I used to write for newspapers and radio, and stuck to "the facts", but began writing fiction when I dared to think I could do it. I am still learning!I worked with children and families for many years and learned a lot from them. Nowadays I live in Devon, and keep animals - seven sheep and two dogs. I can almost see the sea from our house, and I love being on the water - sailing, rowing my boat and even swimming - but it's usually too cold!I like travelling, meeting people and eating interesting food. I once spent the night in a dog kennel - but that is another story.
Robyn Hardyman is a highly experienced book author and editor. She has written a variety of titles for children and her subjects include outdoor adventure books, social sciences and literacy. Robyn is married with children and lives and works in Oxford.
Tim Harris has been fascinated by all aspects of the natural world since a young age. After studying Norwegian glaciers at university, his quest for wildlife has seen him explore the giant dunes of the Namib Desert, climb the slopes of Popocatapetl in Mexico, camp in the Sumatran rainforest, and search the frozen Sea of Okhotsk for sea-eagles. Tim has written books about nature and the environment for both children and adults, including the award-winning Migration Hotspots: the World's Best Bird Migration Sites. Apart from birds, his special interests are bats, moths, glaciers, and the weather.
Paul was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and grew up in County Durham. This left him with an accent that people find trustworthy, surveys have confirmed. It also left him with an allegiance to Newcastle United football club. Newcastle won their last major trophy months before he was born. In bleak moments, he wonders if this is his fault.After a degree in Southampton he worked in a variety of different jobs with mixed success. He's been a labourer for a roofer (rubbish), a labourer for a builder (he was keen, but rubbish), a waiter (really rubbish) and a barman (merely adequate). He's sold double glazing (rubbish), toys (not bad), and garden furniture (all right at that). Somehow he never got sacked-it must have been that trustworthy accent. Since then he's been a children's books editor (not bad at that, actually) and now he writes them for what may loosely be described as a living.Paul lives with his wife and two children in West Sussex.
Simon Hart has been a sports journalist for more than 20 years and has reported from five Summer Olympic Games.
Judith Anderson writes extensively for children. She teaches Creative Writing at the University of Winchester.
Peter Hepplewhite is an experienced writer of children's history and has taught the subject for many years. He is currently the Education Officer for Tyne & Wear Archives Service.
Claire Heuchan is an award-winning black feminist writer who blogs under the name Sister Outrider. She writes on subjects including race, power, identity and sexual politics and her work has been featured in several publications including 404 Ink's Nasty Women.
Peter Hicks teaches history and archaeology and has a special enthusiasm for 'digging up the past'. He has wide experience of writing about history for children.
Janet Hoggart is an experienced and successful writer for teenagers.
Alex Hooper-Hodson writes the 'Teen Talk' column for the Daily Record and for six years was the agony uncle for Sugar magazine, responding to boys' questions and problems.
Suzie is passionate about teaching children photography, and is the founder of Shutterbug Kids, which runs workshops for kids. With 20 years' experience as an award-winning international photojournalist, Suzie has worked for Press Association, Reuters and The Times. She has three children.
Jack Hughes has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working on various projects all over the world, from theatre posters to magazine illustration and children's comics. In recent years, having a young family has been a real inspirational for Jack. This has lead to him specialising in children's book illustration. He has created many characters and stories that have been greatly inspired by his young children.
Colin Hynson is an experienced children's and educational writer and broadcaster. He also acts as an educational consultant for museums and heritage sites.