Anne Cassidy has an established reputation in the world of young adult fiction. She has published several titles for Scholastic, including the East End Murders series for Point Crime as well as her stand alone novels, Talking to Strangers and the Hidden Child, which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal in 1998. The powerful Looking for JJ was shortlisted for many awards including the Whitbread, and won the Booktrust Teenage Book Award in 2004. Anne draws on her own interests and experiences for her novels, and writes about issues that are close to her heart. Anne also loves writing stories for younger readers. She lives in London.
Mark has been working as an illustrator since 2003.
Deborah Chancellor is a writer of fiction and non-fiction books for children. She has written nearly 100 books and worked with many leading publishers. Deborah is a prolific writer of children's non-fiction on a wide range of subjects. She is a versatile author who has written biographies for teenagers, adapted Bible stories for pre-school children, and written teenage fiction for older children with reading difficulties. Her books have been translated into many languages and sold all over the world. An Associate Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund, Deborah appears at Literary Festivals and runs writing workshops for young people.
Emma Chichester Clark
Emma Chichester Clark trained at the Chelsea College of Art and The Royal College of Art before becoming a full-time illustrator. She was awarded the Mother Goose Award in 1988 as the most promising newcomer to children's book illustration. She has since illustrated a number of picture books and collections for Orchard Books, Andersen Press, Pavilion and Methuen.For Orchard Emma illustrated The Orchard Book of Greek Myths in 1992 and in 1997 The Orchard Book of Greek Gods and Goddesses. Both books have been retold by award-winning writer Geraldine McCaughrean, who has retold a number of the Orchard Collections. Emma's lively illustrations perfectly match the magic of the stories which bring characters of Ancient Greece strikingly to life. Emma was also chosen to be one of eight artists to illustrate The Orchard Book of Opera Stories retold by Adèle Geras which was published last Autumn to much acclaim.In 1998 Emma has joined forces with major poet and playwright, Adrian Mitchell, to illustrate his retelling of Robin Hood in The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian published in June.Emma has also written and illustrated a number of her own books, including Tea with Aunt Augusta, Miss Bilberry's New House and Little Miss Muppet Counts to Ten. She also illustrated some collections written by Laura Cecil including A Thousand Yards of Sea (Methuen), and has recently illustrated Thumbelina (Pavilion) and Little Red Riding Hood (Macdonald Young Books). Emma lives in Fulham in South West London, and has featured in the Illustrators Hall of Fame in The Mail on Sunday with other illustrators including Quentin Blake, Michael Foreman, Shirley Hughes, Anthony Browne and Raymond Briggs.
Lauren Child MBE is a multi-award-winning author and current Children's Laureate, whose books are known and loved the world over. She is the creator of many much-loved characters, including Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean and Ruby Redfort. Since her first book was published in 1999, Lauren has sold over six million books in 19 languages worldwide. Her many awards include the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the Nestle Gold Book Award for That Pesky Rat and the Nestle Bronze Book Award for Beware of the Storybook Wolves. Lauren loves designing and making things and finds it exciting to see her drawings turned into objects. Other favourite things include the cinema, TV matinees, small Italian cars, handbags, cardigans, travelling and being picked up from the airport.
I've been an archaeologist, a teacher, and a library assistant (at Antwerp International School), but I'm now a full time children's writer with over forty published books, plus poems in many children's anthologies, and reading scheme stories. I enjoy visiting primary schools to run creative writing workshops and share my work - which includes the award-winning Gilbert the Great, Stuck in the Mud and Knight Time. I also ghost write several series for the Working Partners group, including the very successful OUP series Dinosaur Cove.I love to collect fossils and go for seaside walks near my home in SE England, and visit friends and family in Belgium and America. And I'm always up for an adventure- like sky diving, white water rafting and hunting anacondas in Venezuela.
Anna Claybourne has written over 150 children's books on all kinds of subjects, from sharks, black holes and splitting the atom to how to draw, Shakespeare's life, and Greek myths and legends. She knows a lot about conservation in the rain forests of Costa Rica as she once volunteered there for three months. She likes space, sewing and music, plays the trombone and loves going camping.
Ross was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1972.As he grew up he was fond of drawing and precariously swinging backwards on chairs.He graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1994 with a First in Illustration. In the same year he won the MacMillan Children's Book Prize.Ross spends his time writing and illustrating children's books, walking by Loch Lomond and precariously swinging backwards on chairs. Ross can also be found scaring small children at book festivals and schools. Ross has won many awards, and 'THE ELEPHANTOM' has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2007.
Sean Connolly is the author of more than 75 books for children and young adults, on global issues, citizenship, history and cultural affairs.
Trish is a multi award-winning author and writes books for children as a full time career. She has also written and presented numerous programmes at the BBC including Playdays, Tweenies and Eastenders. Trish lives in Bradford, Yorkshire.
Sarah Courtauld lives in London and writes and illustrates children's books. Her favourite writers for children are Tove Jansson, Andy Stanton, Roald Dahl, John Masefield, Cressida Cowell and Lemony Snicket, although her all time favourite children's book is The Princess Bride.
Steve Cox is an award-winning illustrator. He studied Graphic Design at Cornwall College of Art, graduating with a distinction, before moving to a successful career in toy packaging and children's TV character merchandising. Properties he worked on include Roland Rat and Count Duckula. He later returned to full-time illustration and has been involved in many different projects from simple board books to complex and detailed pop-ups. His first picture book, 'Pigs Might Fly', written by Jonathan Emmett, won the 'Books For Younger Children' category of the Red House Children's Book Award. He lives in Bath.
Sabrina Crewe is an editor of children's educational books. She has also written more than sixty books for children, including the six-book series Under the Microscope, published in 2010. She lives in Montana, USA where she is the associate editor of the Montana Quarterly.
Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. For some years he held a university post in Minnesota and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Seeing Stone won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, At The Crossing-Places won a Silver award at the SWPA Spoken Word Awards and Gatty's Tale was shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal.
Anna Cunningham is a writer, director and tv producer. She lives in Bath with her two children, 3 cats, 8 guinea pigs, 4 fish and a hamster. Her favourite books when she was a kid were Ballet Shoes and Comet in Moominland.