Shaun Tan was born in 1974 and grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as the 'good drawer' which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from the University of WA in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits , The Red Tree, The Lost Thing and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout Europe, Asia and South America, and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the films Horton Hears a Who and Pixar's WALL-E. He is currently directing a short film with Passion Pictures Australia; his most recently published book is Tales from Outer Suburbia.Shaun is the winner of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren prize, the world's richest children's literature award. The awad described Shaun as 'a masterly visually storyteller'.The Lost Thing animation recently won an Oscar for the best animated short film.
Sean Taylor is an award-winning author of books for young readers of many different ages. His picture books include 'Tickling Tigers' and 'When a Monster is Born' (which has been translated into 8 different languages). As well as writing, Sean has many years' experience visiting schools, where he works with poetry and storytelling to encourage young people to write themselves. He lives partly in England (where he was born) and partly in Brazil (where his wife is from).
Born in Norfolk but raised in Wales, Thomas doodled his way through childhood until they let him into Norwich School of Art and Design. He then studied illustration at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His first commissioned work was the cover illustration for a then unknown book called Harry potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling. Since then Thomas has written and Illustrated many children's picture books, and even written a few for others to illustrate. He lives in Normandy, France, where he shamelessly steals story ideas from his two little boys, Max and Benjy.
Dereen Taylor has worked in children's publishing for many years. She has edited and written many non-fiction and pre-school books for children. She lives in Brighton with her husband and two young sons.
Britta Teckentrup is an illustrator, fine artist and writer. She was born in Hamburg, Germany, and went on to study at St. Martin's College and the Royal College of Art in London. Britta has created over 40 books, translated in 20 languages worldwide, and her artwork has been shown at exhibitions all over the world. She lives and works in Berlin with her artist husband and their young son.
Dee Texidor is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who works in a popular collage artwork style. Her previous book, A SIMPLY SPECTACULAR HAT written by Libby Gleeson, was for the NSW Cancer Council.
Pat Thomas is a trained psychotherapist, trainee Naturopath, journalist and mother. After working as a journalist and broadcaster in the USA, she now works in the field of women's health and child development and writes for publications such as The Guardian Company Magazine and Practical Parenting as well as contributing editor to Natural Parent Magazine. Her book 'MY Bees: My Family's Changing' was the winner of The English 4-11 Awards.
Cassia was born and raised in London; with a pencil in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. She has always loved how illustrators are able to transport you into their own worlds, and so aspired to be able to do the same. Cassia drew (a lot) and grew (not very much) and finally did a Masters in Children's Book Illustration, at Anglia Ruskin School of Art. The course helped her realise her ambition to become a visual storyteller. Since then, she's twice been selected for the Cheltenham Illustration Awards, where her work has been exhibited alongside such artists as Shaun Tan. 'Lively Elizabeth,' by Mara Bergman, is her first book. She very much hopes it'll be the first of many!Cassia is currently excited by; Carrot cake, Spring, Polish poster design, Stephen Fry reading anything, and the sound of her dog doing a 'human yawn.'
Dylan Thomas was born in Swansea on 27 October 1914, the son of a senior English master. On leaving school he worked on the South Wales Evening Post before embarking on his literary career in London. Not only a poet, he wrote short stories, film scripts, features and radio plays, the most famous being Under Milk Wood. On 9 November 1953, shortly after his thirty-ninth birthday, he collapsed and died in New York city. He is buried in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, which had become his main home since 1949. In 1982 a memorial stone to commemorate him was unveiled in 'Poet's Corner' in Westminster Abbey.
Avril Thompson is a highly experienced music teacher with a particular interest in performance art.
After working as a screen-printer, graphic designer and stage manager for many years, UK-born Colin Thompson started writing and illustrating children's books in 1990. He moved to Australia in 1995. He has published more than 70 books, from picture books to novels, and is popular with children of all ages.His books have won many awards, notably his record with the Australian Book of the Year Award by the Children's Book Council of Australia: 1999, Staircase Cat (shortlisted); 2004, The Violin Man (finalist); 2006, The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley (Winner); 2008, Dust (finalist); and 2009, The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness (finalist). Thompson has also been awarded the Aurealis Award for Children's Long Fiction and a finalist in the Best Graphic Novel category. He was added to the International Board on Books for Young People honour list in 2002 for his illustrations in Falling Angels.
