A former teacher and headteacher, Wes has been a full-time author since 1989. He has written more than 80 books for young readers including poetry, stories, plays, and picture books. He regularly visits schools nationwide performing his 'Poetry Show' and running writing workshops for children, and for adults.
Heather Maisner is author of over 30 children's books, translated into 8 languages, including the award-winning Magic Hourglass, Magic Globe and Diary of a Princess. She also teaches creative writing to children.Her books range from picture books to books for fluent young readers. Often combining fiction with fact and games with information, they are ideal for beginner and reluctant readers.Heather is author and publisher of Dinosaur Douglas Books, featuring the very naughty Dinosaur Douglas, written in rhyme, with zany illustrations by street painter Alex Godwin, covering subjects from oral health to obesity. Heather loves to walk, dance, travel (speaks five languages), make bread and cook for her large family - and amazing black cat.
Mick Manning (born in Yorkshire, England, 1959) and Brita Granström (born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1969) work together as a team sharing the illustration and text. They have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for almost twenty years. They show that the best non-fiction for children can be scholarly, albeit with a light touch, and can have some of the imagination-stretching qualities of fiction. They are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection (often involving participation from members of the audience) all mixed with an audio-visual presentation. They appear on a regular basis at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Book Festival. They have appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum. They have worked closely to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in the UK and Sweden and have also attended the American Library Conference and visited US schools.Many of Manning & Granström's books are translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Greek, Danish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Slovakian. For the last 12 years Mick & Brita have created, written and illustrated a monthly 5-page gentle pre-school series called 'Max and Kate' for the critically acclaimed US children's magazine Ladybug.http://www.mickandbrita.com Selection of Franklin Watts books:The World Is Full of Babies! (Smarties Silver Award Winner); What's under the Bed? (TES Award Winner); Wash, Scrub, and Brush (English Association Award KS1 Winner); Stone Age, Bone Age and many other Wonderwise titles; How Did I Begin? (Rhone Poulenc Science prize winner); How Should I Behave?; Seaside Scientist; My Body Book; My Uncle's Dunkirk; Charlie's War Illustrated (English Association Award KS2 Winner); The Story of Britain; The Brontës - Children of the Moors.
Graham has spent his whole career in children's publishing, firstly as a designer and Creative Director and latterly as a journalist and author. His first published work was a book of poetry, Seeing is Touching (Taurus Press), which came out while he was studying Information Graphics at Harrow School of Art. For some reason, he didn't see this as a sign of things to come and didn't write anything else for years. Graham has worked for Marvel Comics writing scripts (which was his storytelling apprenticeship), done an eight year stint as a copywriter in an advertising agency (where they pay you more for writing less) and was the Children's Editor for Publishing News until it's closure in 2008. He has also written a number of TV and film-related books, including SpiderMan, Wallace and Gromit, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Judge Dredd.Bloomsbury have published his critically acclaimed YA fiction, including Radio Radio, How It Works - South Lanarkshire Book Award winner, 2005 ¬- Zoo, Tokyo - Catalan Young Adult Fiction Award , 2009 - and Omega Place.Usborne publish his thrillers for the 8-12 age range, including Snatched!, Kaï-ro, I Spy: The Constantinople Caper and its sequel Mean Streets: The Chicago Caper. Meanwhile Catnip have republished new and revised editions of the books he wrote in the mid-90s: Strange Hiding Place, Faultline, Takedown (previously titled Skitzo) and Playing with Phyre (previously titled Haden's Quest). He has also written for Barrington Stoke (Bad Day) and has a new Franklin Watts 'Edge' title - Payback - coming in September.A regular on the festival circuit, both as a performer and Chair, Graham also takes his workshops and talks to schools all over the country and is a member of the Author Profile training team. He contributes author interviews to Writeaway and Books for Keeps.
Amelia Marshall is an avid reader and writer of children's books. She has worked in primary education and publishing for over 10 years. As well as specialising in fairy tale twists and retellings she loves to write playful rhymes. As a parent of a toddler son, she saw an opportunity to create a unique rhyming picture book set combining photographic and illustrative elements and came up with four books in Digger and Friends (Digger's Busy Day, Tractor's FarmYard Fun, Big Truck's Road Adventure & Emergency! Emergency!).
Diane lives deep in the countryside in Cornwall. She enjoys all kinds of stories, but particularly those about animals.
