Rae Earl (author)Rae Earl was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire in 1971. After some adequate schooling she went to Hull University & won the Phillip Larkin prize for a frankly magnificent dissertation. She then did every job in a radio station except 'accountant'. Her books My Mad Fat Diary and My Madder Fatter Diary have been made into a TV show that is shown in more than 50 countries worldwide. My Mad Fat Diary has been nominated for a host of awards, includng two BAFTAS.Rae lives in Hobart, Australia where she is currently writing, amongst other things, a TV drama about a female soccer team.
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 worked for many years as a museum designer but was always 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 writing or 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.
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.
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.
Michele Elliott is the founder of the charity Kidscape and has been awarded an OBE for services to children. She is a child psychologist and teacher with 40 years' experience and has worked with charities including Childline and the NSPCC.
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.