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  • Katya Balen

    Katya Balen

    Katya read English at university and then completed an MPhil researching the impact of stories on autistic children's behaviour. She has worked in a variety of special needs schools as a teaching assistant, and more recently co-founded Mainspring Arts - a not-for-profit organisation that provi...

  • Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson

    Leigh Hodgkinson joins ReadingZone to introduce her picture books, Martha Maps it Out and Martha Maps it Out in Time. As well as making picture books, Leigh has worked in animation, including as art director for TV show 'Charlie and Lola' and designer and co-creator of...

  • Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi

    Zohra Nabi grew up inventing stories for her two younger sisters. She studied law at Cambridge and Oxford universities, but secretly dreamed of being an author. Now she lives in London, browsing bookshops and writing magical adventures.    

  • Nicola Penfold

    Nicola Penfold

    In her books Where the World Turns Wild and its follow-up, When the Wild Calls, Nicola Penfold explores how climate change might affect our future world, and how societies can adapt to the challenges they face.  Nicola was born in Merseyside and grew up in Doncaster, studied English at...

  • Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl is a writer and editor. Her recent books include Beyonce (Knowles-Carter) and Nelson (Mandela), which are part of David Fickling Books' 'First Names' series of illustrated biographies. Nansubuga has also worked on international development programmes, primarily...

  • Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak

    Carlie Sorosiak writes books about magical summer camps, missing people, and the inner life of dogs.  She grew up in North Carolina and has an American dingo (Google it!) who is her writing companion (but she doesn't let her type on the keyboard!).  By day, she's a creative writing professor a...

  • Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

    Anders Sparring writes children’s books and is a screenwriter for many popular television shows.  He is also a stand-up comedian. Per Gustavsson is an illustrator and author living in Stockholm, Sweden. His bestselling books are translated into several...

  • Ash Bond

    Ash Bond

    Ash Bond writes magical stories that have classical myth sprinkled through them like fairy dust. Look out for her debut, Peregrine Quinn and the Cosmic Realm. As soon as she picked up a book of Greek myths in her local library, Ash was hooked and she went on to study Cl...