S I Martin
S.I. Martin is a writer and historian. Founder of the series of narrative London walks entitled `500 Years of Black London`, he also works in education and the media, specialising in Black British history and literature. He is the author of an adult novel Incomparable World, and Britain`s Slave Trade for the Channel 4 series of the same name. He is much in demand with such as English Heritage, National Maritime Museum, Museum of London, Museum in Docklands, Imperial War Museum, Public Records Office and British Council Literature wing. S.I. Martin has been appointed as NYU in London Visiting Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Rose Impey, a former teacher, is highly regarded as a writer for children of all ages. She has written several novels and many bestselling series for Orchard, including Titchy Witch and Animal Crackers. Rose is also the creator of the bestselling Sleepover Club books, which became a major children's television series.
Debbie Inkpen lives in Colchester with her husband Mick Inkpen (the highly successful author and illustrator) . They have two grown-up children. This is Debbie's second picture book and she already has plans to develop her writing and illustrating career further.
Mick Inkpen has been a bestselling children's author for over 25 years. He is one of today's most popular picture book author/illustrators and the famous creator of both Kipper and Wibbly Pig. Mick has won the Children's Book Award for Threadbear and the British Book Award twice, for Penguin Small and Lullabyhullaballoo. Kipper won a BAFTA for Best Animated Film.
Chloë Inkpen grew up surrounded by picture books and has a natural gift for storytelling. A love of language and art saw her swap an English degree course at Nottingham University for a degree in Illustration at the Glasgow School of Art. In her final year Chloë was awarded second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration. Chloë's events in schools, libraries and festivals across the UK regularly receive glowing reviews.
Virginia Ironside is best known as one of Britain's leading agony aunts. She started on WOMAN magazine before moving to THE SUNDAY MIRROR and TODAY newspapers. She now writes a weekly column for THE INDEPENDENT. She also appears regularly on radio and television on such programmes as Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'. Her many books include self-help titles on subjects such as bereavement, as well as the children's spooky adventure series BURLAP HALL.