Lee Wildish is an acclaimed illustrator. His Spooky, Spooky House won the Overall Red House Children's Book Award, his Spaghetti with the Yeti was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize, and he has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award.
Sarah Wilkes is a consultant ecologist who has worked with conservation organisations for many years. She has written a number of books on natural history and environmental topics and has travelled the world in search of wildlife. She is particularly concerned with the conservation of some of the world's most threatened animal species.
Mary-Jane Wilkins has been involved in creating children's non-fiction titles for many years. She was responsible for several highly successful literacy series under the umbrella title of Learning through Literacy, created by Belitha Press and published by Scholastic in the US. Creating non-fiction series for co-editions has long been a focus, and many series have been sold worldwide. She also works in children's fiction and adult non-fiction.
Phil Wilkinson is a freelance writer and the author of 50 books, as well as being a dad of two. He is a contributor to a number of parenting sites, including the Huffington Post, writing about education, bullying, sex education and teenagers.
Christopher William Hill
Christopher William Hill was born in Truro, in Cornwall - a little jaundiced, but that was to be expected in the grim days of the 1970s. His mother was a former nurse, so Christopher grew up with a copy of Black's Medical Dictionary to hand, which was ideal reading matter for an enthusiastic hypochondriac. He liked acting and putting on silly voices, and collecting ancient relics which he gathered in a large walk-in wardrobe that called his 'museum'. Christopher loves walking, ocean liners, airships, Victoriana and cake shops.
Tad Williams is a best-selling and well-loved fantasy author. Deborah Beale is a former book publisher for adults and children and founding member of the Orion Publishing Group. This is the first book they have written together. They live with their children in the San Francisco Bay area in California. You can learn more about Deborah and Tad at www.tadwilliams.com.
Richard Williams is the chief sports writer for the Guardian and the bestselling author of The Death of Ayrton Senna and Enzo Ferrari: A Life. He is a lifelong fan of Nottingham Forest.Richard Williams is a rock critic who has assumed a significant status in popular culture and whose commentaries have helped to cast light, not just on the music, but on our times. A potent force in British rock journalism from the late 1960s and into the 1980s, he is today he holds the post of chief sports writer on the Guardian, but his early professional years were spent preaching the rock - and jazz - gospel. From 1969 to 1973, he worked on Melody Maker, latterly as Deputy Editor. From 1973-1976 he served Island Records in an A&R role. From 1976-1978, he edited Time Out, and returned to Melody Maker as Editor from 1978-1980. He was the first presenter on 'The Old Grey Whistle Test,' wrote for Let It Rock and Streetlife, acted as pop and jazz reviewer on the Times, and wrote books on Phil Spector, Bob Dylan and Miles Davis.
As a child Sophy travelled widely with her family and lived in Singapore, the Middle East and Hong Kong. She came back to the UK to take her O' Levels and A' Levels and went on to Kingston Polytechnic and studied for a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration.Sophy has illustrated a number of books, including When Grandma Came (Penguin) which was a runner up in the Mother Goose Award 1992. For Orchard Books Sophy has illustrated The Orchard Book of Starry Tales, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, The Night You Were Born, by Wendy McCormick, a touching picture book with rich and warm illustrations and The Orchard Book of Ghostly Stories. Sophy's latest Orchard Book's title is Princess Pearl, an exquisitely told and stunningly illustrated contemporary fairy tale about staying true to your heart despite desperate odds. Sophy lives in Bradford-on-Avon with her partner Mark and their two children, Oscar and Leo.
Susie Williams is a nature enthusiast who writes for young children. She aims to inspire children to love and respect nature and be interested in the natural world around them.
