Margaret Mahy's many books - picture books, short stories, and fiction for teenagers as well as younger children - have been hugely successful all round the world and she is indisputably one of the most popular and successful twentieth-century children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal and many other awards, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lived in New Zealand until her death in 2012.
Mark was born in London into a creative family including a pianist, actress and dancer. He was encouraged to draw from an early age going on to study Illustration and Painting at the University of Wolverhampton. He lives with his wife, Geraldine, and their two sons. Follow him on Twitter @markjmarshall4
Angela has written over forty books for children. These include young fiction and poetry as well as picture books. After working abroad as a nanny she trained in illustration but realised she was much happier producing words than pictures. Angela enjoys collaborating with other illustrators on her picture books - her inspiration coming from two boisterous children. She lives with them and her husband on a farm (her husband keeps horses) in the South West of England.Angela McAllister is an award-winning author of over sixty books for children and young teens. She lives in Hampshire.
John McLay was born in Middlesborough, North Yorkshire. In 1986 he moved south to join the BBC where he worked as a dresser on several TV programmes including Eastenders, Top of the Pops and Wogan, as well as a having a Saturday job working as a runner on 'Going Live'. After acting as a runner for Lennie Henry at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday concert at Wembley in 1988, John became a bookseller for Waterstone's, and later a Marketing Officer at Puffin. He was on the Children's Book Circle committee for three years, and held the position of Editor & Rights Director at the children's books packager Working Partners Ltd. He has written and reviewed children's books for publications as varied and eminent as Amazon, the Financial Times, Publishing News and Books for Keeps. John has been self-employed since 2001.John lives in Bath with his wife Gillian, where he runs a children's book group and enjoys gardening, cricket and football. He is a life-long Doctor Who fan.