Andrew Fusek Peters
Andrew Fusek Peters is an Anglo-Czech poet, storyteller, didgeridoo player, broadcaster, anthologist and author with an international reputation. He is the UK's tallest poet (6'8''!!) and has worked in thousands of schools, libraries, arts centres and literary festivals, giving lively performances and running workshops with all ages and abilities. 'An experienced and accomplished anthologist', according to the TES, Andrew has published more than 70 books and his poems appear in the Poetry Archive, set up by the Poet Laureate to record the best poets. Polly Peters is a former English and Drama teacher. She was previously Head of Drama at a sixth form college and currently works as a youth/community theatre leader, director and playwright.
Echo Freer was born and brought up in Yorkshire. After training to be a teacher, she moved to London, where she taught Special Needs in one of London's social priority areas. When her son was diagnosed as severely dyslexic, she completed a specialist training course to teach and diagnose specific learning difficulties. She now assesses and teaches under-achieving children. She lives in London.
Writer and teacher Charles Freeman specializes in the 20th century and international affairs. He is an examiner for the World Affairs paper in the International Baccalaureate's history programme, in which 'Dictatorship' was a popular option.
Malcolm Freeman trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. He has appeared on television in Trail of Guilt, Holby City, Family Affairs, EastEnders, Prime Suspect and The Rag Nymph. His theatre work includes The Balcony, Country Dancing, Richard II, and Romeo and Juliet with the RSC, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Fitting for Ladies at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh. He also works as a dialect coach.
Zana Fraillon worked as a primary school teacher before becoming a full-time writer of fiction and picture books for young children. She is the author of The Ones That Disappeared and The Bone Sparrow, which won the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2017, was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children's Book Prize, and has garnered widespread critical acclaim. Zana lives in Victoria, Australia, with her husband and three sons.
Lara Fox is the pseudonym for a published author living in the UK. A runner up in the Lit Idol competition in 2005, this author has published one other teenage title and is currently working on the follow up to My Year in Agony - again featuring Miss Understanding as a beleaguered publishing intern who enthralls her blog readers with the inside scoop on publishing ...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.