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  • Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman is one of the best-known children's authors living today. He spent much of his childhood on board ships as both his father and stepfather were in the Royal Air Force. He learnt to read whilst at sea, and considers his greatest influence to have been his grandfather. A clergyman...

  • Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle & Alexandra Finkeldey

    Ruth Doyle's new picture book, A Horse Called Now, explores children's worries with the help of a horse, Now. Ruth lives on Mini Motley Sanctuary with a flock of sheep, eight chickens, three dogs, two rescued miniature horses, six guinea pigs, two rabbits and two grown-up chil...

  • Candy Gourlay

    Candy Gourlay

    Candy Gourlay is of Filipino heritage, and was a journalist before becoming an author. Her novels Tall Story (her debut) and Shine have won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe. Tall Story was also nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for 13 awards including the Blue Peter Prize, the...

  • Rhianna Pratchett & Gabrielle Kent

    Rhianna Pratchett & Gabrielle Kent

    Rhianna Pratchett was a journalist before moving into the video games industry, writing on titles including Heavenly Sword, Mirror's Edge, and the Tomb Raider reboot and sequel. She has written for DC, Dark Horse and Marvel. She also works as a screenwriter and producer for TV...

  • Benjamin Zephaniah

    Benjamin Zephaniah

    Benjamin Zephaniah (1958 - 2023):  Poet, Musician, Campaigner Benjamin Zephaniah was a performer, musician, actor, and remains one of the UK's best-known poets. Born in Handsworth, Birmingham, Benjamin began writing and performing at the age of 11, and had his first col...

  • David Almond   (Picture Books)

    David Almond (Picture Books)

    David Almond spent his childhood in Newcastle playing football, camping with his friends and singing as an altar boy. He worked as a teacher before writing his award-winning novel, Skellig. In 2011 he was awarded the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, and received an O...

  • Jumana Rahman

    Jumana Rahman

    Jumana Nikita Rahman is a self-proclaimed "fun mom" and learned to ride a bike very late in life just to prove to her son she could. Though she doesn't take herself too seriously, she prioritises sharing her Bangladeshi-Canadian upbringing with the next generation of third cul...

  • Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage

    Chloe Savage was born and raised in Stevenage. She has a First Class BA Honours in TV and Film Set Design from Cardiff and an MA in Children's Book Illustration from The Cambridge School of Art. She has worked for a number of years in opera, film and te...