Chris Fairclough is a professional photographer who has worked in children's publishing for many years.
Sir Mo Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983. As a young child he spent time in Djibouti before moving to England at the age of eight. Mo initially struggled with the language barrier, but his PE teacher at Feltham Community College, Alan Watkinson, quickly spotted his potential as a runner and encouraged him to join Borough of Hounslow Athletics Club. After attending St Mary's Endurance Performance and Coaching Centre in Twickenham, Mo became a professional athlete. At the 2012 London Olympic Games he won gold in the 10,000m - Britain's first gold in this event. He followed this up with a stunning victory in the 5000m to become, in the words of Dave Moorcroft, 'the greatest male distance runner that Britain has ever seen.' Mo was appointed CBE in the Honours List in 2013 and in December 2016 he was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Tania, and their three daughters Rhianna, Aisha and Amani.
Rudolf Farkas is passionate about fine art. He has been a painter for over 35 years and a freelancer illustrator since 2006. He has extensive experience in creating oil paintings and digital illustrations for children's books. Over the past 10 years, he has worked on numerous projects with various well-known publishers, such as Bloomsburry Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Harper Collins Publishers, Igloo Books Ltd., Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, Weldon Owen Publishing and Ravensburger Company. One of his strengths is realistic representation. His interests vary from historic topics to flora and fauna. As a professional artist, he always welcomes new challenges and he really enjoys coming up with creative ideas.
Charlie Farley grew up by the sea in North-East Scotland, where he spent his days reading, writing and day-dreaming. Charlie has always been inspired by nature, and much of his writing is influenced by the landscape and animals of Dorset, where he lives with his wife, four children and two dogs.
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As a member of a family who embraced art, she was very much encouraged to be anartist. She studied painting and sculpting at the faculty of art in the Lebanese university andgraduated in the year 2000. She has been illustrating ever since and has illustrated over 17books, most of which have been done for Kalimat publishers.
Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director. His first picture book Cats Ahoy! won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway award. He has since illustrated a string of bestselling, multi-award-winning children's books, including Oi Frog! and The Lion Inside, as well as young fiction series Rabbit and Bear.
Susannah trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama leaving with 1st Class Honours in 2007 and since then she has featured on stage, film and radio. .Her first role was in the National Theatre's production of THE ROSE TATTOO, playing along side Zoe Wanamaker. Director, Nick Hytner, was so impressed with her performance she was offered the part of Hero in his production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Simon Russell Beale and Zoe Wanamaker.
This was quickly followed by her first screen role in WALLANDER and numerous other successful TV and film parts.
A former teacher, Perdita Finn began writing instructional books about reading and writing before turning to fiction. She lives in the Catskill Mountains with her family.
Emma Fischel is an experienced writer, specialising in both fiction and non-fiction for children of primary school age. She has written several titles in this series. Emma lives in London with her three children.
Catherine Fisher is an award-winning fantasy writer and author of the New York Times bestseller Incarceron. The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award 2003, The Conjuror's Game for the Smarties Award, The Snow-Walker's Son for the WH Smith Mind Boggling Award, The Candle Man won the Tir-Na-n'Og Award, and Corbenic was shortlisted. Author of many books for children and two volumes of award-winning poetry, she is particularly well-known in Wales and has been named as the first Welsh Young People's Laureate.
Ruth Fitzgerald grew up in South Wales but has lived most of her life in Suffolk. She wrote her first story at the age of six and immediately announced she wanted to be a writer. Her teacher immediately told her that being a writer was a hobby and she needed to get a proper job. Ruth tried twenty-three proper jobs before deciding her teacher was wrong. She lives near Ipswich with her family, a tiny dog and five chickens.Find out more about Ruth and her Emily Sparkes series at www.ruthfitzgerald.com
Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
Born in Dublin (where she still lives) in 1962, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. She frequently gives talks, workshops and conducts residencies for all age groups throughout Ireland. In addition, she has worked at the Irish College in Paris and was writer-in-residence at Hollins University, Virginia USA. Apart from travelling, her interests include photography, history ... and chocolate. Her books have been published throughout the world in various co-editions.
