Jack D Clifford
Jack D. Clifford loves playing computer games. He just wishes he could one day win a game against his 9-year-old daughter. Jack lives, writes and plays games in London.
Elizabeth Dale always dreamed of being a writer but somehow got side-tracked into studying for a physics degree, followed by health service management. When her children were born she finally returned to her dream, writing thousands of short stories for magazines all over the world. Re-discovering a love of children's books while reading to her daughters, she decided to turn her hand to writing them - and has now published over twenty books for children, including picture books and junior fiction. Writing is her full-time job, but also her favourite activity. She also enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and being in the country. Her favourite children's books include Walk Two Moons, The Selfish Giant, Cosmic, and Someone Else's Life. She loves watching cosy sentimental films, such as You've Got Mail, Return to Me, and While You Were Sleeping, as well as classic old films starring Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Doris Day. Elizabeth is married, with three daughters, and lives in a village in West Sussex. Her daughters, Katie and Jenny, are also children's authors with Hachette.
Katie Dale had her first poem 'The Fate of The School Hamster' published in The Cadbury's Book of Children's Poetry, aged 8 and hasn't stopped writing since. On graduating, she went travelling through South-East Asia - only to discover whilst in a Vietnam internet cafe that she was a winner of the SCBWI 2008 Undiscovered Voices competition.
Clare De Marco
Clare lives in London with her husband, son and daughter. She is always sharing stories with young, and not so young, children.
Anna is an author and illustrator from sunny Scotland - she loves writing, drawing, Brussels sprouts, things in alphabetical order, and every single dog in the world. Her main skills lie in Scrabble, and swimming a long way underwater without breathing, but she also has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art.
Penny Dolan is a children's writer and storyteller living in North Yorkshire. She is a popular speaker with both infant and junior children, and has visited many School Book Weeks and literacy events across the UK, with her enjoyable 'Author Talks' and lively story-telling sessions. She has also spoken and performed in libraries, bookshops, museums, art galleries, historic sites and outdoor locations, and has appeared on the children's programme of several literature festivals. She has a wide interest in children's books and has been Chair of the Federation of Children's Book Groups. Penny has a wide experience of schools. She was a primary advisory teacher for English and Drama but has been a freelance language arts worker for several years. She has also taught on residential writing courses for children, tutored both storytelling and writing courses for adults, and spoken at conferences. Penny has a degree in Education, specialising in Language and Literacy and an Advanced Diploma in Educational Drama. As well as working on her writing, Penny enjoys drawing, painting, reading, chatting and daydreaming. Her favourite colour is yellow. Her favourite food is strawberries-and-cream, and she is probably the world's slowest swimmer. She has three untidy desks, two grown-up children and one rather bad cat.
Julia Donaldson, the 2011-2013 Children's Laureate, is the outrageously talented, prize-winning author of the world's most-loved picture books including The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard.The Gruffalo, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, is now a children's classic and publishing phenomenon; celebrating 15 years in 2014, selling over 3 million copies worldwide, was voted Great Britain's favourite bedtime story on BBC Radio 2 and was adapted and broadcast as an animation on BBC 1 on Christmas Day 2009. The Gruffalo's Child and Room on the Broom are now also films, with Room on the Broom shortlisted for an Academy Award in 2014. Julia Donaldson's most recent books with Axel Scheffler include Superworm (2012), Highway Rat (2011), Tabby McTat (2010), Stick Man (2009) and Tiddler (2008).
Malachy Doyle lives on a tiny island off the coast of County Donegal in Ireland, with his wife, cats, dogs, hens and ducks. Malachy has written over a hundred books, including Charlie is My Darling for Orchard, and My Dad's a Balloon and Bluebird and Coyote for Watts.
When Nicole Dryburgh was 11, she was diagnosed with a tumour on her spine and was treated by surgery and radiotherapy, successfully everyone thought. Then in December 2002, she became desperately ill. A brain haemorrhage left her blind, and unable to move and in January 2003, her mother was told that Nicole had only a few weeks to live. But Nicole defied all medical expectations and lived to see her 21st birthday. Sadly, in May 2010, Nicole suffered another brain haemorrhage and passed way the next day.In spite of all the physical difficulties Nicole lived with, including loss of hearing towards the end of her life, Nicole made the most of every moment and accomplished a string of achievements, including writing two books, The Way I See It and Talk to the Hand - Nicole's inspiring memoirs. Probably Nicole's most notable achievement was her determined resolve to raise funds for others. She was a passionate and dynamic fundraiser. Through Nicole's Fund, set up to fund a Teenage Cancer Trust unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey, she raised over ?74,000. Prior to this she raised ?43,000 to fund 'Nicole's Sweet', a paediatric neuro-rehabilitation suite at King's College Hospital. Nicole was so successful at this that she was recruited by the Teenage Cancer Trust as a regional fundraiser. Nicole had been short-listed and won numerous awards for her writing and her outstanding fund-raising including Britain's Most Inspiring Fundraiser, Round Table/BBC World Young Citizen, Young People's Choice for the Young Mind Book Award, the Sense Creative Writing Award, a Diana Award and an Anne Frank Award. She had been the subject of a BBC documentary; had meetings with royalty and government ministers; and had passed an English GCSE.Nicole was supported in her life and her fundraising by her mum Jackie, brother Lee and her much loved dogs Daizy and Molly.
Alan Durant writes fiction for all ages, from picture books and young fiction to teenage thrillers and poetry for adults. His titles include the award-winning Burger Boy, illustrated by Mei Matsuoka, and Kate Greenaway-nominated Always and Forever, illustrated by Debi Gliori.