Phil Earle was born in the great city of Hull in 1974, and spent the next eighteen years playing a lot of sport, messing around in plays and trying to sing in bands. He has had jobs as a care worker in a residential kids' home and a bookseller, and now works as sales and marketing director for David Fickling books. In 2016, Phil was appointed as Reading charity BookTrust's new writer-in-residence. He lives on a hill in Yorkshire with his wife and three children and his favourite place to write is on the bus. Visit Phil's website, www.philearle.com, or follow him on twitter @philearle.
Sarah is an experienced author and editor of children's books.
Nick East is the illustrator of the bestselling Toto the Ninja Cat as well as the Goodnight Digger and Knock Knock series. He has been working as a museum designer for the past 16 years but has always been a storyteller, whether as a child, filling sketchbooks with quirky characters, or as a designer displaying a collection of ancient artefacts. Nick lives near York with his wife and two children and, when he isn't drawing, he is out riding bikes and spending time with his family.Find Nick at nickeastillustration.com
Tom Easton is an experienced writer of fiction for children of all ages.
Ed Eaves graduated from Kingston University with a first class degree in illustration and since then has worked on a wide range of children's books. He is best known for the Albie series with Caryl Hart, including Supermarket Zoo, How to Grow a Dinosaur and Welcome to Alien School. He lives in Kent with his wife, the illustrator Rebecca Finn.
Harry Edge lives in the UK. He has a past career that he would prefer to keep secret. Therefore Hodder have agreed not to reveal his real identity.When not writing, he likes to read, watch movies, go to rock concerts, ride his bicycle and travel.
As well as writing books for children Gareth Edwards is a BAFTA-winning TV and radio comedy producer and writer with credits including That Mitchell and Webb Look and Bleak Expectations. He also writes the blog Some Kind Of Explanation which regularly guests in The Guardian online. He lives in London with his wife and four children and his picture books often start out as stories or games he has made up for them. His interests include jokes, animals, robots and cheese.
Jim Eldridge is the author of many books for children, including titles in the My Story series. the Warpath books, and How to Handle Grown-Ups. He has had 250 TV scripts broadcast in the UK and internationally for children's and teen television, and is also the creator and writer of Radio 4's long-running comedy-drama series, King Street Junior. Find out more at www.jimeldridge.com.
Kathy is an experienced writer of non-fiction books for children.
Rachel Elliot has been writing stories all her life, and her first book was published in 2004. Since then she has written lots of books for children. She works as a freelance writer and editor, and lives in Devon with her husband and two daughters.
Patricia Elliott has written nine novels for children and young adults. Her first novel with Hodder, The Ice Boy, won the Fidler Award for a First Novel and was shortlisted for the Branford-Boase among other awards. Her second, Murkmere, was long-listed for the Guardian Fiction Award and she has since been short-listed for many others, including the Calderdale and the Wirral Paperback of the Year. Her most recent YA is a Victorian Gothic, The Devil in the Corner. Her new MG series, the Connie Carew Mysteries, is set in the Edwardian period: The House of Eyes and The Ship of Spectres.Patricia was (and is!) a voracious reader and always scribbled stories during a childhood spent overseas. She worked in publishing in London and in bookselling in New York before taking an M.A. in Writing for Children. She has been a tutor at Morley College, London, and in between writing now leads workshops for both adults and children, including Chelsea Young Writers. She is an active member of CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators in South London). She is married, with two sons. www.patriciaelliott.co.uk
After performing as an actress and comedy improviser for many years, Jane fell into writing stories and plays. A Room Full of Chocolate was her first book for children and won Peters' Book of the Year and the Leeds Book Award as well as being longlisted for the Branford Boase and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. When she is not writing Jane spends her time running creative writing and comedy improvisation workshops for children with special educational needs. She is also a guest practitioner at Soho Theatre's Writer's Lab. Selected as a New Voice in the Guardian's guide to The Best New Children's Books 2014, Jane is described as 'A new author to watch.'
Jonathan Emmett was born in Leicestershire in 1965, the son of a rig fitter and a primary school teacher.Jonathan loved books from an early age and some of his earliest memories are of visiting his local library. The picture books that he borrowed then, including Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson have had a great influence on the picture books that he now writes.It was while Jonathan was at college, studying architecture, that he first started developing his own illustrated texts, illustrating poems and lyrics that he'd written. Pleased with the results, he found himself spending more and more time on writing and illustration. While working as an architect, he began pursuing a career in children's books in his spare time, eventually going full-time in 1995, a few months before his thirtieth birthday.As well as writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger, Pigs Might Fly and Ruby Flew Too, Jonathan also writes and paper-engineers pop-up books. His books have won several awards including the Red House Children's Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the Sheffield Children's Book Award for The Pig's Knickers.He now lives in Nottingham with his wife, Rachel, and children, Max and Laura.You can visit Jonathan's website at www.scribblestreet.co.uk
Karen Erasmus is an illustrator and artist who lives on the Mornington Peninsula south of Melbourne - a beautiful and inspiring part of the world. Her picture books with Lothian include THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS and FIVE LITTLE PLATYPUSES.
Victoria Eveleigh lives with her husband, Chris, on an Exmoor hill farm near Lynmouth, on the North Devon coast. Visit her website at www.victoriaeveleigh.co.uk
Diane Ewen is British illustrator, born in Walsall, in the West Midlands. She has always been in love with art and graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a B.A. Honours Degree in illustration. Diane likes to create illustrations that are hand-drawn in pencil before painting in watercolour and acrylics prior to embellishing them using Photoshop but she also enjoys working directly on the computer screen creating her designs. She likes the fact that illustrations are the first things that entice the reader to engage with a book and is inspired by the use of vibrant colour.