I was born in Amman, Jordan and spent some of my childhood in Italy where I learned to draw Volcanoes and stray dogs (a constant source of fascination at the time). I went to school in England and learned to draw many other things too.At Art College I studied Traditional Animation which involved rather a lot of drawing.I have illustrated for a variety of genres including Historical (lots of research), Fantasy (lots of dragons) and Horror (lots of scary stuff). This has been wonderful since my favourite books also happen to be in these genres! To relax I like going to gigs, comedy clubs (there is nothing better than laughing for a few hours straight!) and exploring London. I live with some people I adore in North London where there is an abundance of old pubs and shops full of ancient trinkets, ghastly mummified cats and the odd cannon ball.
Anita Croy has written numerous books for children, mainly about ancient and modern history and the geography of Asia and the Americas, where she has travelled widely. She lives in London with her young family.
Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. For some years he held a university post in Minnesota and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Seeing Stone won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, At The Crossing-Places won a Silver award at the SWPA Spoken Word Awards and Gatty's Tale was shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal.
Gary Crew writes short stories, novels and picture books. Gary is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is particularly interested in researching the creative links between fiction and nonfiction in his novels and the creative interface between print text and visual text in his picture books. During his publishing career of over 30 years Gary has won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year four times, twice for novels and twice for his picture books; the New South Wales Premier's Award, the Victorian Premier's Award, the American Children's Book of Distinction, the Aurealis Best Children's Short Fiction, the Wilderness Society's Award for Environmental Writing, and the Royal Geographic Society Whitley Award. Gary lives on the waterfront of subtropical Bribie Island. When he is not writing or lecturing, he loves to walk by the sea or read.
Susan Crean has worked in educational publishing in the USA and UK for more than 10 years. She has written and edited hundreds of books for children and young people, specialising in world history and geography.
Joe Craig is a novelist, screenwriter, songwriter and performer.His award-winning thrillers for children have earned him a place alongside Anthony Horowitz, Charlie Higson and Robert Muchamore as "one of the best spy kids authors... outstanding at both writing and plotting." (The Times)The first book in his best-selling Jimmy Coates series was published by HarperCollins in 2005. Since then the six books in the series have won over young fans across the world and converted thousands of previously reluctant readers with an electric mix of action, suspense and thrilling twists.Packed houses at festivals, bookshops, libraries and schools all over the world have experienced The Joe Craig Show. His tall tales, improvised stories, and surprising theories about writing have enthralled and entertained audiences every bit as much as his books.He studied Philosophy at Cambridge University then became a songwriter, winning numerous awards for his music before unexpectedly turning to writing books.The success of his books led to a new career writing movies. He now splits his writing time between novels for children and adults, non-fiction and film projects.When he's not writing he's visiting schools, playing the piano, drawing, inventing snacks, playing snooker, cricket and football, watching a movie or reading.He lives in London with his wife (broadcaster & adventurer Mary-Ann Ochota), his dog (Harpo the labradonkey) and his dwarf crocodile (Professor Sven).He keeps in touch with his readers through this website (www.joecraig.co.uk) and facebook (www.facebook.com/jcpages.joecraig).
British-born Katz Cowley has a degree in Illustration from the University of Northumbria. She spent a year and a half travelling around SE Asia and living in Australia before arriving in New Zealand in 2000, where she has been ever since.
Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.
Lucy Courtenay has officially been writing children's fiction since 1999, and unofficially for a lot longer than that. Her desk drawers are full of half-finished stories waiting for the right moment to emerge and dance around her study in a shower of exuberant paperclips. Her latest books indulge her love of teenage romance: The Kiss is published by Hodder, with Movie Night and Girl at Sea coming in 2018.
Sarah Courtauld lives in London and writes and illustrates children's books. Her favourite writers for children are Tove Jansson, Andy Stanton, Roald Dahl, John Masefield, Cressida Cowell and Lemony Snicket, although her all time favourite children's book is The Princess Bride.
Patience Coster is an experienced editor and writer of children's books.
Kate Costelloe is the pseudonym of Annie Dalton, best known for her Angels Unlimited series for Egmont. Annie lives in an idyllic village near Diss in Norfolk with cats and dogs and is mother to three now grown up children.
Clare Corbett has had a successful career on stage, screen and radio. Theatre credits include 'To Kill A Mocking Bird' 'Pygmalion' and Spoonface Steinberg' and her TV credits include BBC's 'Spooks,' 'Fastnet' and 'Final Demand'. A winner of the prestigious Carleton Hobbs Radio Award, she has appeared in over 250 radio plays including 'Absolute Power' 'Venus and Adonis' and ' Dr Zhivago'. Her other voice work comprises of Aardman Animation's ' the planet sketch' and numerous audiobooks (children and adult) including 'Poppy Shakespeare', 'Swallowing Grandma' and 'Child X'. She read 'Alys, Always' by Harriet Lane for Orion.
Alison Cooper has written and edited children's information books for many years. She is especially interested in history.
E. Coombe has travelled the world, exploring the myths of different countries. She is the author of many successful children's books and games, which she has licensed and sold through Mattel, Pancake Press, Funtastic and Lansdowne, and in 2000 was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by Canberra University for her contribution to children's literature and games. She is the author of the FARAWAY FAIRIES series (as Eleanor Coombe) and the DRAGON BLOOD PIRATES series (as Dan Jerris).
Paul was born in 1961 in Essex. After the usual exams and college courses he became a teacher. Paul still teaches but spends most of his time performing poetry and running poetry workshops for both adults and children.He has written and edited a number of books including the bestselling anthology THE WORKS, WHAT SHAPE IS A POEM?, WHO RULES THE SCHOOL NOW?, UNZIP YOUR LIPS, TONGUE TWISTERS AND TONSIL TWIZZLERS, TEACHERS PETS, THE VERY BEST OF PAUL COOKSON, YOU'RE NOT GOING OUT LIKE THAT, STAYING OUT LATE PLAYING OUT LATE, and CRAZY CLASSROOMS AND SECRET STAFFROOMS. He is a contributor to Hodder Wayland's audio poetry collection POEMS OUT LOUD.Paul is married and lives with Sally, Sam and Daisy (and Ginger the guinea pig) in Retford.
Tim Cooke is a graduate of Oxford University. He has worked in children's publishing for over 20 years, and has written or contributed to dozens of books on a wide range of subjects. Among his publications as writer or editor are numerous sets about military history, particularly the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. He has also written extensively about general history, both ancient and modern.
Trish Cook has written the novelisation of MIDNIGHT SUN. She is also the author of five YA novels, and women's fiction aimed at 'teenagers trapped in a mom's body.' When she's not writing, Trish is a runner, rower, music and pop culture fanatic. She has run two full and four half marathons, rows with a master's crew, sees live music at every chance, writes songs, plays guitar and sings with her own basement-bound band. You can visit Trish at www.trishcook.com.
Sean Connolly is the author of more than 75 books for children and young adults, on global issues, citizenship, history and cultural affairs.
Mary Colson is a very experienced author with numerous titles to her name. Her published subjects include space science, natural history, environmental issues, economics, geography, history and emotional issues. Mary is a trained teacher as well as an author and works closely with schools to develop her non-fiction. Mary lives in Yorkshire in the historic town of Ilkley.