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Our Authors
Ali Pye

Ali Pye grew up in Herefordshire and has wanted to illustrate books for as long as she can remember. She studied Fashion Communication at Central St Martins and Illustration at Kingston University, graduating from her MA course in 2010. She has illustrated several books for children, including Where is Fred? and Dinosaurs Do Too! Ali lives in Twickenham with her husband and two young sons.
Kate Purdie

Kate Purdie has written many non-fiction titles for children.
Georgia Pritchett

Georgia Pritchett is a comedy writer who has written for a number of TV comedies and comedians including The Thick Of It, Veep, Miranda, Have I Got News For You, Smack the Pony, Graham Norton, Jo Brand, Paul Merton, Lenny Henry, Ronnie Corbett, Wallace and Gromit and several other real, fictional and occasionally plasticine people. Wilf the Mighty Worrier is Georgia's first work for children. She lives in London with her partner and two children.
Frann Preston-Gannon

Frann Preston-Gannon is an award-winning illustrator and author based in south London. Her books include The Journey Home, Dave's Cave and I Am the Seed that Grew the Tree, which was named Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year 2018. She has previously been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. She was the first UK recipient of The Sendak Fellowship in 2011, where she was invited to a residency with the master of children's books, Maurice Sendak.
Smriti Prasadam-Halls

Smriti Prasadam-Halls is the author of over 25 books for children. Her I Love You Night and Day was read on CBeebies Bedtime Hour and her Black and White Sparklers series has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide. She lives in Richmond with her husband and three sons.
Jillian Powell

Jillian Powell has an MA in English from Cambridge University and an M.Phil in Art History from the Courtauld Institute, London. She is an experienced writer of children's fiction and non-fiction, and has written on many social issues.
Claire Powell

Claire is an illustrator, writer and designer who lives and works in London. She has spent several years as a design director in the world of channel rebranding working for clients such as Nickelodeon, BBC Three, CBBC and BBC One. Claire has a tendency towards humour and bright, bold use of colour and she loves creating strong typographical layouts to help tell a story.
Jane Porter

Jane Porter spent her childhood making books, magazines and other inventions - but it was only after a career writing about garden and landscape design that she decided to do an MA in Illustration at Kingston University, and started making books full time. Jane uses pen and ink, cut paper and digital collage to make images which reflect her love of animals and sense of humour. She also enjoys running a weekly art class for under 5s, and creating murals in schools and public spaces. When Jane's not working she is often to be found out on the river Thames in a coracle or skiff, looking out for passing bats, cormorants and wagtails.
Saviour Pirotta

Saviour Pirotta has written over 100 children's books, ranging from picture books to novels. He has been fascinated by traditional tales since he was a child, and before becoming a full-time writer he worked as a storyteller for the Commonwealth Institute in London. His titles include The Orchard Book of First Greek Myths and The Orchard Book of Grimm's Fairy Tales. He lives in Saltaire, West Yorkshire.
Jim Pipe

I've written over 170 titles on a wide range of topics, including Augmented Reality projects, puzzle books and pop-up books, though history is my real love. I also create highly interactive 3D book apps and especially enjoy creating horrible sound effects. Hobbies include watching Kung Fu movies, eating French food and diving off cliffs, though usually not at the same time.
Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon studied graphic design at Middlesex Polytechnic and Camberwell School of Art in London. She won the Smarties Book Prize Silver Award.
Hannah Phillips

Hannah has worked in publishing since leaving university in a variety of roles. She lives in Shropshire.
Rita Philips Mitchell

Rita Phillips Mitchell was born in Belize and came to England in the 1960s. A retired head teacher, she has published a number of children's titles including Hue Boy (Puffin), There is More to a Banana and One for Me, One for You (both Walker). She lives in Essex.
Kate Petty

Kate Petty was a widely-published author of both fiction and non fiction titles. Before her death in 2007 she had worked in publishing for many years, and was most recently the children's book publisher for the Eden Project.
Kevin Pettman

About the author: Kevin Pettman is a versatile and passionate editor and writer with 15 years experience of market-leading national consumer interest titles, ranging from weekly and monthly magazines to books, annuals, special projects and partworks.
Rita Petruccioli

Rita Petruccioli was born in Rome in 1982. She attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome and ENSAD in Paris. Her works have been exhibited in Italy, France, Germany and South Korea. She works as an illustrator and comic book artist for different projects including advertising, magazines, textile design and children books. She has collaborated with different publishers such as Mondadori, Bao Publishing, Einaudi, Ladybird, Timbuktu Lab, Auzou, ELI, Lavieri, La Nuova Frontiera Junior, Il Castoro and Laterza. When she is not drawing she is engaged in workshops on gender stereotypes in comics.
Mark Perry

Mark Perry of BBC's Dead Ringers fame (as the voice of Martin Jarvis and Graham Norton) is a political and sports impressionist in other BBC radio series and in The Archers. On TV he has appeared in Mr Charity and in various stage productions around Britain.
J.P. Percy

JP has worked in publishing for several years and is an editor and writer of books for young children.
JP Percy

JP has worked in publishing for several years and is an editor and writer of books for young children.
Amelia Penn

Amelia Penn loves writing! She has written a range of books for children from funny fairy tales to facts about sharks. She currently lives in South West London with her son and partner.