IPG Children's Publisher of the Year

Benji Davies

Benji Davies

Benji Davies is the illustrator of the Bizzy Bear books, Bizzy Bear: Let’s Go and Play and Bizzy Bear: Fun on the Farm. As a child, Benji knew that when he grew up he either wanted to make films or draw pictures in books.

Read more about Benji Davies

Emma Dodd

Emma was brought up in a family of artists and from as far back as she can remember she has wanted to be an illustrator. She studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art and has worked extensively in advertising, editorial and book illustration. I LOVE MY MY MUMMY, written by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Emma, won the Booktrust Best Book For Babies award in 2010. Among Emma’s favourite things in life are surfing with her kids, punctuality and Scrabble. Things she cannot abide include heights, paté and children who complain that they are bored. ‘How can you ever be bored,’ she says, ‘when you can always draw a picture?’

Elys Dolan

Elys says:
I’m thrilled to be coming to Nosy Crow because the people there really seem to understand the sense of humour in my work. They laughed their heads off at my book Weasels and anyone who can appreciate a tale of woodland creatures and megalomania like that are people I want to work with! Also it’s thrilling for me to be joining the ranks of some other Nosy Crow author/illustrators that I really respect, such as Nadia Shireen and Leigh Hodgkinson, who are so talented it makes me feel a little bit unwell. All in all, it’s a dream come true and I’m so over-excited I may have to go for a little
lie down.

Read more about Elys Dolan

Christopher Edge

Christopher Edge is the author of Twelve Minutes to Midnight and Shadows of the Silver Screen. He grew up in Manchester where he spent most of his childhood in the local library dreaming up stories, but now lives in Gloucestershire where he spends most of his time in the local library dreaming up stories. Before becoming a writer, he worked as an English teacher, editor and publisher – any job that let him keep a book close to hand. When not writing, he also works as a freelance publisher and education consultant and has written publications about encouraging children to read.

Marnie Edwards

Marnie Edwards is the author of the Magical Mix-Ups series, illustrated by Leigh Hodgkinson.

Born in the West Country, Marnie moved to London to study English and got her first job working in children’s publishing not long after. Many years later she’s still an editor, and is still in London, where she lives with her husband and three young children.