Kim O'donnell was born and bought up in Melborne, Australia. She moved to London in the 1990s and still has not made it back to her homeland, but she visits every year for a summer tour. She is a teacher and has two children.
Clare has taught food technology for more than 17 years in various London-based schools. She is currently Head of Food Technology at London Academy, where she teaches years 7 to 13. The Academy delivers GCSE Hospitality and Catering to years 10 and 11, A Level food technology and the Food Hygiene Certificate.
Actress, impressionist and singer, Kate has worked on a sketch show for BBC3, supplied all female voices/impressions for both 2DTV and HEDZ and in the West End she has played Cecily Cardew in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Mistress Dainty in LUST and Magenta in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. She is also lead singer in The Rocky Horror Band. She has also narrated The Charmseekers and Railway Rabbits audio series for Orion.
Molly Oldfield studied Modern History at Oxford before becoming a writer and researcher on the BBC television show QI. She has worked on a string of bestselling QI books, wrote a weekly QI column for the Daily Telegraph and researched the BBC4 radio show The Museum of Curiosity.
Kenneth Oppel wrote his first novel at the age of 15, and enterprisingly sent it to his favourite writer, Roald Dahl. Publication soon followed, and since then he has written more than twenty for which he has won many prizes in his native Canada. He now lives and works in Toronto with his wife and children.
Hiawyn Oram grew up in South Africa. After graduating in English and Drama from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, she worked as an advertising copywriter before becoming a full-time writer. She's written more than a 100 children's books starting with the old classic ANGRY ARTHUR Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura, now an ebook by MEBOOKS. Her work has been published in more than 30 languages including Russian and Chinese, Turkish, Slovak and Polish and won or been short-listed for several awards. She also writes poetry, script and lyrics for musicals and has developed and written for animated TV. Dreamworks in the US have optioned her series starring Rumblewick, an overworked cat to a reluctant witch, as the inspiration for an animated movie. THE VACKEES, a musical for which she wrote the words, is regularly performed across the country and LAST TRAIN TO TOMORROW, about the rescue of 10,000 Jewish children from the holocaust, was performed by the Halle Orchestra, junior choir and actors to standing ovation. Her favourite children's book ever is THE SECRET GARDEN by F.H. Burnett and her vote for best children's movie goes to Disney's JUNGLE BOOK, narrowly pipping KUNG FU PANDA to the post. Hiawyn lives in London where, when not writing, she can be found inventing games for grandchildren and getting messy covering canvasses in paint.
David Orme has written over 300 books, including children's fiction and non-fiction, graphic novels, poetry, and books for teachers. Many of his recent titles have been aimed at reluctant and struggling readers, with a low level text but with content suitable for older children. This had led to some surprising, if not unlikely titles, such as How to Be a Pop Star. Children only need one glance at David to suspect that he knows nothing at all about the subject - and they are right! His fiction has been translated into a number of languages.David's most recent book for teachers, Unlocking the Poet in Every Child, is his distillation of a lifetime working with children, first as a teacher then as a writing workshop leader in schools. His latest novel, The Bodysnatcher's Apprentice, is for adults and older teens.
Cheryl Orsini taught herself to draw as a little girl. She grew a little taller, studied Visual Communications at UTS in Sydney and finally, when she could grow no more, she started illustrating children's books, magazines and decorating a great many peg dolls! She has illustrated over 20 picture books including Caravan Fran (Lothian Books/Hachette Australia), The Tales of Mrs Mancini (ABC Books) The ABC Book of Cars, Trains, Boats and Planes (ABC Books), and Pom Pom, Where Are You? (Viking/Penguin). Her illustrations are also sought after by Australian magazines including Gardening Australia and The School Magazine. Cheryl lives in Sydney, with her husband and daughter. For more visit www.cherylorsini.com
Matt Ottley is one of Australia's most acclaimed children's author/illustrators and his works have been translated into several languages. He also works as a composer and musician. Matt's works include WHAT FAUST SAW, LUKE'S WAY OF LOOKING (CBCA Honour Book, 2000), REQUIEM FOR A BEAST (CBCA Picture Book of the Year and Queensland Premier's Award for YA Fiction 2008), HOME AND AWAY (CBCA Honour Book 2009) and PARACHUTE (CBCA Honour Book 2014).
Chris Oxlade, is an experienced writer of information books for children. He specializes in science and technology, and has written more than sixty titles, on subjects ranging from kites to virtual reality as well as books on various forms of transport.