Andrew Sachs has performed widely in stage, film and television including the famous Manuel in FAWLTY TOWERS, Einstein in HORIZON SPECIAL: EINSTEIN, Peter Pryce in JACK OF HEARTS, and Joseph in SILENT WITNESS. He also does commentating, radio work, voice-overs and has read numerous audiobooks including The Magical Children's series for Orion.
Brandon Sanderson was born in Nebraska in 1975. Since then he has written, amongst others The Mistborn books and begun the internationally bestselling Stormlight Archive. He was also chosen by Robert Jordan's family to complete Jordan's Wheel of Time Sequence. He lives in Utah.Visit his website at http://www.brandonsanderson.com, follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BrandSanderson and like him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BrandSanderson. Read his blogs at http://mistborn.blogspot.co.uk andhttp://mistborn.livejournal.com.
Marcus Sedgwick used to work in children's publishing and before that he was a bookseller. He now happily writes full-time. His books have been shortlisted for many awards, including The GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION AWARD, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD, the CARNEGIE MEDAL and the EDGAR ALLAN POE AWARD. Marcus lives in Cambridge and has a teenage daughter, Alice.Find his website at www.marcussedgwick.com and follow him on Twitter @marcussedgwick
Born in a backwoods cabin to a pair of punk rockers, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. Following an internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she studied theatre at Southern Oregon University before abandoning the stage for the professional kitchen. She lives, writes and bakes near the Oregon border. FAR FROM YOU is her debut novel.You can follow Tess on Twitter @Sharpegirl
Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California and started writing stories at the age of eight. She wrote her first Horrid Henry book in 1994. Horrid Henry has gone on to conquer the globe; his adventures are published in 27 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Francesca has won the Children's Book of the Year Award and been a judge for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2009, in one of the proudest moments of her career, Francesca was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.Francesca is also a passionate ambassador for children's literacy and is a trustee of the World Book Day charity. She lives in North London with her family.Visit Francesca's website at www.francescasimon.com and keep up-to-date with Horrid Henry at www.horridhenry.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter @simon_francesca
Maudie Smith began her career as an actor. She spent years perching on scenery in the back of a van, while touring with a small-scale theatre company. In children's theatre, she played well-known characters such as Piglet and the Snow Queen. She co-devised many of the plays in which she performed and has written lyrics for musicals, cabaret and a libretto. She recently graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. Maudie lives in a village near Bath with her screenwriter husband, two daughters, two cats, two chickens and far too many stick insects.Visit her website http://www.maudiesmith.co.uk/ and follow her on Twitter @MaudieSmith
Nina Sosanya is best known for playing the uptight and scary Jenny in CH4's TEACHERS. Other TV dramas & comedies include; BBC legal drama SILK, TREASURE ISLAND on Sky, FIVE DAYS, CASANOVA, FM, CAPE WRATH, MESSIAH, NATHAN BARLEY and DR WHO. Theatre includes Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT and Rosalinde in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST for the RSC, and most recently the West End in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Films include; LOVE, ACTUALLY, and Lars Von Trier's MANDERLAY. She has also recorded numerous radio plays.
Lauren St John
Lauren St John is the author of several books on sports and music, as well as the award-winning children's series THE WHITE GIRAFFE, the BLUE PETER BOOK AWARD-winning LAURA MARLIN series and THE ONE DOLLAR HORSE trilogy. Her first adult novel, THE OBITUARY WRITER, was published in 2013. Lauren St John is one of the lead voices of Authors4 Oceans, a collective of 50 writers calling to ban the use of plastics in the book industry.Visit Lauren's website at www.laurenstjohn.com, like her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Lauren-St-John/120957211278399 and follow her on Twitter @laurenstjohn
Dugald A. Steer
Dugald A. Steer is the creator of the DRAGONOLOGY books and has worked as an editor for Templar for many years before going freelance to write in 2005.
Dan Stevens plays Matthew Crawley in the critically acclaimed TV drama Downton Abbey. Television credits include Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Maxwell, Marple, Dracula, The Line of Beauty, Frankenstein and film credits include Hilde. Dan's theatre credits include Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Vortex, Hay Fever, The Romans in Britain, Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. He has read numerous audiobooks including The Angel's Game and History of a Pleasure Seeker for Orion.
Ranked among Great Britain's most esteemed stage actresses, Juliet Stevenson also lends her talent to film and television productions. A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she first made waves in classical theatre in the early '80s. Her most acclaimed film role was in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991). Aside from starring in such films as Nicholas Nickleby and Bend It Like Beckham, she is a very experienced reader of audiobooks, having read titles from Jane Austen to Agatha Christie. She has also read I, Coriander and The Thirteenth Tale for Orion.
Noel Streatfeild (1895-1986) was born in Amberley, Sussex. Her father was Bishop of Lewes and her great-grandmother was the prison reformer, Elizabeth Fry. She was a mischievous child, often in trouble at home. While growing up, she and her sisters put on plays for parish causes and, after making munitions during World War I, she trained as an actress.
Noel Streatfeild started by writing books for adults. Then in 1931 she published her first children's book. Her best-loved novel, BALLET SHOES, was published in 1936.
When World War II broke out, she worked in canteens for the armed forces and for those injured by bombs. She wrote over 80 books in her lifetime and lived in London till her death.
Janet was raised in South Africa and is the niece of staunch South African anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman. She has received The Evening Standard Award for Masha in THREE SISTERS and Hester in Hello And Goodbye. Janet has worked extensively on stage and screen and has also had Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominations for her Czarina in NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA. She has an Honorary Masters Degree from The Open University, and Honorary Doctors of Letters from the Universities of Warwick and Leicester.