Fiona MacDonald studied history at Cambridge University and at the University of East Anglia. She has taught in schools, adult education and universities, and is the author of numerous books for children on historical topics.
John Malam studied Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, after which he worked as an archaeologist at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire. He is now an author specialising in information books for children and is a National Literacy Trust Reading Champion. He lives in Cheshire with his wife, a teacher, and has two grown-up children.
Mick Manning (born in Yorkshire, England, 1959) and Brita Granström (born in Eskilstuna, Sweden, 1969) work together as a team sharing the illustration and text. They have been producing award-winning non-fiction picture books for almost twenty years. They show that the best non-fiction for children can be scholarly, albeit with a light touch, and can have some of the imagination-stretching qualities of fiction. They are well known for their exciting performances involving readings and live drawing using overhead camera projection (often involving participation from members of the audience) all mixed with an audio-visual presentation. They appear on a regular basis at major UK book festival venues such as Bath, Cheltenham and Edinburgh International Book Festival. They have appeared at The Royal Society Science Festival and have celebrated The Big Draw at various venues including The Imperial War Museum. They have worked closely to support libraries and schools, performing voluntarily to school classes in the UK and Sweden and have also attended the American Library Conference and visited US schools.Many of Manning & Granström's books are translated into a number of languages, including Chinese, German, Greek, Danish, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish and Slovakian. For the last 12 years Mick & Brita have created, written and illustrated a monthly 5-page gentle pre-school series called 'Max and Kate' for the critically acclaimed US children's magazine Ladybug.http://www.mickandbrita.com Selection of Franklin Watts books:The World Is Full of Babies! (Smarties Silver Award Winner); What's under the Bed? (TES Award Winner); Wash, Scrub, and Brush (English Association Award KS1 Winner); Stone Age, Bone Age and many other Wonderwise titles; How Did I Begin? (Rhone Poulenc Science prize winner); How Should I Behave?; Seaside Scientist; My Body Book; My Uncle's Dunkirk; Charlie's War Illustrated (English Association Award KS2 Winner); The Story of Britain; The Brontës - Children of the Moors.
Jane's love affair with sewing began in 2009 when she took a beginners dressmaking course. She soon founded crafting blog Handmade Jane in order to share her love and passion for sewing with others. Jane lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Katie Marshall is a cookery writer for both children and adults, with a diploma from Leith's School of Food and Wine. In addition to her writing, she also works as a food stylist and assists with all kinds of foodie projects.
Mae is an award-winning writer and comedian whose 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Award nominated show was turned in to a stand-up special for Netflix as part of Netflix's first global stand-up series Comedian's of the World. Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Sexuality was first broadcast on Radio 4 in 2016 and nominated for an Audio Drama Award in 2017. The follow-up show, Mae Martin's Guide to 21st Century Addiction, was broadcast on Radio 4 in 2017.
Claudia Martin has worked in book publishing for 17 years. She is the author of several books and websites for children and young people. Her favourite subjects are history, current affairs and technology.
Chris Martin is an author and experienced Website programmer. He runs programming courses for kids.
Chris is a writer and consultant on education. He specializes in issue-based work, citizenship education and service learning. He also lectures in education at the University of Northumbria.
Paul's books cover a wide range of subjects, from whether the Romans ate crisps to how to build the world's best skatepark, but he writes mostly about sport. Whether you are interested in swimming, cycling, snowboarding, surfing or another sport, Paul has probably written something that will inspire you to get out and give it a try. Paul writes in a shack by the beach, which he shares with his one-eyed surf dog, Daisy.
A distinguished, award-winning writer for both children and adults, Anthony Masters has been described by Junior Bookseller as 'a skilled novelist and a man of deep understanding - [he] writes beautifully, giving each word its value'.
Rupert Matthews, is an experienced writer and editor of children's books, and specializes in works on history.
Pete May is the author of many successful children's books. He is also a journalist. He has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Loaded, Midweek, Time Out and numerous other publications. Pete is an associate lecturer in sports journalism at the London College of Communication.Once an Essex Man, he now lives in London with his wife, two daughters, a dog named Vulcan and a large collection of West Ham programmes and Doctor Who dvds.
Margaret Mayo is an acclaimed storyteller and author who has been creating stories for children for over 35 years. She has written more than 50 books, including the bestselling Dig Dig Digging, Choo Choo Clickety-Clack! and Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! A former teacher, Margaret uses her wide-ranging experience with children in her writing. She lives in Brighton.
Margaret McAlpine is an experienced and specialist careers writer having left teaching in schools and further education colleges some 12 years ago to write careers information for the DfES, the Daily Mail and specialist publishers like Hobsons and Trotman.
After working as a designer for Usborne Publishing, I left in 2000 to concentrate on illustration. I now live in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy in Manchester with my teacher husband Steve and two daughters, Lara and Natasha.I've just started to dip my toes into writing children's stories, heavily influenced I'm sure by my favourite books as a child, The Faraway Tree trilogy by Enid Blyton, which my daughters now love too, and pretty much every Roald Dahl book written. I love illustration, and try and buy every beautiful book I come across to add to my collection. Illustrators like Nicoletta Ceccoli, Benjamin Lacombe, Charles Fuge and Shaun Tan are just utterly fabulous! Plus, I love the line work of Quentin Blake and Chris Riddell. I love music, and working alone, listening to it keeps me sane! I try and get out to live gigs when I can, also the cinema when I can beg, borrow or steal a babysitter for the evening!
Working together as a crack author-illustrator team, Knife and Packer have written and illustrated more than 30 books for children.
John McLay was born in Middlesborough, North Yorkshire. In 1986 he moved south to join the BBC where he worked as a dresser on several TV programmes including Eastenders, Top of the Pops and Wogan, as well as a having a Saturday job working as a runner on 'Going Live'. After acting as a runner for Lennie Henry at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday concert at Wembley in 1988, John became a bookseller for Waterstone's, and later a Marketing Officer at Puffin. He was on the Children's Book Circle committee for three years, and held the position of Editor & Rights Director at the children's books packager Working Partners Ltd. He has written and reviewed children's books for publications as varied and eminent as Amazon, the Financial Times, Publishing News and Books for Keeps. John has been self-employed since 2001.John lives in Bath with his wife Gillian, where he runs a children's book group and enjoys gardening, cricket and football. He is a life-long Doctor Who fan.
Rachael McLean is a children's illustrator living on the east coast of Australia, with one of the world's most beautiful beaches as her backyard. Inspired by bright colours and all things whimsical, she loves to draw with clean shapes and bold colours to create playful designs.Rachael's been storytelling through her drawings her whole life and her illustrations can be found all over the world on pretty products and in beautiful publications. Most days you'll find Rachael with her two rescue pups by her side and a nice cup of tea, making art and enjoying the best job in the world.
Sarah Medina has written numerous books on personal, health and social education. She believes that, by learning about issues that affect their lives, children can learn good life skills and make positive choices that help them to become strong, healthy adults.