Helen Moss was born in 1964 and grew up in Worcestershire and Saudi Arabia. After a degree in psychology and philosophy at Oxford University, Helen went on to do PhD research at Cambridge University. She recently spent a year in Portland, Oregon, with her family, and on returning decided to switch direction and devote herself full-time to writing books for young readers. Helen lives in a small village outside Cambridge with her husband, two teenage sons, two border collies, two gerbils, several hens and a bearded dragon called Frankie.Visit her website at http://www.helenmoss.org.uk and the Adventure Island website at http://www.adventureislandbooks.com, and follow her on Twitter @hmadventure.
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.
Ian McKellen is internationally renowned for his distinguished work on stage and screen over four decades. He has won over 40 acting awards. He plays Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings, Magneto in the X-Men films and Sir Leigh Teabing in The Da Vinci Code. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed working regularly for radio. His solo reading of The Odyssey for Penguin Books won a U.S. Audie in 1997. His full biography is on www.mckellen.com
Anna Maxwell Martin
Anna trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in `His Dark Materials`. She has also starred as Esther Summerson in the latest tv adaptation of BLEAK HOUSE, for which she won the 2006 Best Actress Bafta.
Robert Madge is a young actor from Warwickshire. He attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and is currently (2013) a pupil at Ashbourne College. One of his first roles was to perform in Matilda the Musical and has since then had roles in Les Misérables, Oliver and Mary Poppins. Previous audio readings include Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner.