S I Martin
S.I. Martin is a writer and historian. Founder of the series of narrative London walks entitled `500 Years of Black London`, he also works in education and the media, specialising in Black British history and literature. He is the author of an adult novel Incomparable World, and Britain`s Slave Trade for the Channel 4 series of the same name. He is much in demand with such as English Heritage, National Maritime Museum, Museum of London, Museum in Docklands, Imperial War Museum, Public Records Office and British Council Literature wing. S.I. Martin has been appointed as NYU in London Visiting Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Mark Illis has written extensively for TV - including EastEnders, The Bill and Emmerdale. He also wrote the award-winning screenplay for Before Dawn. He has had three adult novels published by Bloomsbury, and more recently two by Salt. The Impossible won a Northern Writers Award in 2015. He lives in West Yorkshire with his wife and two children.
Rose Impey, a former teacher, is highly regarded as a writer for children of all ages. She has written several novels and many bestselling series for Orchard, including Titchy Witch and Animal Crackers. Rose is also the creator of the bestselling Sleepover Club books, which became a major children's television series.
Debbie Inkpen lives in Colchester with her husband Mick Inkpen (the highly successful author and illustrator) . They have two grown-up children. This is Debbie's second picture book and she already has plans to develop her writing and illustrating career further.
Mick Inkpen is one of the top-selling picture book artists and writers in the world and is consistently in the top ten most borrowed authors in UK libraries. The Kipper and Wibbly Pig stories have millions of readers worldwide. He has won the British Book Award twice for Lullabyhullaballoo and Penguin Small and the Children's Book Award for Threadbear. He has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Award three times, winning Bronze for Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear. In addition to this, Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film.
Chloë Inkpen grew up surrounded by picture books and has a natural gift for storytelling. A love of language and art saw her swap an English course for a degree in illustration, graphics and photography at the Glasgow School of Art. She spent her final year specialising in children's book illustration and was awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration.
Virginia Ironside is best known as one of Britain's leading agony aunts. She started on WOMAN magazine before moving to THE SUNDAY MIRROR and TODAY newspapers. She now writes a weekly column for THE INDEPENDENT. She also appears regularly on radio and television on such programmes as Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'. Her many books include self-help titles on subjects such as bereavement, as well as the children's spooky adventure series BURLAP HALL.