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Our Authors
Andrew Daddo

Andrew Daddo is an author, columnist, corporate coach, radio broadcaster, TV presenter, fisherman (hopeless), golfer (woeful), chef (getting better), dad, and well, let s be honest, he has had a go at just about everything. For the past twenty-four years, Andrew has worked primarily as a TV presenter. He's also authored eighteen books, has a regular column in Australian Golf Digest and Sydney's Sun-Herald and presented the Evening program for Sydney's 702 ABC Radio and hosted summer afternoons on 2UE.
Elizabeth Dale

Elizabeth Dale always dreamed of being a writer but somehow got side-tracked into studying for a physics degree, followed by health service management. When her children were born she finally returned to her dream, writing thousands of short stories for magazines all over the world. Re-discovering a love of children's books while reading to her daughters, she decided to turn her hand to writing them - and has now published over twenty books for children, including picture books and junior fiction. Writing is her full-time job, but also her favourite activity. She also enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and being in the country. Her favourite children's books include Walk Two Moons, The Selfish Giant, Cosmic, and Someone Else's Life. She loves watching cosy sentimental films, such as You've Got Mail, Return to Me, and While You Were Sleeping, as well as classic old films starring Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Doris Day. Elizabeth is married, with three daughters, and lives in a village in West Sussex. Her daughters, Katie and Jenny, are also children's authors with Hachette.
Katie Dale

Katie Dale had her first poem 'The Fate of The School Hamster' published in The Cadbury's Book of Children's Poetry, aged 8 and hasn't stopped writing since. On graduating, she went travelling through South-East Asia - only to discover whilst in a Vietnam internet cafe that she was a winner of the SCBWI 2008 Undiscovered Voices competition.
Ned Dameron

Ned Dameron has done illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons, as well as some for reprints of Edgar Rice Burrough's works. He has produced cover artwork for many popular novels, including The Waste Lands by Stephen King and The Second Generation by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman.
Penny Dann

Penny Dann was a well-known and highly talented children's illustrator, whose Secret Fairy range has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide.Penny Dann studied Visual Communication at Brighton Polytechnic and enjoyed a successful career illustrating children's books. Her witty, lively watercolours have added character to many well-known stories and she also wrote her own books.Penny was born in Slough, Buckinghamshire and was brought up in Stoke Poges. Following an eighteen-month tour around Thailand, Malaysia, Australia and the US, Penny settled in her university town of Brighton.Penny was well-known for her bestselling The Secret Fairy range of handbooks and novelties for Orchard Books. Among Penny's other books are One for the Pot and Why Not Stay for Breakfast? (Elm Tree Books), two anthologies The Animals' Bedtime Story Book and Read Me a Story (Orion) and three books about Figgy Two Socks and Jefferson Bear (Kingfisher). She also illustrated The Collins Treasury of Poetry edited by Stephanie Nettell and designed a soft toy for Running Press.
Michael Davidson

Michael Davidson studied Illustration at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, where his artwork was commended both at the Macmillan Children's Book Prize and the British D&AD awards. He went on to do a Masters in Sequential Illustration at Brighton University. After graduating he spent time in education; teaching English as a Foreign Language in Eastern Asia as well as assisting at primary schools in London. He continued to develop his artwork and story ideas, and Michael's passion for illustration and his work with children have combined in his first book 'Ready, Teddy, Go!'
Caroline Davis

Caroline Davis studied Illustration at Norwich School of Art. Since graduating she has worked for a number of publishers, illustrating and designing a wide range of books for young children. Caroline lives and works in Surrey.
Sarah Davis

Since 2008, Sarah Davis has had 19 books published in Australia and overseas, and her work has been shortlisted for several awards. She won the CBCA's Crichton Award for MENDING LUCILLE, and VIOLET MACKEREL'S BRILLIANT PLOT was a CBCA Honour book. FEARLESS and FEARLESS IN LOVE both won multiple children's choice awards.
Gabby Dawnay

