As a child Tamara Macfarlane practically lived in Blackwell's Children's Bookshop in Oxford. Later in Cambridge she read more children's books whilst studying English and Education and specialising in Children's Literature. After a number of years spent as a literacy co-ordinator trying to persuade children in schools that the world inside books was generally a lot more interesting than the real world, Tamara had her first child and decided she would like to live in a children's bookshop again. As she couldn't find one that she liked she founded the award winning Tales on Moon Lane bookshop in Herne Hill, subsequently opening a second shop in Primrose Hill, filling it with even more of her favourite books.
Stephen is fine artist and has been doing commercial work with Lip International since 1989. In that first year he was published by Paperchase in the UK and for the Terrance Higgins Trust. His work was then sold by the poster company, The Art Group, in companies such as Ikea and Habitat. From 1991 onwards, card ranges featuring Stephen's work were sold to Harrods, Selfridges and other exclusive stores. These ranges were also selling well in the USA with strong sales in Barnes & Noble, Pier 1, Urban Outfitters, Borders and the Nature Company amongst others. By the early nineties, Stephen's cards were sold in 50 countries worldwide, including virtually every country in Europe. In 1998 Lip International set up a licensing department and linked up with a number of companies around the world licensing Stephen's work. His designs have featured on calendars, notebooks, prints, kitchenware, stained glass, wind-chimes, to name but a few.
Nasaya Mafaridik is based in Indonesia. Self-taught, she has a passion for children's books and bright, colourful stationery. Nasaya can be found on Instagram: @a.nasaya
Eden Maguire lives part of the time in the US, where she enjoys the big skies and ice-capped mountains of Colorado.An abandoned farmstead two hours south west of Denver gave her the perfect setting for The Beautiful Dead. "It was as if time had stood still," she says of her first chance visit to the ranch. "The kitchen still had the old rocking-chair and iron stove, the ancient barn door really did blow open and shut in the wind."It was here that the seed for a series of paranormal romance mysteries was sown. Eden Maguire's lifelong admiration for Emily Bronte's timeless classic, Wuthering Heights, ties in with her fascination for the dark side of life and informs her portrayal of the restless, romantic souls in The Beautiful Dead.Away from her interest in the supernatural and the solitary pursuit of writing fiction, Eden's life is lived as much as possible in the outdoors, thanks to ranch-owning friends in Colorado. She says, "Put me on a horse and point me towards a mountain - that's where I find my own personal paradise."Find Eden Maguire at www.beautifuldead.com
Nick Maland graduated in English and Drama from London University in 1981. He pursued a career in the theatre, acting and directing in the London fringe, and, during this time, developed an interest in drawing, which soon took over as a full-time occupation. He has worked as an editorial illustrator for the TES, The Times, The Observer, The Guardian and The Independent amongst others. He was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award in 1996 (for Welcome Night) and the Children's Book Award in 1998 (for Brave Whale). Further prestigious wins include the V&A illustration award in 2003 (You've Got Dragons) and the Silver Medal in Society of Illustrators Original Art 2005 Exhibition as well as the Stockport Children's Book Award (for Snip Snap). Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide won the Booktrust Early Years Award. He has a daughter and a son and lives between London and France.
Geoffrey Malone spent his early life in Africa and did not receive any formal schooling until the age of eleven. He later spent sixteen years as a soldier, then left the UK for Toronto, where he joined a Canadian advertising agency. An encounter with a colony of beavers in the Ontario wilderness during his stay in Canada, led to his first book - Brunner. He returned to Britain determined to write for children. He has now had eight books published, most of which are about wild animals. They are all closely observed and describe the struggle for survival among differing species, in today's man-dominated world.He won the (prestigious) French Children's Book of the Year, TamTam Prize, for Torn Ear, the story of a fox. This was followed soon afterwards by the award of the, Prix d' Enfants et Grand-Parents Europeen. In England, he was shortlisted for the 2001 Stockton Children's Book of the Year, with Elephant Ben, a story about ivory poaching. His subjects have included badger baiting in England; the slaughter of Indian tigers, and life inside a wolf pack, in Wyoming, USA. His latest book, Dead Boys' Club, sees a return to Africa and a vivid description of the horrors of modern day slavery, as a Child Soldier.
Lucy Mangan is an award-winning columnist for Stylist magazine, the Guardian TV critic and author of the widely acclaimed Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading, which celebrates her lifelong passion for stories, including those of Enid Blyton.
Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five yearsworking on the legendary but now sadly defunct UK teen mag, J17, firstas a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined thelaunch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK, which she later went onto edit and has consulted on a wide range of other youth titlesincluding Bliss, The Face and More.Sarra was most recently editor of BBC's What To Wear magazine. She'snow advises a number of UK magazine publishers as well as writingfeatures and a monthly column for ELLE UK and is a regular contributorto Grazia and Red magazines. Sarra has also contributed to TheGuardian, ES Magazine, Seventeen, Details and Heat and wrote the ShopBitch column for Time Out London. Sarra lives in North London with herdevoted dog, Dino, the mongrel she saved from an untimely death.http://sarramanning.blogspot.com
Jan Mark was one of the most distinguished writers for children of recent times. She won the Carnegie Medal twice - for Thunder and Lightnings (1976) and Handles (1983). Other acclaimed titles include They Do Things Differently There, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and The Eclipse of the Century, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Her science fiction novels - The Ennead, Divide and Rule and Aquarius (all Hodder) - are acclaimed as masterpieces. A former teacher, Jan came from a London family, spent many years living in Norfolk but, for the last twenty years of her life, made her home in Oxford, where she died in 2006.
Jill Marshall is British but lives in New Zealand with her daughter. She is the author of the bestselling fiction series Jane Blonde.
Sarah Massini is the creator of Zac and Zeb and Books Always Everywhere. Drawing has been a life-long habit that has seen her through careers in corporate design, children's book design and now as an illustrator.
Taran was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own, writing his first book at nine years old.At twenty-two, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write Summoner, taking part in Nanowrimo 2013. Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over three million reads in less than six months. After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.The Summoner series has now been published in 12 territories and is a New York Times Bestseller. Taran is currently the Book Trust's writer in residence.
Jennifer Mathieu was born on the East Coast of America, to a mom from Cuba and a dad from Chile. Jennifer teaches English to middle and high schoolers in Texas, where she now lives with her husband, son and rescue dog. She used to make her own zine, and is writing about all her favourite things in Moxie - punk rock, lady rights, the 90s, zines, Texas, and an interesting female protagonists. She writes contemporary YA fiction that treats teens like real people. www.jennifermathieu.comtwitter: @jenmathieu Instagram: @authorjenmathieu Facebook: writerjennifermathieu
Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, grew up thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh as her own great-grandbear. She has shared Winnie's story as a radio documentary, spearheaded an original exhibition, and traveled to the UK to commemorate Harry and Winnie's experience in World War I. She works at Narrative Public Relations, and lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.
Miranda has lived in France, Italy and London. She has always loved art, and sold her first illustration at the age of 25. It was of arestaurant called 'La Strega' (The Witch) and is hanging there still. She loves travel and enjoys having fun. She chose to write and illustrate specifically for children because children's books are a way of passing on knowledge while providing entertainment for others and herself. Miranda may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah McConnell grew up in the Leicestershire countryside and spent her childhood drawing on every surface she could find, from the footpath in her parent's garden, to tiny storybooks that she kept under her pillow.
After taking an art foundation course she became very interested in the way images could suggest stories and studied Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, going on to do an MA in illustration at Brighton.
Sarah has been both writing and illustrating for children for nine years. She now lives in Nottingham with her partner Rich, who is a musician and her extremely mischievous cat Mewdy. She spends most of her time painting and writing in her studio, which sits on a hill overlooking the city.
Allegra McEvedy MBE is a highly respected chef, writer and broadcaster whose philosophy is that good food should be available to everyone. In 2004 she co-founded the multi-award winning healthy fast food chain LEON and recently re-opened Albertine, a wine bar/restaurant that her mother set up in the 70s. Allegra was a judge on CBBC's Junior Bake Off with Nadiya Husain, has presented several TV series across various channels and is a regular guest on BBC Radio London and Radio 4.She is a patron of the Fairtrade Foundation and a spokesperson for Compassion in World Farming.A longstanding fan of Enid Blyton since the age of 7, she has enjoyed revisiting Enid's complete works to give a proper account of food in Blyton's era.She lives with her daughter in West London, where they love getting creative and messy together in the kitchen.
Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Hilary McKay grew up in a household of readers and read voraciously from an early age. After studying Botany and Zoology at St Andrews University, she went on to work as a biochemist, but always wanted to write. Hilary's novels have won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Award and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She lives in a small village in Derbyshire with her family.
While a student at Plymouth Art College, David began selling his cartoon drawings to newspapers. Since 1964 he has published a number of successful books for children throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. David is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.
Graham McNamee grew up in Toronto and now lives in Vancouver. He has worked in bookshops, libraries, a book-binding factory and, of course, a Lost Property office! He is extremely shy and his hobbies are drawing and photography.