Andrew Murray is the author of the GHOST RESCUE series of spooky adventures for Orchard. He has also written the popular BUDDY & ELVIS picture books, which are currently in TV production with Illuminated Films. The BUDDY & ELVIS pilot won Best Pilot at the Pulcinella Awards 2008. The judges praised it "For creating a rich, love-hate relationship between a cat and a dog that was touching, humorous and credible".Andrew has written several other children's books, quiz books, and a range of foreign phrase bookmarks. He lives in London, and works in a bookstore which has its very own moon rocket.
Marie Murray has lived and worked in several places around the world while pursuing studies in international politics. She began writing children's stories as a way to observe the world with fresh eyes and a good dose of humour. Originally from New Jersey, Marie now lives in the mountains of Lebanon with her family where she receives daily visits from a growing number of stray cats.
Gill Munton is an experienced editor and writer of primary school material. She has written stories for reading schemes, workbooks, short stories and a number of differentiated texts, fiction and non-fiction. She has written and edited books for OUP, CUP, Nelson, Stanley Thornes and HC amongst others. Gill was a managing editor before becoming a freelance writer and editor of children's and educational books in 1995.
Victoria Munson has been fascinated by wildlife since she was 8 years old, when she helped her parents to rescue a kestrel with a broken wing. She joined the Young Ornithologist's Club (YOC, part of the RSPB) shortly after and spend many a happy weekend visiting Wildfowl and Wetland Centres, hand-feeding Canada Geese and adopting a Wigeon (Wilbur). Since then, she has made a study of butterflies, homed hedgehogs, worms and ladybirds, and is now enjoying a second childhood through introducing her own children to rockpooling, wildlife spotting and making minibeast homes.
Simon once worked at the Science Museum in London, where he flew paper aeroplanes and made giant bubbles for children. Now he writes and edits books about things like dinosaurs, ice hockey, thunderstorms and llamas. He lives in Kent with his wife and daughter, a cat and two tortoises.
Chris Mould went to art school at the age of sixteen. During this time, he did various jobs, from delivering papers to washing-up. Chris loves his work and writes and draws the kind of books that he would have liked to have on his shelf as a boy. He has won the Nottingham Children's Book Award, has been shortlisted for the Greenaway Award and commended for the Sheffield Book Award. Chris has also worked for the RSC, the BBC, the FT and many other famous initials, as well as for Aardman Animations, where he did character and environment development work on the film Flushed Away. Chris is married with two children and lives in Yorkshire.
Miriam is an award winning author of over 30 picture books - shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award with Wibble Wobble and winner of the Experian children's book award. She's also written Scritch Scratch, about nits, and Spotty Dotty, about chickenpox, for Orchard.Miriam grew up in the Africa, China, The Yemen and Bahrain. She taught in the UK and in Kenya before becoming a writer. She has three children and lives in Sussex.
Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan
Since leaving her last in-house job as Director of Educational Publishing at the BBC, Heather Morris has been involved in a wide range of publishing projects including writing, researching and project managing. In 1999 she co-founded Brown Dog Books, a specialist children's publisher based near Bath.
Michael Morpurgo has written more than 60 books for every age group. The Wreck of Zanzibar won the Carnegie Medal in 1996. The Butterfly Lion (Collins) won the Smarties Gold Award. He has been short listed for all the major awards, with King of Cloud Forest, War Horse, My Friend Walter (all Mammoth), to name but a few. Kensuke's Kingdom (Egmont) won the Children's Book Award in 2000.
Kwanchai Moriya is an illustrator, painter and board game designer. He lives and works in and around Los Angeles
Junko Morimoto was born in Hiroshima in 1932 and came to Australia in 1982. She is the award-winning author and illustrator of Kojuro and the Bear, The Two Bullies, The Inch Boy and the powerful contemporary classic, My Hiroshima.
Sally Morgan is an environmental biologist, and chief examiner for A-level biology for a major examining board. She is an experienced author of books for young children. She has been a science teacher and is now a professional photographer and writer.
Pete Moore is an award-winning author and journalist who writes widely on science and technology.
Maggie is an experienced author and has written numerous books for children, including a range of young reader books for Franklin Watts. She lives in the West Midlands.
Inga began illustrating while she was still at school where she had a constant and irresistible urge to liven up boring passages of Latin with cartoons, likewise physics and chemistry tests. It wasn't until many years later, that she saw illustration as something you could do as a career. She had no formal training but she did have a good grounding in technical drawing and patience and discipline. She wrote and illustrated her first books in Australia and then returned to England. As well as writing her own books, she has illustrated several classics such as Wind in the Willows and The Secret Garden. She can't see a time when she would want to stop making picture books - not altogether. It's one of the most enjoyable things you can do!
Becka Moor graduated in October 2012 with a 2:1 in Illustration for Children's Publishing and has been scribbling her way into a career as a children's illustrator ever since! She has worked on projects including THE ROYAL BABYSITTERS for Bloomsbury, and she can be found at http://www.beckamoor.com/ and @beckamoor on Twitter.
Julie Monks is an exciting new illustrator in the world of children's books. Her first book, The Housekinders won the silver medal in The Best of British Children's Illustration. She has her own range of greetings cards.
Sue Mongredien has written many books for children of all ages, including the incredibly fun series called 'Frightful Families' for Orchard Books. She lives in Brighton.
Highly-respected poet Tony Mitton has written many titles for children, including the picture books illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees: Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus!, Down by the Cool of the Pool, Spookyrumpus (winner of the Sheffield Book Prize, the Dundee Book Award and the Portsmouth Book Award) and Jolly Olly Octopus among many others. In 2014 Tony won the prestigious CLPE Poetry Award for his retelling of Wayland. Tony spends his time writing, giving poetry performances and visiting primary schools. He lives in Cambridge.