Jostein Gaarder is the author of SOPHIE'S WORLD, a huge bestseller in over 40 countries. He was born in Oslo in 1952 and lives there now with his wife and two sons.
Ben Galbraith was born in a small town called Gisborne on the East Coast of New Zealand in 1980. After High School, Ben left beach life to go to Design School in Wellington majoring in Illustration. After graduation, he moved back to Gisborne where he lives with his mother and brother. Now he works at a Printing House as a Graphic Designer, whilst working freelance on his illustration career.Fishing Brothers Gruff is Ben's first picture book and he absolutely loved writing and illustrating his own story. He likes scanning textures into the computer to use in his artwork. At Design school, he got into trouble for scanning real, smelly dead fish!Other unusual facts include the fact that Ben is colour blind! All his drawings from when he was a child have purple skies and all self potraits have green freckles!Ben loves the ocean and as well as being a mad keen surfer he is also fascinated by fish!
Teresa Gallagher is a familiar voice to listeners of BBC Radio, having recorded numerous plays and audiobooks. On television, she has presented the BBC children's series Playdays. She has also read the Emily Windsnap and Meg Cabot titles for Orion Audiobooks.
Paul Gamble's illustrations have been featured in numerous children's publications. An impressive list of clients, including Marvel, Warner Bros., Disney, and the BBC, have endorsed the skills of this prolific doodler for over twenty years. Energized with childlike enthusiasm, Paul delights in sharing these skills in his ever-popular, fun-filled, step-by-step guides.
Nikki Gamble is a lecturer, writer and directs the Write Away education consultancy. She is editor of Write Away! www.writeaway.org.uk, a reader development and creative writing website for teachers. Nikki is an evaluator for the Literature Matters project, which aims to promote children's literature in initial teacher training courses. She has written extensively about children's literature and reading including teachers' materials for Booktrust, and she is co-author of EXPLORING CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (Paul Chapman) and GUIDED READING AT KS2 (University of London, Institute of Education). Nikki currently teaches the Advanced Diploma in Language, Literature and Literacy at the University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education and contributes to the CPD and PGCE programmes at the University of London, Institute of Education.
Anita Ganeri is an award-winning author of children's information books. She has been a writer for 20 years, after working in-house for Usborne Publishing and Walker Books. She specialises in the natural world, religion and mythology but is always looking for new challenges. Among her many titles are the best-selling 'Horrible Geography' series for Scholastic Children's Books which won the Blue Peter Book Award for the Best Book with Facts in 2009 and the Tivy Education Medal from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for an outstanding contribution to geographical education. Anita lives in northern England with her husband, children, dogs and cat. She enjoys reading, walking the Moors, playing tennis and dreaming of winning Wimbledon.
Scots girl Lindsey Gardiner studied for her degree in Textiles at Dundee University, and went on to complete an MA at Winchester School of Art. Her first book, 'Here come Poppy and Max' was written whilst still at college, and she has not looked back since. As Lindsey says, "the world of children's books is very exciting and I'm over the moon to be part of it." Lindsey's series of young picture books featuring Poppy and Max have proven very popular, selling over 82,000 copies worldwide to date. The loveable pair are set to return in 'Time for Bed Poppy and Max', to be published by Orchard Books in May 2002. Lindsey has illustrated 13 children's titles and has been the sole author of 5, but somehow still finds the time to lecture part time in textile design at Dundee University.
Sally Gardner is an award-winning novelist from London. Her books have been translated into 22 languages and have sold more than one million copies in the UK. Her historical novel for older readers, I, Coriander, won the Smarties Children's Book Prize in 2005. Two thrillers both set at the time of the French Revolution, The Red Necklace and The Silver Blade, which was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 2009, followed. Actor Dominic West (The Wire) has bought the film rights to both titles. Her YA novel, The Double Shadow, was published in 2011 to critical acclaim. Sally Gardner's stories for middle readers include Lucy Willow and the popular Magical Children series of six titles: The Strongest Girl in the World, The Invisible Boy, The Boy with Magic Numbers, The Smallest Girl in the World, The Boy with the Lightning Feet, and The Boy who could Fly, which are also available as audio books. She has also written and illustrated picture books including The Fairy Catalogue, The Glass Heart, The Book of Princesses and Playtime Rhymes. Sally Gardner continues to be an avid spokesperson for dyslexia, working to change the way it is perceived by society. She is dyslexic and argues that it is not a disability, but a gift.Her website is www.sallygardner.net and you can follow her on Twitter @TheSallyGardner
Graham Gardner is the second of ten children. He has worked as a bookseller, waiter, civil servant and is now an academic researcher in the Institute of Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, specialising in monitoring and analysing long term trends in the UK countryside. He is also a keen musician, playing rock and classical piano. His first novel, INVENTING ELLIOT, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award.
