Chris is a writer and consultant on education. He specializes in issue-based work, citizenship education and service learning. He also lectures in education at the University of Northumbria.
From my very early childhood, I only ever dreamed of becoming three things as a grown up - an artist, an athlete, ...and an astronaut! I have always loved to draw, and I would spend many happy hours as a child creating new characters and developing imaginative worlds for them to explore. Comics, pop-ups and picture books were a major influence throughout my school years, as were cartoons and animation and in particular, Walt Disney.After completing my foundation course in Art & Design at Epsom Art College, I moved away from my creative studies and spent some years focusing on athletics.My ultimate ambition was to compete at the Olympic Games! Rather more modestly, I enjoyed many fun filled years representing my club, county, and the South of England in my specialist event - the 400m hurdles. Athletics is still a large part of my life today, but these days I run marathons...and I tend to run a lot more slowly!In 2010, I decided it was time for me to return to my artistic studies and I was lucky enough to be accepted onto the MA course in Children's Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. Here, I have learned to combine my love of the creative and the technical to develop my own unique illustrative language - a fusion of hand drawn illustration and elaborate paper engineering. I'm not entirely sure I have ever grown up? With childish enthusiasm I still love to read picture books, to eat lots of chocolate and to play with toys. I still love to run for no reason other than the fun of it! But most of all, I still love to draw and to create elaborate and fantastical picture books for all to enjoy. Oh, and I'm still working on becoming an Astronaut!!
Paul's books cover a wide range of subjects, from whether the Romans ate crisps to how to build the world's best skatepark, but he writes mostly about sport. Whether you are interested in swimming, cycling, snowboarding, surfing or another sport, Paul has probably written something that will inspire you to get out and give it a try. Paul writes in a shack by the beach, which he shares with his one-eyed surf dog, Daisy.
Sarah Massini is the creator of Zac and Zeb and Books Always Everywhere. Drawing has been a life-long habit that has seen her through careers in corporate design, children's book design and now as an illustrator.
Sophie Masson was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to French parents. She has spent most of her life going back and forth between Australia and France. Sophie writes for adults, teenagers and children, she is published in Australia, the US and Italy as well as the UK. Winner of the Australian Young Adult Aurealis Science Fiction and Fantasy Award and shortlisted for many others, she has also written for stage, radio and newspapers, magazines and literary journals. She is still fluently bilingual and frequently returns to France to visit family. She lives in New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and three children. Sophie is the Australian correspondent for ACHUKA website. http://www.achuka.co.uk
A distinguished, award-winning writer for both children and adults, Anthony Masters has been described by Junior Bookseller as 'a skilled novelist and a man of deep understanding - [he] writes beautifully, giving each word its value'.
Taran was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own, writing his first book at nine years old.At twenty-two, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write Summoner, taking part in Nanowrimo 2013. Thanks to Wattpad.com and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over three million reads in less than six months. After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.The Summoner series has now been published in 12 territories and is a New York Times Bestseller. Taran is currently the Book Trust's writer in residence.
Jennifer Mathieu was born on the East Coast of America, to a mom from Cuba and a dad from Chile. Jennifer teaches English to middle and high schoolers in Texas, where she now lives with her husband, son and rescue dog. She used to make her own zine, and is writing about all her favourite things in Moxie - punk rock, lady rights, the 90s, zines, Texas, and an interesting female protagonists. She writes contemporary YA fiction that treats teens like real people. www.jennifermathieu.comtwitter: @jenmathieu Instagram: @authorjenmathieu Facebook: writerjennifermathieu
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Anna Matthew lived in a seaside town and spent lots of time playing on the beach, in the park and in the street. Now her two children are growing up, she can write about their fun and games, too!
L.S. Matthews, a Goldsmiths' College graduate, worked briefly in publishing and then in education, before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Dorset with her husband and two children.Follow L.S. Matthews on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/LSMatthews1
Andrew Matthews is a celebrated children's author, who has written over fifty books and has twice been nominated for the Smarties prize.
Rupert Matthews, is an experienced writer and editor of children's books, and specializes in works on history.
Lindsay Mattick, the great-granddaughter of Captain Harry Colebourn, grew up thinking of Winnie-the-Pooh as her own great-grandbear. She has shared Winnie's story as a radio documentary, spearheaded an original exhibition, and traveled to the UK to commemorate Harry and Winnie's experience in World War I. She works at Narrative Public Relations, and lives with her family in Toronto, Canada.
Anna Maxwell Martin
Anna trained at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and she was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance in `His Dark Materials`. She has also starred as Esther Summerson in the latest tv adaptation of BLEAK HOUSE, for which she won the 2006 Best Actress Bafta.
Miranda has lived in France, Italy and London. She has always loved art, and sold her first illustration at the age of 25. It was of arestaurant called 'La Strega' (The Witch) and is hanging there still. She loves travel and enjoys having fun. She chose to write and illustrate specifically for children because children's books are a way of passing on knowledge while providing entertainment for others and herself. Miranda may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheila May Bird
I'm sitting at my desk, in my little blue shed in my garden, thinking, 'how lucky I am to be sitting in my little blue shed in my garden'. It's my favourite place, where I do my favourite thing - writing. I was 50 years old when I had my first book published. My mother always said I'd be a late developer. The first book I wrote was about a big, bad cat called Sam. It was for adults who had lost the ability to read and were learning to read all over again. I didn't envy them. I had enough trouble doing it the first time. Since then Sam, the big bad cat has been rewritten as a children's reading book. Now I have written several learning to read books, picture books and story books and am lucky enough to take my books to schools, read them and talk about them (another one of my favourite things to do). Some of my books have gone to faraway places like, China, Australia, Slovakia and America.A famous writer once said that writing is the most fun you can have on your own. I think he is right. I also think that reading is fun when I'm on my own. I'd rather read a good book than watch the television, though I do watch films, Dr. Who and any science fiction. Oh yes, and absolutely anything to do with the Arthurian legends. I would love to meet Merlin. I think I own almost every book there is about Arthur and the knights of the round table. Perhaps one day I will be fortunate enough to be asked to write something about King Arthur and Merlin - who knows?When I'm not writing I enjoy reading other people's books. I loved all the Harry Potter books and all the films that went with them. I like scary books, funny books and happy books.I have always loved magic. Perhaps that is because my Grandfather was a magician.When I have time I write pantomime scripts, plays and novels for adults. And sometimes I cook, clean, do the washing and spend time weeding the garden!
Katie May illustrates for books, greetings cards and stationery. As well as drawing and painting, she loves old fashion illustrations, theatrical costume, ballet and Paris. Katie lives and works in London.
Pete May is the author of many successful children's books. He is also a journalist. He has written for the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent, the Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Loaded, Midweek, Time Out and numerous other publications. Pete is an associate lecturer in sports journalism at the London College of Communication.Once an Essex Man, he now lives in London with his wife, two daughters, a dog named Vulcan and a large collection of West Ham programmes and Doctor Who dvds.
Jem illustrates from her studio in Leeds. But when she's not there, she likes to illustrate animals, hang out with her pet birds and go running by the canal where her houseboat is!