Gabby is the wordy half of the author and illustrator team that created A Possum's Tail (nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal) and London Calls. Gabby is also heavily involved with children's magazine OKIDO, and also writes for the CBeebies series 'Messy Goes to OKIDO' and Eco Kids Planet magazine.
Susana De Dios

Jerome and Susana are married with a son and a daughter who provides them with lots of inspiration for their Horse and Fox characters. Before creating MINE! they produced an iPad app called The Phantom Clickerist, a digital story book for children. Jerome and Susana are both designers, working mostly in magazines.
Clare De Marco

Clare lives in London with her husband, son and daughter. She is always sharing stories with young, and not so young, children.
Dorothee De Monfreid

Dorothée de Monfreid was born in 1973 in a family of painters and architects. So it was any easy choice for her to go to the Arts & Decoration School, from which she received a degree in graphics. Today, she juggles her career as an author-illustrator and her vocation as a graphic artist in publishing. She has published over a dozen books: stories about cats, rabbits, elephants and stinking monsters and even about cakes.
Ade Deane-Pratt

In her role as Research Development Manager for the research charity Deafness Research UK, Ade writes about research projects and new developments in science for a wide range of non-scientists, both adults and children. Among other publications, she is responsible for the scientific content on the charity's website, which they are expanding to include interactive sections for children.
Iris Deppe

Iris Deppe is an accomplished illustrator and graphic designer whose work has featured in books, magazines and newspapers as well as on album covers, music posters and t-shirts. She is the illustrator of Little Bell and the Moon, a beautiful picture book that introduces children to the most difficult of topics with warmth, positivity and humour. Iris's artwork reflects her passions and interests, including animals, the 60's and 70's and bright, primary colours.
Louise Derrington

Louise Derrington trained as a Social Anthropologist at Edinburgh University before beginning her working life as a journalist. A chance interview about the teaching of hearing impaired children in Holland caused her to change direction and train as a teacher of both the hearing impaired and special needs. Louise has a low boredom threshold and writing is her new personal challenge.
Ted Dewan

TED DEWAN been an illustrator and cartoonist since 1988, and his work regularly appears in the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, TES and the Guardian. He won the coveted Mother Goose Award for his first children's picture book in 1992, Inside the Whale. Subsequent picture books include The Three Billy Goats Gruff and Top Secret. He has also illustrated children's and adult non-fiction. His first book for the Doubleday list was The Sorcerer's Apprentice, which was short-listed for the Kurt Maschler Award. He is also the creator of the popular Crispin the pig, and Bing! He lives in Oxford with his wife, artist and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner, Helen Cooper, and their daughter.
Anna Dewdney

Anna Dewdney lives just over a covered bridge in southern Vermont. She is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of Llama Llama Red Pyjama and Llama Llama Mad at Mama. Anna taught at a boys' boarding school for many years before becoming a full-time author and illustrator. She is a full-time mum to two away-at-school daughters and two stay-at-home dogs.
Katie Dicker

Katie Dicker is a writer and editor who has worked in publishing for over 15 years. She has a degree in politics and philosophy and specialises in children's educational publishing.
Nancy Dickmann

Nancy Dickmann grew up in the USA, where she played baseball, ate hot dogs and read encyclopaedias for fun. She has now lived in England long enough to think that cold and rain are normal, but still has yet to try Morris dancing. Before becoming an author, she worked as an editor and publisher of children's books. Now, with Pushkin the Three-Legged Wonder Cat as her trusty assistant (in charge of lap-sitting), she writes books on a wide range of topics, including animals, space, history, health and explorers. The highlight of her career so far has been getting to interview a real astronaut to find out how they use the toilet in space!
Sandra Dieckmann

Sandra Dieckmann is an illustrator, author and maker. Her work is deeply inspired by all that's weird and wonderful in nature, drifting thoughts and dreams. She was born in the north of Germany but lives and works in east London. Her first book as author and illustrator, Leaf, was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize and shortlisted for both the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and tha AOI World Illustration Award.