Felicity Gardner is a Sydney-based illustrator whose work has appeared in magazines, advertisements and exhibitions. She is the illustrator of WHERE'S MY POTTY, SNOWY AND SNUFFLES and MY GRUMPY DAY.
Sally Garland was raised in the Highlands of Scotland and now lives in Glasgow with her partner and son. Her colourful, quirky and whimsical illustrations are perfect for children's books, and the observation of childhood and the imaginative world that children inhabit is a continual source of inspiration to her.
Susan was born in Grimsby and was mad on Science Fiction and American Literature as a youngster. Her mother was a tailor and her father a professional guitar player. It is from her father that Susan acquired her love of live music! After studying English and American Literature at Warwick University, Susan had a variety of unusual jobs, including working on a mushroom farm, before teaching in England and Africa for ten years. She finally found herself writing children's books and has an impressive list of publications to her name.Susan is an award-winning author, having won the Sheffield Book Award for Beware the Killer Coat (Walker Books) of which Michael Rosen praised, "A funny book, hilarious!". Humanzee (Oxford University Press) was commended for the Carnegie Medal and short-listed for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. Raider was highly commended for the Carnegie Medal.Susan lives in County Durham and is married with three children. When she is not at a live music gig, or walking along the Northumberland coastal paths, she can be found enjoying a glass of wine in her garden!
David was born in Bristol and grew up with his two younger brothers between the Cotswolds, Wensleydale and Lincolnshire thanks to the transient life of having a Methodist minister for a dad. Aside from having a huge number of hobbies including: caving, camping, climbing, archery, shooting and music, David also wrote avidly. Although he had his first book published aged 18, it's taken many more years and life experiences to lead to writing full time, including seeing two ghosts, being mistaken for a homeless person, working on a salmon farm and almost drowning. David now lives in rural Somerset, with his wife and two boys, and still can't believe how his life has worked out.
Award-winning author Adèle Geras spent much of her childhood moving from place to place. To date Adèle has written over 100 books for children, including the bestselling 'The Ballet Class' for Orchard and the highly acclaimed 'Troy' (Scholastic) which was shortlisted for The Whitbread Prize. A great deal of her poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies. She lives just outside Cambridge with her husband.
Spike Gerrell is a prolific cartoonist known for his 'spiky-nosed' illustrations. His work has been published in the New Scientist, Independent, Times Educational Supplement and Guardian. Spike lives in north London.
Sarah Gibb studied at Central St Martin's College of Art and the University of Brighton. Her illustrations have appeared in publications all over the world, including Vogue, Elle and Time Magazine. Sarah has illustrated many books for children, including the highly acclaimed The Princess Who Had No Kingdom, written by Ursula Jones. She lives in London with her husband and two young children.Sarah Gibb trained at St Martin's and then at Brighton College of Art. She is currently working on jackets for all the 'Adrian Mole' books and her distinctive work can currently be seen on posters for the 'Nanny Diaries'. She is much in demand for her designs for book jackets and has published some very successful fairy books for children as well as illustrating fiction.
Alan Gibbons is a full-time writer and a visiting speaker and lecturer at schools, colleges and literary events nationwide, including the major book festivals: Edinburgh, Northern Children's Book Festival, Swansea, Cheltenham, Sheffield and Salford. Alan is a key supporter of a high-profile, nationwide campaign to champion libraries and librarianship and to reevaluate government commitment to educational spending. He lives in Liverpool with his wife and four children. Alan is an honorary CILIP member.Visit Alan's website at www.alangibbons.com, read his blog at alangibbons.net, follow him on Twitter @mygibbo, Facebook www.facebook.com/alan.gibbons.35 and Flickr www.flickr.com/people/71279646@N08.
Stuart Gibbs is the screenwriter of several films including See Spot Run, Repli-Kate and Showdown, and has developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney, ABC, and Fox. He has worked on many animated movies such as Anastasia, the Open Season series and Mickey, Donald & Goofy, The Three Musketeers. He is also the author of Belly Up and The Last Musketeer trilogy. (Yes, there's a 'Musketeers' theme here.) Before all that, Stuart studied capybaras (the world's largest rodents) and worked at the Philedelphia Zoo. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, Dashiell and Violet. Visit him at Stuartgibbs.com.
Clive Gifford is the author of more than 150 children's books including Eye Benders, winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, Royal Society-nominated Out of This World and Cool Technology which won the School Library Association Information Book Award. His book, The Colours of History, won the Blue Peter Book Awards' Best Book With Facts. He has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk
Lucinda Gifford's background encompasses architecture, design and advertising - but picture books have been her life-long passion. Lucinda discovered the usefulness of drawing skills in year 4, when her on-demand horse sketches ensured continuing popularity with the girls in her class. She now enjoys drawing creatures of all sorts - including cheeky humans and nervous little fish.