Lizann was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She's the author of over 12 nonfiction books and numerous short stories and poems. Her picture book "Let's Go! The Story of Getting from There to Here" was named the 2009 TD Grade One Giveaway title, which means the book was given to every grade one child in Canada-nearly 500,000 kids. Her work has appeared in Ladybug, Babybug, and Highlights for Children magazines. Lizann is a former editor of Canadian children's magazine Chickadee. She has an Honours English degree. When she's not writing, Lizann gardens, bakes, works as a part-time library circulation clerk, and photographs the flora and fauna in her backyard. (She's almost embarrassed to say it but, as the exception that proves the rule, she actually does have beavers in her backyard.)
Having studied English Literature at university , Charlie began his career in the film business carrying cans of film round Soho and making very bad cups of tea on the principal that he'd then be asked to do something a bit more interesting, a strategy that he recommends to anyone starting out as a tea-boy. He progressed to the BBC where he worked in film editing on everything from Drama to Current Affairs. He then went to California where he morphed into a screenwriter, having been awarded a Warner Brothers Fellowship in Screenwriting at USC School of Cinema and TV. He's written screenplays for Tri-Star, MGM, Paramount and Warner Bros among others. He continues to write for the movies, and also television. He still thinks that being a film editor is a pretty damn fine way to learn about story-telling in general, and narrative structure and pacing in particular. Charlie also moved into other types of writing including magazine features, a computer game and as both a national Sunday newspaper columnist and restaurant reviewer. Finally he found the way to combine all those writing strands and produced some rattling-good children's books! The Stoneheart trilogy has been a massive international hit and Charlie has recently sold the movie rights of Stoneheart to Paramount. He has also been asked to write the screenplay himself, which just shows you should never make plans, since he actually wrote the books to get away from Hollywood for a bit... In his personal life, Charlie met and married his wife, a fellow Scot, in LA. They have two children, whom Charlie calls his first, most important, and toughest audience. They've all now returned from California and live in Edinburgh with a terrier called Archie.
After the Anna Scher Theatre School and some professional stage roles, Dexter Fletcher landed the part of Babyface in the film of BUGSY MALONE, aged ten. He has starred in PRESS GANG, LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS, and appeared in Mike Leigh's TOPSY TURVY and Stephen Spielberg's BAND OF BROTHERS. Most recently on television he appeared as the Earl of Leicester in THE VIRGIN QUEEN, and as Tony the concierge in comedy drama HOTEL BABYLON. He has performed in many radio dramas for BBC Radios 3 and 4.
David Flint is Head of Primary Teacher Training at University College, Worcester, UK. He has written many educational books for children, including Continents: Europe (Hodder Wayland).
Mandy Foot is a self-proclaimed animal nut and horse lover and works in a studio in the Adelaide Hills. Mandy's picture books for Lothian include the very popular Captain Kangaroo series and the bestsellers THE WHEELS ON THE BUS and OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM. For free music and other fun downloads visit www.mandyfoot.com.au or follow her on twitter.com/mandy_foot
Martin Ford is editor of Carpworld, the UK's leading carp fishing magazine, and has written for magazines around the world on all aspects of fishing. He has more than 40 years of angling experience.
Michael Foreman spent his childhood in the seaside village of Pakefield, near Lowestoft in Suffolk. He studied at Art School, gaining an MA from the Royal College of Art, before going on to become a full time author and illustrator. His work was soon hailed as a landmark in picture book publishing - and he has won an array of prizes which testify as much, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice), Smarties Book Prize, The Kurt Maschler Award, the Children's Book Award, the Bologna Book Prize and the Francis William's Illustration Award (twice).Michael feels that good illustration must offer something much more than decoration, the pictures should extend the text to produce a narrative of their own. Most of Michael's work is in colour, and can be typified by blues and turquoises. He loves the sea, and it plays a strong part in much of his work.Michael has written a number of books on subjects close to his heart including War Boy (Pavilion), After The War Was Over (Pavilion) and War Game which are about conflictand war. He said of War Game that he hadn't necessarily set out to write a children's book, and picture books can be for adults too.Cornwall is also a great influence on Michael Foreman and he spends as much time there as possible. Cornwall's legends and landscape feature in many of Michael's books including The Merrymaid of Zennor, which was written by Charles Causley.Michael lives in London, and St. Ives Cornwall. He is married and has three sons.