She completed an MA degree in Children's Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in 2014, where she discovered a love of working in charcoal. Shortly afterwards she was shortlisted for the Association of Illustrator's newcomer's Awards. Jo lives with her young family in north London, and when she's not drawing she can be found escaping the city to walk and explore in the wild outdoors.
Hayley Welsh

Hayley has been drawing for as long as she can remember and always enjoyed writing stories and making books when she was a child.Throughout her childhood, she practiced her drawing and finally decided to study Illustration at Blackpool College of Art and Design.Hayley graduated in 2007, and since then has worked as an editorial illustrator for 'The Independent on Sunday' and worked as a freelance illustrator in the UK and Australia.She also works alongside local councils and schools, taking part in illustration workshops and holding various exhibtions throughout the year.'This Way Up' is Hayley's first children's book by Hodders Childrens Books, which she hopes to be the first of many.www.hayleywelsh.com
Chris Weyant

Christoper Weyant live in New Jersey with his wife, Anna Kang and their two daughters. A cartoonist and illustrator, Christopher's cartoons can regularly be seen in The New Yorker magazine. His cartoons are syndicated world-wide and have been featured on The Today Show and World News. You can visit him at www.christopherweyant.com.
Christopher Weyant

Christoper Weyant live in New Jersey with his wife, Anna Kang and their two daughters. A cartoonist and illustrator, Christopher's cartoons can regularly be seen in The New Yorker magazine. His cartoons are syndicated world-wide and have been featured on The Today Show and World News. You can visit him at www.christopherweyant.com.
Ian Whybrow

Ian Whybrow has lived in Kent, various places in London and as far afield as Hong Kong and New York. The most important thing to him in his writing is that it reads aloud brilliantly and that there is something in it for everyone.
Lee Wildish

Lee Wildish is an acclaimed illustrator. His Spooky, Spooky House won the Overall Red House Children's Book Award, his Spaghetti with the Yeti was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award.
Melanie Williamson

Melanie Williamson is a fantastic new illustrator in the world of picture books, and has just been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Melanie has been a fan of illustrations and pictures since a very early age. She is particularly inspired by quirky characters and bold, vivid colour. She graduated in BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montford University in 2000 and has since been happily painting away as an illustrator of children's books.
Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author, whose titles include I Hate School, I Want to Be a Cowgirl and Don't Let Go. Jeanne lives in London.
Kate Willis-Crowley

Kate grew up in Hastings, spending much of her childhood on the beach or playing on the rocks around Hastings Castle. She decided she wanted to be a children's author and illustrator at the age of eight, following her parents' advice to always carry a sketchbook wherever she went. Kate studied fine art at Reading University and then went to the Royal College of Art, where she specialised in children's book illustration. Kate now lives in Ramsgate, where she spends many happy hours beachcombing with her kids.
Katherine Woodfine

Katherine Woodfine is the author of the bestselling Sinclair's Mysteries and Taylor & Rose Secret Agents series. Her debut novel The Clockwork Sparrow was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award, and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. She has worked for BookTrust on projects including the Children's Laureate and was also part of the founding team being YALC, the UK's first Young Adult Literature Convention. She now combines writing with reviewing children's books, organising book events and presenting Down the Rabbit Hole, a monthly radio show and podcast about children's literature.
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