Finty Williams is a successful stage and screen actress. Her theatre credits include Luise Miller at The Donmar, Twelfth Night at The National, Bedlam at Shakespeare's Globe, Bedroom Farce at Rose Theatre & Duke of York's and Tons of Money at Theatre Royal Windsor. Television work includes Cranford and Born and Bred and film features include The Good Night, Ladies In Lavender and Gosford Park. Finty regularly performs on radio and has read numerous audio books. She also provided the voice of Angelina in the hit children's television and audio book series Angelina Ballerina.
Lily Williams grew up in Northern California. She received her B.F.A. with high distinction from California College of the Arts. Lily seeks to inspire change, engage audiences, and educate people of all ages with her artwork. Her work can be seen in film, books, and on the web.
Jenny Williams 1939 is a hugely talented illustrator whose style is recognisable at a glance. A native of London, Williams was educated at the Wimbledon School of Art and University of London. She started drawing as a very young child, making up stories about the characters she created and her drawings have appeared in many different types of books, including fairy tales and nursery rhymes, animal stories and folk tales, published throughout the world.
Pete Williamson is an artist, illustrator and animation designer. His highly-acclaimed work includes the award-winning DINKIN DINGS AND THE FRIGHTENING THINGS and the wonderful gothic pottiness of Marcus Sedgwick's THE RAVEN MYSTERIES.Find his website at http://www.petewilliamson.co.uk/
Melanie Williamson is a fantastic new illustrator in the world of picture books, and has just been shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award. Melanie has been a fan of illustrations and pictures since a very early age. She is particularly inspired by quirky characters and bold, vivid colour. She graduated in BA (Hons) Graphic Design and Illustration at De Montford University in 2000 and has since been happily painting away as an illustrator of children's books.
Jeanne Willis is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author, whose titles include I Hate School, I Want to Be a Cowgirl and Don't Let Go. Jeanne lives in London.
Kate's parents influenced her interest in art as her step-dad is a painter and her mother collects antique children's books; they always encouraged her to carry a sketchbook wherever she went. She studied fine art at Reading University and then went to the Royal College, where she specialised in children's book illustration. She is married with a baby son.
Holly and Kelly are sisters and they are writing the School for Stars series together. Holly Willoughby lives in London with her husband and children. She is best known for presenting prime-time television shows: SURPRISE, SURPRISE (average 4.6 million viewers) and THIS MORNING (average 1.5 - 2 million viewers daily).Kelly Willoughby lives in West Sussex with her husband and daughter.You can follow Holly and Kelly on Twitter @hollywills and @LadyWilloughby. Holly's website is www.officialhollywilloughby.com
Kelly Willoughby works for film and TV. She writes for children with her sister, Holly, and this is their first series.Follow Kelly on Twitter @LadyWilloughby, and visit the official L'Etoile website at www.letoile-schoolforstars.co.uk
Acclaimed author/illustrator Mark Wilson's picture books include the war-themed series, MY MOTHER'S EYES: THE STORY OF A BOY SOLDIER (2009), ANGEL OF KOKODA (2010), VIETNAM DIARY (2013) and DIGGER, THE DOG WHO WENT TO WAR (2015). He has also written and illustrated MIGALOO, THE WHITE WHALE (2015), BETH: THE STORY OF A CHILD CONVICT (2016) and the art-themed books BEN & GRACIE'S ART ADVENTURE (2011) and INSIDE THE WORLD OF TOM ROBERTS (2012). His other titles include the Wilderness Society and Whitley Award-winning Extinction series I SAW NOTHING: THE EXTINCTION OF THE THYLACINE; I SAID NOTHING: THE EXTINCTION OF THE PARADISE PARROT and I DID NOTHING: THE EXTINCTION OF THE GASTRIC BROODING FROG and YELLOW-EYE (2002), which also won the Wilderness Society Award. Mark lives in Frankston, Victoria.
Ruth Wilson starred in the 2006 BBC version of JANE EYRE and more recently in CAPTURING MARY with Maggie Smith and David Walliams. She has read THE WHITE GIRAFFE and DOLPHIN SONG for Orion Audiobooks.