Dashka Slater is an award-winning journalist, who has written for Newsweek and The New York Times, among other publications. This is her first YA non-fiction book, but she also writes fiction for adults and picture books for younger children.
Nicola Slater has been an illustrator for over 15 years. She has worked extensively in advertising, web and print with clients including Eurostar, Aviva and The Times. She has produced a broad array of picture books and fiction covers, including the hugely successful 'Princess Diaries' and the classic Enid Blyton series 'Malory Towers'.Nicola Lives in Manchester with her partner and son, with the occasional appearance of an ill-tempered cat.
Alex T. Smith
Author-illustrator Alex T. Smith is the award-winning creator of the bestselling Claude series, which is published in 16 languages worldwide, and is now a TV show on Disney Junior. Alex's newest series, Mr Penguin, launched in 2017, to widespread praise. Alex's quirky, witty writing and illustrations are instantly recognisable, critically acclaimed and as popular with adults as children. Alex is also widely praised for his work illustrating children's classics: he won Children's Book of the World Illustration Award for his illustrations in a new edition of Dodie Smith's The Hundred and One Dalmatians; he has created new art for books by Enid Blyton, Eva Ibbotson and Richmal Crompton. Alex has collaborated with Watership Down author Richard Adams on his last book, Egg Box Dragon, as well as David Almond and Juno Dawson. Alex has won the UKLA Picture Book Award and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award, and been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award. He has also been the official World Book Day illustrator.
Adelle Smith is an award-winning baker. She founded her company BKD (aka BAKED) in September 2014, and since then it has grown from a kitchen industry - offering fun, messy children's baking events, classes and parties, as well as innovative, distinctive and delicious homemade baking kits - into an award-winning, media attention-grabbing company, with kits stocked in Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Fenwicks among many retailers. All the kits are handmade in her bakery in Peckham. Adelle lives in Forest Hill, London with her husband, Mark, and their children.
Singer/songwriter Craig Smith performs at gigs around New Zealand. He has lived in Australia for 4 years and Vietnam for 6 years, and says Spike Milligan and his mum are his greatest influences.
Dave Smith is an illustrator (or "Professional Doodler" to his friends) and enjoys drawing things that make him, and other people, laugh. He also plays the drums, strums a guitar (pretty badly), and has an unhealthy enthusiasm for elderly German campervans. When colouring-in he never goes over the lines. Well, almost never... He lives and works in Devon, with his two children and a nutty Spaniel.
David Smith is the author of Ethical Debates: Terrorism.
Jim Smith is the author of the Barry Loser fiction series. I am not a Loser by Barry Loser was published in 2012, having already sold rights to nine countries. The sequel, I am Still Not a Loser, was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and declared the funniest book for children aged seven to fourteen. Jim has now written six Barry Loser books and begun a spin-off series Future Ratboy, the first insltalment of which won the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Award for 6-8 year olds. He has also designed a hugely successful range of stationery and gift products under the name Waldo Pancake.
J L Smith lives in Buckinghamshire with her family, and a West Highland terrier called Angus. She was born and brought up in Glasgow, and loved to write from a very young age.A friend once told her: 'You're funny, you should write funny'. So, that's exactly what she did and, inspired by her two sons idea of how to 'do posh', Cecil Trumpington-Potts was born - along with his panty wanty woos!She has appeared twice on Dave Gorman's radio comedy show Genius, and thinks humour is under-rated.
Maudie Smith began her career as an actor. She spent years perching on scenery in the back of a van, while touring with a small-scale theatre company. In children's theatre, she played well-known characters such as Piglet and the Snow Queen. She co-devised many of the plays in which she performed and has written lyrics for musicals, cabaret and a libretto. She recently graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in Writing for Young People. Maudie lives in a village near Bath with her screenwriter husband, two daughters, two cats, two chickens and far too many stick insects.Visit her website http://www.maudiesmith.co.uk/ and follow her on Twitter @MaudieSmith
Robert Snedden is an experienced editor and author of more than 25 titles. He now concentrates on writing science and technology books for children and young adults, which he enjoys immensely.
Lemony Snicket is the author of numerous bestselling books, including those in A Series of Unfortunate Events and All the Wrong Questions. You can learn more at www.LemonySnicketLibrary.com
Andrew Solway is an experienced children's non-fiction author.
Nina Sosanya is best known for playing the uptight and scary Jenny in CH4's TEACHERS. Other TV dramas & comedies include; BBC legal drama SILK, TREASURE ISLAND on Sky, FIVE DAYS, CASANOVA, FM, CAPE WRATH, MESSIAH, NATHAN BARLEY and DR WHO. Theatre includes Rosalind in AS YOU LIKE IT and Rosalinde in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST for the RSC, and most recently the West End in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF. Films include; LOVE, ACTUALLY, and Lars Von Trier's MANDERLAY. She has also recorded numerous radio plays.
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.
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.
Mark Sperring was born in 1963 in Swindon but grew up in Weston-Super-Mare. He became hooked on books after reading 'Gobbolino the Witch's Cat', and 'The Chronicles of Narnia'. He left school at 16 and worked at a printers for a few years, before moving to Bristol and working at a bookshop. He started writing, receiving the usual slew of rejection letters (with some lovely encouraging letters and near misses along the way) before getting published. Although a published author now, Mark still loves his day job - if he's not writing a book he's unpacking one! He loves running, going to the cinema and music (anything from hip hop to country!). Favourite books include 'Where the Wild Things Are', ' To Kill a Mocking Bird' , and 'The Little Prince' or anything by Tove Jansson, Paul Auster, Richard Yates and Haruki Murakami. And of course 'Gobbolino the Witch's Cat'!
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.
Richard and Louise Spilsbury
Richard and Louise are experienced writers of non-fiction.
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.