Jane Ray's exquisite artwork has gained acclaim both in the UK and internationally, and she regularly shows her work at galleries and exhibitions. Jane won the Smarties Prize with The Story of Creation; The Story of Christmas was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award; and A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award. Jane's books for Orchard include the contemporary fairy tale The Apple-Pip Princess, the heartwarming The Dolls' House Fairy and the fabulously festive The Twelve Days of Christmas. She is also the illustrator of Heartsong, written by Kevin Crossley-Holland. Jane lives in London.
Ellen Renner grew up in the Ozark hills of southern Missouri and moved to England in her twenties. She trained as a painter before turning her artistic hand to creative writing.CASTLE OF SHADOWS was Ellen's stunning debut novel. It won the 2007 Cornerstone's/Writers News WOW Factor Competition, which led her to be snapped up by her agent, Rosemary Canter. The brilliant CITY OF THIEVES followed. Ellen lives in Devon with her husband and young son - in a castle!
Jamie Rix was born in London in 1958 and has three brothers and sisters. He is also a TV Producer and Director and has worked on comedy shows such as Smith and Jones and many others. He lives in Battersea with his wife and two childrenFor twenty five years, Jamie Rix has combined a career in television as a director, writer and producer with writing for children. He has worked on a wide variety of comedy programmes including the BAFTA winning The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury and Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids, as well as the British Comedy Award winning Faith in the Future and most recently the BBC sitcoms My Hero and Not Going Out. He continues writing for television and film, as well as writing books for children of all ages.
Thomas Rockwell, son of the American artist, Norman Rockwell, is the author of a number of books for young readers. He was the recipient of the Mark Twain Award, the California Young Reader Medal, and the Sequoyah Book Award for the classic How to Eat Fried Worms, which was made into a movie in 2006. Tony Ross is one of the most highly regarded children's book creators/illustrators in Britain. For Orchard he illustrated the Greek and Roman Myths books in the Orchard Myths range, and the hilarious One and Only series by Laurence Anholt, as well as the poetry collection Balloon Lagoon. Tony lives in Wales.
Michael Rosen held the post of Children's Laureate from 2007-2009. He is one of the best-known figures in the children's book world, renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers' works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books.