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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Dinotrux is a computer-animated television series from DreamWorks now showing on Netflix. Forged in the combustive fires of the Mechazoic Era, the mighty and resourceful Dinotrux must work together to build a better tomorrow... literally!When Ty, a humoungous yet heroic Tyrannosaurus Trux, partners with the intrepid and inventive Reptool named Revvit, their unprecedented friendship upends the treacherous world around them. Whether they're crossing rivers of magma, pulling friends out of tar pits, or facing off against prehistoric predators like D-Structs and the Scraptors, the Dinotrux will build their way out of any challenge in the epic struggle of construction and destruction!
Emma was brought up in Guildford, Surrey, in a family of artists. As a child she loved the work of Peter Firmin, John Burningham and Gerald Rose, and from as far back as she can remember she wanted to be an illustrator. Emma studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and has worked in advertising, editorial and book illustration. The I Love You range has sold over 750,000 copies and I Love My Mummy won the Book Trust Early Years Award. Emma lives in Surrey with her husband and two children and their terrier cross, Buzz, who keeps her fit and provides inspiration. The family likes to spend any spare time in North Cornwall, surfing and walking in all weathers.
Emma studied Illustration at University of Westminster. Since graduating she has had cards and gift wrap published and she has worked as a freelance painter and prop maker for all sorts of films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, The Borrowers and Five Children and It. Some of the most peculiar things she has been asked to make include a baboon's bottom, some dog's lips, slug eyebrows, edible eyeballs, inflatable souffles and exploding chewing gum. Emma also works teaches Illustration and Animation as a visiting lecturer at University of Westminster.
Elys Dolan is an author and illustrator currently living and working in Cambridge. She works predominantly with ink, newfangled digital witchcraft and coloured pencils (of which she is the proud owner of 178, but can never seem to find a sharpener). When not doing pictures and making things up Elys enjoys growing cacti, collecting pocket watches and eating excessive amounts of fondant fancies.In recent times Elys has been awarded 2nd place in the Macmillan Prize, was a finalist in Waterstones Picture This and was shortlisted for the AOI Awards. Elys has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
Penny Dolan is a children's writer and storyteller living in North Yorkshire. She is a popular speaker with both infant and junior children, and has visited many School Book Weeks and literacy events across the UK, with her enjoyable 'Author Talks' and lively story-telling sessions. She has also spoken and performed in libraries, bookshops, museums, art galleries, historic sites and outdoor locations, and has appeared on the children's programme of several literature festivals. She has a wide interest in children's books and has been Chair of the Federation of Children's Book Groups. Penny has a wide experience of schools. She was a primary advisory teacher for English and Drama but has been a freelance language arts worker for several years. She has also taught on residential writing courses for children, tutored both storytelling and writing courses for adults, and spoken at conferences. Penny has a degree in Education, specialising in Language and Literacy and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Drama. As well as working on her writing, Penny enjoys drawing, painting, reading, chatting and daydreaming. Her favourite colour is yellow. Her favourite food is strawberries-and-cream, and she is probably the world's slowest swimmer. She has three untidy desks, two grown-up children and one rather bad cat.
Mojca Dolinar is a Slovenia-based illustrator and designer. She discovered her passion for illustration at an early age. After studying graphic design at the University of Ljubljana she worked as a designer, and now for more than 15 years she has been working in her own studio as an illustrator and designer. Her sketchbook is always close and she uses it as much as she can. She also tries to be creative with different techniques, mixing traditional and digital tools, hand-drawn and digital illustration. Mojca's inspirations are nature and animals - no wonder she likes to illustrate books for children so much!
Sylviane Donnio started writing her first children's book at the age of 8, and if she stopped writing it after the tenth line because she thought it was too hard, she did so with the promise that she would start again when she had grown up. Today, after having studied public law, filling many positions in public administration and becoming the mother of 3, she keeps the promise she made to herself. I'd Really Like to Eat a Child is her very first book.