Peter Utton is well-known as the illustrator of many popular picture books.
I was born in Japan in 1978. As a child, I loved doodling on every piece of paper I could find at home. I would draw on the back of flyers, school notebooks and even receipts! I also enjoyed knitting and sewing stuffed characters of my own. My interest in picture books was developed in an after-school book making club. I wrote, illustrated and bound my first original book when I was 10. I found it really fun to share my stories with my classmates. When it came for me to step out into the world, I decided that I wanted to pursue my love of drawing in a different country, so I chose the UK. I studied illustration and animation at Kingston University. It was great to make friends with people from all over the world and share new stories. After publishing several books in the UK, I moved back to Japan in 2008. Now, I work with both domestic and international publishers. I love visiting bookshops and libraries for book reading events. Meeting kids and seeing their reactions to my books are some of my absolute favourite things to do.
Sam Usher studied illustration at the University of West England. His debut picture book Can You See Sassoon? was shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and the Red House Children's Book Award. He lives in London with an ancient housemate, and when he's not holding a pen and wobbling at paper, you'll find him playing the piano, eating chocolate and trespassing.
Started writing books when very young. First book published while at school. Been at it ever since. Have large family of animals, all rescued.Some favourite books when I was a child and still favourites today: WINNIE THE POOH; LITTLE WOMEN; JUST WILLIAM; CATCHER IN THE RYE; I CAPTURE THE CASTLE.Favourite music: almost anything by Bach.Favourite movies: THE BIG LEBOWSKI
Tania has published two novels for adults with Viking/Fig Tree - THE SEAHORSE and BEFORE WE BEGAN. THE ONE SAFE PLACE is her first children's novel. She is the daughter of the late Booker prize winning novelist, Barry Unsworth. She lives in Boston, USA, with her husband and two boys, but travels frequently to the UK. Visit her author website www.taniaunsworth.com and follow her on Twitter @TaniaUnsworth1
Kaye Umansky is very well known for her PONGWIFFY stories (Puffin) and other books for this age group. She lives in North London.Her website is http://kayeumansky.com/
Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.