Joanna Nadin is a winner of the Fantastic Book Award, the Surrey Book Award, Blue Peter 'Book of the Month' and Radio 4 Open Book 'Book of the Year'. She has been shortlisted for the Booktrust Best Book Award and Queen of Teen, and Spies, Dad, Big Lauren and Me was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. In 2011, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Joe All Alone was nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal. She writes the Flying Fergus series with Sir Chris Hoy. Joanna previously worked as a policy writer for the Labour Party and a special adviser to the Prime Minister. She continues to freelance as a speechwriter and editor, and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
Anita Naik is a freelance writer and the author of 50 books, as well as being a mum of two. She is currently the agony aunt on Woman's Own magazine, and a contributor to a number of parenting sites, including the Huffington Post, writing about education, bullying, sex education and teenagers. She can be found tweeting @AnitaNaik or at www.anitanaik.co.uk.
Margaret Nash grew up in the industrial West Riding of Yorkshire, and, as a child, was always fascinated by a sense of place, whether in the mill or on the moors. She has worked as a children's librarian in London and the home counties, has two grown-up sons, and now lives in rural Bedfordshire with a lazy lovable cat.
Ruth Nason has been involved in Religious Education publishing since the early 1980s when the major World Religions became increasingly part of the school curriculum. She has edited and written many books on world religions, including for Batsford Educational (in the 1980s), Oxford University Press Educational Division, Wayland and Evans Brothers. She therefore has close contacts with RE advisers and with educational representatives of the world faiths in Britain. Her work in this area of publishing has led to a lively interest in 'interfaith relations'.
Sarah was born in Scotland and grew up in Norfolk. After attending Great Yarmouth College of Art and Design, Sarah moved to London with her boyfriend and her pet goldfish. Some years later, she found herself married to the boyfriend, still in possession of one of the original goldfish and the new owner of a cat and an accident-prone dog! And to complete the family there is Arthur, Sarah's young son. Sarah thinks her dyslexia spurred her on to become an illustrator. Believing herself to be no good at writing she compensated by concentrating on her drawing.Sarah's lively illustrations accompany award-winning Pat Moon's, Do Not Read Any Further, a Jacqueline Wilson style story of Finch and her friends and their school website, 'What's Your Problem?'. Set up to help kids share their problems, they get emails ranging from how to deal with the embarrassment of snorting pink milkshake all over the boy you fancy, to how to deal with bullying.Sarah now lives in Walthamstow with her husband and son and a variety of humorously named pets (Captain Scarlet, the goldfish!). Despite her fear of flying, Sarah has recently discovered a liking for travelling. This comes in handy when adding to her collection of snowstorms! When her feet are firmly on the ground back home she likes nothing better than taking the accident-prone dog for a long walk or just looking after her son and the rest of her pets.
Yas Necati is a London-based campaigner, writer, editor and full-time patriarchy-smasher. She co-founded the Campaign4Consent, has campaigned alongside the Daily Telegraph for better sex education in schools, and was part of the successful No More Page 3 campaign, too.
Maria is an illustrator based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She graduated from Academy of Fine Arts and Design and Tomas Bata University in Czech Republic. Her award winning illustrations can be found mostly in children's books and magazines, however she has also worked with advertising agencies and non-profit organisations. To recharge and find inspiration she enjoys long hikes in the mountains, trips to the countryside, running and evenings spent with her family and friends.
Sonya Newland is an experienced author of children's books.
Politics graduate and sports enthusiast James Nixon lives in Leominster, Herefordshire and is an experienced editor and author of children's non-fiction. He has written over 50 titles on a wide range of topics.
Laura North is a children's book author who lives and works in London. Her first children's book was a retelling of 'Theseus and the Minotaur', one of her favourite myths. She has since written a series of fairy tales with a twist, including 'Cinderella: The Terrible Truth', 'The Princess and the Frozen Peas' and 'Hansel and Gretel and the Green Witch', with pictures by some extremely talented illustrators.
Liss Norton lives in a small village in rural West Sussex. She has an enormous garden where she grows organic fruit and veg and lots of flowers, and where she and her husband wage war on slugs! When Liss moved to her house, the garden had been badly neglected and she and her husband are gradually reviving it. They've had tons of concrete removed and have planted a small orchard, created raised vegetable beds and grown hundreds - or possibly thousands - of plants from seed. Their next project is to create a pond.Liss is the author of thirty-one books for children of all ages, and she's just been commissioned to write her thirty-second. She used to write short stories for adults and won lots of prizes in writing competitions, including £1,000 which she spent on a family holiday in California. She regularly visits schools to talk about her work and to encourage budding young writers. (She used to be a primary school teacher, and loves meeting children.)Liss's favourite book is 'Marigold in Godmother's House' by Joyce Lankester Brisley, a magical story about a girl who goes to stay with her fairy godmother. It was first published years ago before Liss was born, but she discovered it at her local library when she was a girl and borrowed it over and over again. She was delighted when it was re-published a few years ago and bought a copy straightaway.Liss works in the sunroom of her house. It has windows all around which look out over her garden. She thinks being an author is the best job in the world because she has so many adventures while sitting at her desk!