Mwenye Hadithi was born in Nairobi in a rambling brick and wood house surrounded by ten acres. His early life was full of animals. He attended London University, studying languages and foreign literature. When his first attempts at short stories and radio plays were sold immediately, he decided to be the next great African Writer.
Ann Halam is the penname of Gwyneth Jones, who also writes science fiction and fantasy for adults. She was born and raised in Manchester, and after graduating from Sussex University spent some years travelling throughout South East Asia. She now lives in Brighton with her husband and son, but spends as much time as she can heading off on adventurous travels.
Laura's lifelong passion for children's books began even before she graduated from Norwich School of Art in 2000 with a 1st class honours in Visual Studies. Her major project book was published following graduation and went on to win a prestigious V&A Illustration Award in 2002. Laura was also longlisted for the Booktrust Big Picture Best New Illustrator award 2008. Laura has continuously worked for a variety of children's publishers in London as Designer and Art Director whilst also writing and illustrating over 20 published works. Laura is head over heels in love with children's books and shares her enthusiasm with her son, and with lots of other children by running workshops for in schools and activity centres such as The Roald Dahl Centre.
Roger Hargreaves was an advertising copywriter when his son asked him what a tickle looked like. Thus the Mr Men series was born, followed by the Little Miss series. Now there are over 85 characters and a staggering 100 million copies have been sold in no fewer than 30 countries.
Caryl Hart is the author of many bestselling books for children, including the hugely successful How to Grow A Dinosaur and The Princess and the Peas. She is the winner of the Stockport Children's Book Award, the Sheffield Children's Book Award and the Lancashire Share a Story Award. Caryl lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy.Follow Caryl at carylhart.com and @carylhart1
Damian Harvey lives in North Wales with his lovely wife, Vicky. He has three wonderful daughters, one brilliant boy and a cat called Polly. He has written more than 60 books for children and is busy writing more. Although Damian loves sitting at home writing stories, he also loves visiting schools and libraries where he shares stories, talks about writing and generally gets people excited about books and reading. You can find out more about Damian by visiting www.damianharvey.co.uk.
Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author and poet of more than fifty books for children, young adults, and adult readers. Translated into several languages and adapted for both stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, the United States, Great Britain and Holland. In 2014 she won The Alice Award, a national award given to 'a woman who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature.' Her first young adult novel THUNDERWITH has enjoyed over twenty-five years in continuous print and was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Two of Libby's picture books, GRANDMA'S SHOES and SKY SASH SO BLUE, have been performed as operas, with a third on the way. Libby is a keen educator who has lectured part-time at Sydney University and is devoted to being an ambassador for poetry anywhere and everywhere. In 2012 she was a National Ambassador for Reading and travelled to many country towns to talk about Australian literature. For more information, free writing tips and teaching resources, go to www.libbyhathorn.com
Tim Healey is a freelance writer and broadcaster, and author of over 40 children's titles. Following a brief spell working in publishing in London he has lived for more than 30 years in Oxford where he brought up his family. He is a frequent broadcaster on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, often contributing to the late John Peel's Home Truths.
Mairie Hedderwick was born in Gourrock. She left the mainland for the Isle of Coll where she and her crofting husband brought up their young family. She has never quite left the island - and still returns to paint, and to ponder the island life which has enriched her craft for so long.
Sue Hendra is the author and illustrator of the hugely popular and hilarious Barry the Fish with Fingers and Dave. The Wanda the Alien TV series has been a huge success and is screening on Channel 5. Immediately after completing her art degree at Brighton University, Sue got a job with Bloomsbury. She also worked for Walker Books, Oxford University Press and Macmillan where she honed her skills as an illustrator and writer of picture books. Sue has been creating award-winning and bestselling picture books for over fifteen years and has worked on over seventy books.
Diana Hendry lives in Edinburgh, and is well-connected on the literary scene. Her picture book, The Very Noisy Night, was adapted into a show by Blunderbus Theatre Company. She has given readings, poetry readings, workshops and talks to children and adults at numerous festivals throughout the UK including Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Dead Good Poets, Liverpool and Wigtown Book Festival and she has visited schools all around the country from Devon to the Shetlands. She relates to children and teenagers (and adults) with just the right mix of seriousness and fun and they appreciate her dry, mischievous sense of humour.
Judith Heneghan writes fiction and non-fiction for children. She runs the MA Writing for Children at the University of Winchester. Judith has four teenage children, a labrador, a snake and a gecko.
