Bella Swift is the pseudonym of Anne Marie Ryan, a children's book editor who has written many successful children's book series under a variety of pen names. She lives in London with her husband, her two daughters and a pet cat - but dreams about getting a dog!
Amanda Swift first worked as an actress, appearing in many commercials, including one for Angel Delight and another for Italian toilet-paper, Foxy. Theatre work included a show at Polka Children's Theatre and creating the role of the cleaning lady, Elvira Muckett, for Tony Hart's art show, Hartbeat. She has written for several children's series, including My Parents are Aliens, and has dramatised two Jacqueline Wilson books for Radio 4. She has written three novels for 9-12 year olds: The Boys' Club, Big Bones and Anna/Bella. She lives in London with her husband and her two hairy teenage sons. Jennifer Gray lives in central London and Scotland with her husband, 4 children and overfed cat, Henry (after Henry the Eighth). She has been writing children's comedy for a couple of years and her work has received an honorary mention in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices Competition. Jennifer likes writing about everything from guinea pigs to fairy godmothers, cats with attitude and evil geniuses. She recently completed the Certificate in Novel Writing course at City University. Writing is Jennifer's passion (along with chocolate cake) and her ambition is to be nominated for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize one day.
Adam Sutherland is an award-winning journalist and non-fiction writer with over 20 years' experience in the industry. He has written for publications including The Observer, Wired and Esquire magazines, and has won the PPA Specialist Writer of the Year Award for his coverage of sport, and a BSME award for Young Writer of the Year. He started his writing career covering bands and music for style magazines The Face, i-D and Arena, but more recently has expanded to cover film, new media and business. He has written a series of business titles for young adults on companies such as Nike, Google and Facebook, and biographies of rapper Jay-Z and Apple founder Steve Jobs.
Mandy Suhr is an experienced teacher.
Michaela Strachan is a well known TV presenter. She has been presenting since 1986 on a variety of programmes from The Wide Awake Club to The Hitman And Her, The Really Wild Show to Michaela's Wild Challenge, Elephant Diaries and Animal Families to Countryfile, Springwatch and many many more. She started off presenting children's programmes but these days is known as a wildlife presenter and has travelled all over the world filming animals and conservation projects. 'Michaela's Really Wild Adventures' is her 1st book and really has been an adventure to write! It is a book of fun and factual rhymes about her adventures whilst filming wildlife programmes. Some are funny, some are sad, some are very factual, some are quirky and some are bonkers! Michaela has a young son who loves children's books written in rhyme and she herself has always enjoyed children's rhyming books. Maybe this will be the first of many!
Rita Storey started in children's books as a graphic designer but now works in various different roles, including author. She has a wealth of experience in children's non-fiction. As well as designing books, Rita has written titles on dancing, sport, and other non-fiction subjects. She lives and works in Devon.
Joan Stimson was brought up in the Midlands and has spent the whole of her adult life in Gloucestershire. After several years in industry, she began writing in the eighties and specialises in texts for the very young. She has written over fifty books, including a bestselling "Storytime" series for ages 1-6, and a number of award winning picture books, illustrated by the late Meg Rutherford. She now also writes stories for children to read themselves, published by Franklin Watts.Joan is married, has two grown up daughters, with two grandchildren - and counting! She enjoys living in her restored Victorian school house and exploring the rural by-ways of England in her vintage car.
Alex is an experienced writer of non-fiction books for children.
Louise K Stewart
Louise K Stewart studied women's writing atuniversity and did a Masters degree in Women andLiterature. She co-founded Aurora, a magazinefeaturing creative writing and illustrations bywomen, based in Liverpool. She then became anauthor, and has written more than 200 books foryoung people on a wide range of subjects.
Kristina Stephenson studied costume and set design, and had a successful career in theatre and children's television, before turning her hand to writing and illustrating picture books when she had her children. She was inspired to create the much-loved Sir Charlie Stinkysocks by her own son Charlie (who doesn't have stinky socks!).
Philip Steele is a leading writer of children's non-fiction books. He was born in Surrey, graduated from University College Durham and worked in London publishing houses. He then freelanced as a project manager, publishing consultant and author. He has written a wide range of books for Wayland, Watts, Dorling Kindersley, Kingfisher/Macmillan, Walker Books and many other publishers worldwide. History, biography, lands and peoples, the natural world, current affairs and social issues all feature prominently in his backlist. Philip has backpacked around Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. For many years he has been settled very happily amidst the mountains, beaches and green fields of North Wales. His wife (as a teacher) and his teenage daughter (as a secondary school pupil) are ideally suited to cast a critical eye over his work!
Kaye Stearman has worked for international organizations in the field of human rights, minorities, health and development. She is also an experienced writer of children's books and has published titles on human rights and social issues.
Lauren St John
Lauren St John grew up surrounded by horses, cats, dogs, horses and a pet giraffe on a farm and game reserve in Zimbabwe, the inspiration for her bestselling White Giraffe and One Dollar Horse series. At 17, she spent a year in the UK working as a veterinary nurse before becoming a sports and music journalist. Dead Man's Cove, the first in her Laura Marlin Mystery series, won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. The Glory, her YA novel about a long-distance horse race across the American West, has been optioned for film. Her latest books are The Snow Angel, set in Kenya and Scotland, and Kat Wolfe Investigates, the first in a new mystery series about a pet-sitter who lives in idyllic Bluebell Bay on the Jurassic Coast. A passionate conservationist, Lauren is an Ambassador for the Born Free Foundation and the founder of Authors4Oceans. When not rescuing leopards and dolphins, she is a full-time valet to her rescued, and not in the least demanding, Bengal cat, Max.
Sally Spray is an author of children's non-fiction books. She studied Early Years Education, then an MA in Children's Literature, and worked as a teacher before becoming an art director in children's publishing. Sally lives in the Cotswold countryside, and enjoys daily chats with her chickens, daughters and sometimes her husband, the illustrator Mark Ruffle. Her mission is to find out loads of interesting, really hard to understand stuff and pass it on to her readers as simply and concisely as possible.
Louise Spilsbury is a prolific children's book author. She has written titles on almost every subject, from science and geography through to world affairs, social issues, art, history, and literacy. Louise is married to the author Richard Spilsbury and has two children. She lives and works in Devon.
Richard and Louise Spilsbury
Richard and Louise are experienced writers of non-fiction.
Richard Spilsbury has worked in educational publishing for more than 20 years and has written on a variety of subjects, from climate change and food and farming to art history and design.
Giles Sparrow is an author specializing in astronomy and physics. He's written about everything from space technology to the history of science.
Raised in London, Timothy Spall showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth" and "Othello." He joined the Royal Shakespeare Company before moving into TV roles in the early 80s. Timothy's appeared in a number of award-winning Mike Leigh features, particularly Life Is Sweet and Secrets & Lies. More recently, he appeared in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban as Peter Pettigrew, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events as Mr. Poe. Timothy Spall is also the reader of Billy's Beetle.
Debut author Vix Southgate has a passion for all aspects of space exploration. She has worked with the British Council, researching and writing about Russian achievements in space, and is a leading expert on Yuri Gagarin. She is the developer of CASSiE - a creative marketing initiative to help engage children with the wonders of space, spaceflight and exploration. She also manages World Space Week for the UK (every October 4-10), works closely with astronauts and cosmonauts, and is the European Agent to Apollo 15 NASA Astronaut, Col Al Worden.