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Our Authors
Emma Chichester Clark

Emma Chichester Clark trained at the Chelsea College of Art and The Royal College of Art before becoming a full-time illustrator. She was awarded the Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the most promising newcomer to children's book illustration. She has since illustrated a number of picture books and collections for Orchard Books, Andersen Press, Pavilion and Methuen.For Orchard Emma illustrated The Orchard Book of Greek Myths in 1992 and in 1997 The Orchard Book of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Both books have been retold by award-winning writer Geraldine McCaughrean, who has retold a number of the Orchard Collections. Emma's lively illustrations perfectly match the magic of the stories which bring characters of Ancient Greece strikingly to life. Emma was also chosen to be one of eight artists to illustrate The Orchard Book of Opera Stories retold by Adèle Geras which was published last Autumn to much acclaim.In 1998 Emma has joined forces with major poet and playwright, Adrian Mitchell, to illustrate his retelling of Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian published in June.Emma has also written and illustrated a number of her own books, including Tea with Aunt Augusta, Miss Bilberry's New House and Little Miss Muppet Counts to Ten. She also illustrated some collections written by Laura Cecil including A Thousand Yards of Sea (Methuen), and has recently illustrated Thumbelina (Pavilion) and Little Red Riding Hood (Macdonald Young Books). Emma lives in Fulham in South West London, and has featured in the Illustrators Hall of Fame in The Mail on Sunday with other illustrators including Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Shirley Hughes, Anthony Browne and Raymond Briggs.
Lauren Child

Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.
Lucy Coats

Lucy Coates worked as a children's book editor before becoming a full-time writer, poet and journalist. She has two children and lives in Northamptonshire.Lucy lives with her husband and two children deep in the Northamptonshire countryside, surrounded by cows, sheep, horses, owls, foxes, four lunatic dogs and a large and demanding garden. She has been fascinated by childrenOs books ever since she can remember, and cannot imagine a better job than making up stories and poems for a living. When she is not writing she grows organic vegetables, cooks huge meals for her family, and sits in her stone circle, studying the moon and stars.Lucy Coats read English and Ancient History at Edinburgh University, then worked in children's publishing and now writes full-time. She is a gifted children¿s poet and has also written picture books and novels. She is widely respected for her lively retellings of myths. Lucy's website is at www.lucycoats.com. You can also follow her on Facebook http://tinyurl.com/lucycoatsfacebook and Twitter http://www.twitter.com/lucycoats
Catherine Coe

Catherine Coe grew up in the most easterly town in the UK, Lowestoft, and as a result loves the sea (take her anywhere near a beach and she's likely to run off for a paddle, no matter the time of year). Her childhood was full of imagined games and adventures, often taking place on the beach or over craggy rocks. These far-flung worlds and make-believe dreams fuel her writing today. Catherine has written eight books in the fun and action-packed Kid Cowboy series for young readers. The stories are full of adventure and child appeal and feature fantastic full-colour illustrations by Jan McCafferty.Catherine is also a children's book editor with many years of experience. She adores her jobs and feels very lucky indeed; spending most days reading and writing children's books is a dream come true.Catherine lives in London with her partner. As well as books (and the sea), she also loves sushi, running, making clothes and travelling. Her favourite book is The Hobbit and her favourite place to travel is California.
Michael Coleman

Michael claims that English was his worst subject at school; his burning ambition was to become a footballer but his dreams were never realised and he went on to study Maths and Computer Science at university.Humour is at the heart of everything that Michael does: he sees it as the 'antidote' to his very technical and non-creative career. Michael's first book was excitingly entitled Disk Programming Techniques for the BBC Microcomputer, and finding that he enjoyed writing the jokes more than the rest, Michael decided to try leaving out the computer bits. In 1993 Michael decided to concentrate full-time on his writing (apart from when he's day-dreaming about football).In 1997 Michael's novel for older children Weirdo's War was shortlisted for the Carnegie Children's Book Award, the Lancashire Children's Book Award and the Writers Guild Award.
Helen Craig

Helen Craig has been a photographer, a freelance potter and sculptor, a Chinese wallpaper restorer and a children's book author and illustrator. She has worked on more than 60 children's books since she started in 1970 and is the recipient of several prestigious awards. Three of her books have been chosen for the British Book Design and Production exhibitions, of which ANGELINA BALLERINA won a category award in 1990. In autumn 2001, Hit Entertainment made ANGELINA BALLERINA into a BAFTA-winning TV series with the voices of Dame Judi Dench and her daughter Finty Williams. Helen Craig lives and works in a three-hundred-year-old cottage in Buckinghamshire.
Pippa Curnick

Pippa Curnick grew up in rural Essex and studied at Camberwell College of Art. She graduated from the University of Derby with a First Class degree in illustration. Her website is www.pippacurnick.com and you can follow her on twitter @PippaCurnick
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