Paul's books cover a wide range of subjects, from whether the Romans ate crisps to how to build the world's best skatepark, but he writes mostly about sport. Whether you are interested in swimming, cycling, snowboarding, surfing or another sport, Paul has probably written something that will inspire you to get out and give it a try. Paul writes in a shack by the beach, which he shares with his one-eyed surf dog, Daisy.
Sheila May Bird
I'm sitting at my desk, in my little blue shed in my garden, thinking, 'how lucky I am to be sitting in my little blue shed in my garden'. It's my favourite place, where I do my favourite thing - writing. I was 50 years old when I had my first book published. My mother always said I'd be a late developer. The first book I wrote was about a big, bad cat called Sam. It was for adults who had lost the ability to read and were learning to read all over again. I didn't envy them. I had enough trouble doing it the first time. Since then Sam, the big bad cat has been rewritten as a children's reading book. Now I have written several learning to read books, picture books and story books and am lucky enough to take my books to schools, read them and talk about them (another one of my favourite things to do). Some of my books have gone to faraway places like, China, Australia, Slovakia and America.A famous writer once said that writing is the most fun you can have on your own. I think he is right. I also think that reading is fun when I'm on my own. I'd rather read a good book than watch the television, though I do watch films, Dr. Who and any science fiction. Oh yes, and absolutely anything to do with the Arthurian legends. I would love to meet Merlin. I think I own almost every book there is about Arthur and the knights of the round table. Perhaps one day I will be fortunate enough to be asked to write something about King Arthur and Merlin - who knows?When I'm not writing I enjoy reading other people's books. I loved all the Harry Potter books and all the films that went with them. I like scary books, funny books and happy books.I have always loved magic. Perhaps that is because my Grandfather was a magician.When I have time I write pantomime scripts, plays and novels for adults. And sometimes I cook, clean, do the washing and spend time weeding the garden!
Jem illustrates from her studio in Leeds. But when she's not there, she likes to illustrate animals, hang out with her pet birds and go running by the canal where her houseboat is!
After working as a designer for Usborne Publishing, I left in 2000 to concentrate on illustration. I now live in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy in Manchester with my teacher husband Steve and two daughters, Lara and Natasha.I've just started to dip my toes into writing children's stories, heavily influenced I'm sure by my favourite books as a child, The Faraway Tree trilogy by Enid Blyton, which my daughters now love too, and pretty much every Roald Dahl book written. I love illustration, and try and buy every beautiful book I come across to add to my collection. Illustrators like Nicoletta Ceccoli, Benjamin Lacombe, Charles Fuge and Shaun Tan are just utterly fabulous! Plus, I love the line work of Quentin Blake and Chris Riddell. I love music, and working alone, listening to it keeps me sane! I try and get out to live gigs when I can, also the cinema when I can beg, borrow or steal a babysitter for the evening!
Leslie is a professionally performing magician and storyteller.He lives in the north of England and contributes magic routines, articles and stories to many magical and storytelling magazines. His book,'Magictales - The definitive book of storytelling magic', combining magic routines within the framework of stories, has been acclaimed by magicians throughout the world.He also leads storytelling workshops - helping school teachers, early years practitioners and children to become storytellers.He writes many of his own stories, some of which can be found on his website - www.thestorytelling-resource-centre.com
Christophe Miraucourt was born in Seine et Marne and currently lives in the French town of Coulommiers. He works as a teacher and specialises in helping children with learning difficulties. He writes regularly for children's magazines and has children's books published with several different publishers.
Maggie is an experienced author and has written numerous books for children, including a range of young reader books for Franklin Watts. She lives in the West Midlands.
Nicola Morgan is an international speaker and award-winning author for and about teenagers. She has written nearly 100 books, including novels such as Fleshmarket (currently being adapted for the London stage) and Mondays are Red, but in the last twelve years she has become increasingly well known for her passionate factual work on adolescence, with Blame My Brain - The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed and The Teenage Guide to Stress being seminal titles for teenagers and the adults who work with and care about them. A former teacher and dyslexia specialist, Nicola now writes and speaks around the world on a range of subjects relating to adolescence and wellbeing, as well as the reading brain, reading for pleasure and the effects of life online. Her positive, respectful and empathetic attitude towards young people naturally led her to write Positively Teenage.
Kwanchai Moriya is an illustrator, painter and board game designer. He lives and works in and around Los Angeles
Neil Morris is an established and successful children's author.