Sophie Thompson's first TV appearance was at the age of 16, and she has been busy ever since in a wide variety of projects, from DANCING AT LUGHANSA and GOSFORD PARK, through to THE YOUNG VISITERS and THE RAILWAY CHILDREN. She won an Olivier Best Actress award for INTO THE WOODS and is an accomplished and acclaimed audiobook reader for a wide range of authors from Jacqueline Wilson, to Julia Donaldson, and Nick Hornby to Jane Auston, as well as the P. L. Travers' classic, MARY POPPINS.
Emma Thomson is a fine artist with over twelve years' experience of illustrating products for all of the major high street chains and has close links with M&S for whom she has launched two extremely successful merchandise properties in the 1990s! Emma is now co-founder of White Lion Publishing which publishes her cards - in particular the Felicity Wishes range...
Ruth Thomson is an award-winning educational author (with an MA in Museum and Gallery learning) , who specialises in writing books on art and history. Her art books include Grisly & Gruesome, Saints and Looking at Paintings for the National Gallery, London, a short biography of Georgia O'Keeffe and several hands-on art packs for Tate galleries. She has also co-written Posters and Propaganda in Wartime, published in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum. Her history books include a series about Victorian childhood and books about Plains Indians and Aztecs. Ruth's interest in Terezín was sparked during research for an educational pack on Holocaust art for the London Gallery of Jewish Art. The gallery owns a powerful series of prints by Leo Haas, one of the artists featured in the book, and Ruth became intrigued to find out more about the place that had inspired them. As well as writing educational books, Ruth travels widely, collecting recycled artefacts, which she has shown in bespoke exhibitions at major British museums and galleries for the past 7 years. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys long-distance walking, stone carving and reading modern American literature.
JAN THORNHILL's science, nature, and animal-based books have received multiple honours, most recently the Vicky Metcalf award for her body of work. Jan lives in Ontario, Canada, where she spends her spare time looking for weird fungi in the woods with her dog, Ruby.
Paul Thurlby has been a full-time illustrator since 2006. He has worked in advertising, editorial and T-shirt design, as well as publishing. His first book, Alphabet, won the BolognaRagazzi Opera Prima award in 2013. His inspiration comes from mid-century design and illustration. His style is retro-modern, with retro aesthetics and modern subject matter.
Jessica Courtney Tickle
Jessica Courtney-Tickle graduated from Kingston University in July 2014 where she studied illustration and animation and found a specialism in children's picture books. She loves working with colour, texture and lots and lots of characters. Jessica lives in Cambridgeshire. She was longlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2017 (The Story Orchestra, Four Seasons in One Day), and shortlisted for the 2014 Prize for Illustration with the AOI and the London Transport Museum.
Lauren Tobia studied Illustration at the University of the West of England. Whilst there she was Highly Commended for the Macmillan Children's Book Prize. Lauren's first book was A Heart for Ruby by Franzeska G Ewart, quickly followed by the successful Anna Hibiscus series by Atunuke (Walker). Before becoming an illustrator, Lauren was an intensive care nurse. She lives with her husband in Bristol with two unruly rescue Jack Russells. She has two grown-up daughters, an allotment and a serious home baking habit. She is also a regular blogger and tweeter.
Born on the stroke of midnight in a little house in the ancient Roman town of Caesaromagus (Chelmsford), John grew up with a love of stories, the power of words and the magic of plays on the stage. John trained as a secondary school teacher and was first published in 1983. Oodles of years later, he became a full-time writer. He's well known for writing to encourage readers into books and has been named a 'Reading Champion' by the National Literacy Trust. He lives in Worcestershire, England.
Amy Tree lives in Cornwall with her artist husband. She spent many years working as an editor of children's books before she started writing books for the very young. CHARMSEEKERS is her first foray into young fiction.