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.
Rebecca Westcott was born in Chester. As a trained teacher, she has worked in some unusual places, including a Category C male prison. Her first novel Dandelion Clocks was published in 2014, longlisted for the Branford Boase award and widely acclaimed, including by Jacqueline Wilson and Cathy Cassidy. Aside from writing, Rebecca teaches music in a primary school in Dorset, where she lives with her husband and three children.
Rhona Whiteford has many years' experience of teaching at preschool and primary level, and is the author of many educational books for teachers, parents and children.
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.
Oscar Wilde was born in Ireland in 1854 and is known for his poetry, plays and the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. He died in Paris in 1900.
Finty Williams is a successful stage and screen actress. Her theatre credits include Luise Miller at The Donmar, Twelfth Night at The National, Bedlam at Shakespeare's Globe, Bedroom Farce at Rose Theatre & Duke of York's and Tons of Money at Theatre Royal Windsor. Television work includes Cranford and Born and Bred and film features include The Good Night, Ladies In Lavender and Gosford Park. Finty regularly performs on radio and has read numerous audio books. She also provided the voice of Angelina in the hit children's television and audio book series Angelina Ballerina.
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 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 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.