Lenny Henry has risen from being a cult star on children's television to being one of Britain's best known and loved personalities.
Leigh is an award-winning animator and worked as art director on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, Charlie and Lola. She is also an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, who is absolutely passionate about writing, making things up and daydreaming. Among her many brilliant picture books is Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate, written by Caryl Hart, which won Highly Commended in the 2010 Sheffield Children's Book Award, Picture Book Category. Leigh lives and works in Lewes, near Brighton and is married with a young family.
Born: Cambridge, MA USA, Jan 23, 1948Childhood spent in Chicago, IL with 3 sisters (and actress mother, architect father)Jobs: magazine editor, nursery school teacher, freelance journalist, writerLives: North London, England and Water Mill, NY USAFirst Book: Angelina Ballerina published 1983Katharine grew up in an artistic household in Chicago, the 2nd of 4 daughters. As a child she lived in an imaginary world of fairy tales, princesses and ballerinas, and loved to put on plays and dances with her sisters. Katharine received a BA in Literature from Bennington College in Vermont in 1969, and after graduation worked as a literary editor, then moved to Italy where she was a freelance journalist for 2 years.In 1973 Katharine married and moved with her husband to London, where she became a nursery school teacher until the birth of their first daughter in 1976. Another daughter was born in 1979 and a son in 1983.Katharine was already the mother of young children when she created Angelina Ballerina in 1982. "I wanted to write for all the children who love dance and drama, and my daughters were a great inspiration."There are now over 20 books in print about the adventures of ballet mad Angelina, translated into over 15 languages. Angelina has danced in an animated TV series for several years, and has pirouetted into the limelight with the English National Ballet in two children's ballets based on the series. A new musical, "Angelina the Mousical", is touring the UK in 2012 and will head to the Peacock Theatre in London in 2013. The Angelina books have won a collection of awards, including: the Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Angelina Ballerina in 1985; ALA Notable Book Awards in 1986 and 1987, a British Book Design and Production award in 1990. Angelina's Christmas was selected as the Child Study Association's Children's Book of the Year in 1987. "Angelina Ballerina's Invitation to the Ballet" won the Oppenheim Platinum Award in 2005.
Douglas Holgate is a Melbourne-based illustrator whose work has appeared in comics, junior fiction (the ZACK PROTON series and the SUPER CHICKEN NUGGET BOY series) and children's nonfiction. ZOO SLEEPOVER is his first picture book.
Sarah grew up in Derbyshire, mainly under a snow drift. She spent much of her childhood scampering in the nearby fields with a few goats. Then she decided to be sensible and studied Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts, graduating in 2001. She has illustrated for many different projects including an ad campaign for Kew Gardens entitled 'Plantastic Play'. She has also undertaken commission from The Guardian and The Independent newspapers. Sarah now specialises in funny, inky illustration and words for children's fiction and picture books. Sarah likes to paint on very big canvas. She loves funny detail, colour, music, dreams and big open spaces. Sarah now works from a studio on a hill in Forest Hill, London.
Illustrator of Jill Tomlinson's 'The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark,' Paul Howard's illustrations have won acclaim from both the publishing industry and children worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including The Best Book to Read Aloud Blue Peter Award for 'The Bravest Ever Bear' (with Allan Ahlberg) and The Primary English Award for 'A Year in the City' (with Kathy Henderson). Born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, on April Fool's day, Paul always enjoyed drawing and reading. His favourite books included 'Arabel's Raven' by Joan Aitkin and 'The Phantom Tollbooth' by Norton Juster.After graduating with a Graphic Design Degree, Paul worked at the Natural History Museum before becoming an illustrator. He has since worked with authors such as Michael Rosen, Jeanne Willis, Trish Cooke, Cornelia Funke, and Geraldine McCaughrean.Paul now lives in Belfast with his wife and three children and has recently had his authorial debut published, 'Bugville.'
Suzie is passionate about teaching children photography, and is the founder of Shutterbug Kids, which runs workshops for kids. With 20 years' experience as an award-winning international photojournalist, Suzie has worked for Press Association, Reuters and The Times. She has three children.
Jack Hughes has been a professional illustrator for over 20 years, working on various projects all over the world, from theatre posters to magazine illustration and children's comics. In recent years, having a young family has been a real inspirational for Jack. This has lead to him specialising in children's book illustration. He has created many characters and stories that have been greatly inspired by his young children.