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Our Authors
Mo Farah

Sir Mo Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983. As a young child he spent time in Djibouti before moving to England at the age of eight. Mo initially struggled with the language barrier, but his PE teacher at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson, quickly spotted his potential as a runner and encouraged him to join Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club. After attending St Mary's Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre in Twickenham, Mo became a professional athlete. At the 2012 London Olympic Games he won gold in the 10,000m - Britain's first gold in this event. He followed this up with a stunning victory in the 5000m to become, in the words of Dave Moorcroft, 'the greatest male distance runner that Britain has ever seen.' Mo was appointed CBE in the Honours List in 2013 and in December 2016 he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tania, and their three daughters Rhianna, Aisha and Amani.
John Fardell

John Fardell is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. John's cartoon work has appeared in many publications, including the adult comic Viz, where his creations 'The Modern Parents' and 'The Critics' are two of the most popular and long-running strips. He lives in Edinburgh
Charlie Farley

Charlie Farley grew up by the sea in North-East Scotland, where he spent his days reading, writing and day-dreaming. Charlie has always been inspired by nature, and much of his writing is influenced by the landscape and animals of Dorset, where he lives with his wife, four children and two dogs.
Maya Fidawi

As a member of a family who embraced art, she was very much encouraged to be anartist. She studied painting and sculpting at the faculty of art in the Lebanese university andgraduated in the year 2000. She has been illustrating ever since and has illustrated over 17books, most of which have been done for Kalimat publishers.
Jim Field

Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear.
Mandy Foot

Mandy Foot is a self-proclaimed animal nut and horse lover and works in a studio in the Adelaide Hills. Mandy's picture books for Lothian include the very popular Captain Kangaroo series and the bestsellers THE WHEELS ON THE BUS and OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM. For free music and other fun downloads visit www.mandyfoot.com.au or follow her on twitter.com/mandy_foot
Michael Foreman

Michael Foreman spent his childhood in the seaside village of Pakefield, near Lowestoft in Suffolk. He studied at Art School, gaining an MA from the Royal College of Art, before going on to become a full time author and illustrator. His work was soon hailed as a landmark in picture book publishing - and he has won an array of prizes which testify as much, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice), Smarties Book Prize, The Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award (twice).Michael feels that good illustration must offer something much more than decoration, the pictures should extend the text to produce a narrative of their own. Most of Michael's work is in colour, and can be typified by blues and turquoises. He loves the sea, and it plays a strong part in much of his work.Michael has written a number of books on subjects close to his heart including War Boy (Pavilion), After The War Was Over (Pavilion) and War Game which are about conflictand war. He said of War Game that he hadn't necessarily set out to write a children's book, and picture books can be for adults too.Cornwall is also a great influence on Michael Foreman and he spends as much time there as possible. Cornwall's legends and landscape feature in many of Michael's books including The Merrymaid of Zennor, which was written by Charles Causley.Michael lives in London, and St. Ives Cornwall. He is married and has three sons.
Evelyn Foster

Fairytale writer, Evelyn Foster, has a First in English Literature and a masters degree in drama. She works as author, actor and storyteller specialising in folklore and fairytale. She has run myth workshops at the British Museum: including spooky sleep-overs next to the Egyptian mummies! She has played Shakespearean and Restoration heroines... and quite a lot of fairy godmothers. Her books aim to give children a love of reading, rather than too much texting and TV!
Christyan Fox

Christyan and Diane Fox are a successful husband-and-wife author/illustrator team. Together they have created many books for children, including the popular Piggy Wiggy series. Christyan and Diane live in Surrey with their three children.
Diane Fox

Christyan and Diane Fox are a successful husband-and-wife author/illustrator team. Together they have created many books for children, including the popular Piggy Wiggy series. Christyan and Diane live in Surrey with their three children.
Emilia Fox

Emilia Fox appeared in the BBC's PRIDE AND PRJUDICE whilst still at university, and has gone on to star in REBECCA, DAVID COPPERFIELD, BBC's 2009 MERLIN series and in 2012 starred as Lady Portia Alresford in UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS. She also reads regularly on Radio 4 and has taken over the role as Dr Nikki Alexander in the TV series SILENT WITNESS. Emilia has read numerous audiobooks including the MAGICAL CHILDREN series, THE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by Alan Bradley and SECRETS OF THE TIDES by Hannah Richell for Orion.
Lee Fox

Lee Fox grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray. She has been a production assistant for a commercial radio station, a Mormon, a cook in a childcare centre and a store manager on a remote Aboriginal community - not necessarily in that order. A mother of five children, Lee's writing career began in 2005 with several articles published in THE AGE. Lee lives by the ocean and reads daily to her beloved grandchildren.
Debbie Foy

Debbie Foy is an experienced writer of non-fiction books for children. She specialises in fashion, food and biography writing.
Vivian French

Vivian is a writer of both books and plays; she has written more than 250 children's books, including the very successful Tiara Club series, and is consistently one of the top 30 most borrowed authors from UK libraries. She has had plays performed both in London and throughout Scotland; her audiences include young adults as well as children. She has won many awards for her books, and is regularly invited to festivals including Cheltenham and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. (2012 Guest selector for the children's programme.) Vivian teaches part time at Edinburgh College of Art, and is one of the two founding members of the PictureHooks programme supporting Scottish illustrators. She is married with four grown up daughters and three grandchildren, and lives in Edinburgh. She'd like a cat, but lives up 66 steps and has no garden ... maybe one day. Her favourite book is an empty notebook.Since 1990, Vivian French has published more than 100 books for children of all ages. She has been a reviewer and has worked in the theatre - she is also well-known as a playwright. Among her most popular books are the Tiara Club titles for Hachette. Married with four grown-up daughters, she now lives in Edinburgh.Visit her website at www.vivianfrench.com.
Joe Friedman

Joe Friedman was born in Chicago to deaf parents. He has written stories since he was seven and sold his first play at 13. He currently lives in north London and divides his time between writing and working as a psychotherapist. Boobela and Worm is his first book for children. Visit his website at http://www.boobela.com
Charles Fuge

Charles Fuge's picture book debut won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including the bestselling Little Wombat stories. He lives in Dorset with his partner, Sarah, and their son Ollie.
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