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Grasya Oliyko

Grasya Oliyko is a Ukrainian artist. She studied fine arts and book graphics at university and now illustrates children’s books for publishers all around the world, including The Old Lion Publishing House, Flying Eye Books, and Ranok. Grasya loves animals and has two dogs and two cats that she rescued from the streets to give them a loving home.

James Rey Sanchez

Pete Williamson

Martin Howard

Martin Howard writes absurdly funny books for children. His last was a Sunday Times Book of the Week and he has been compared to Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams and the Monty Pythons. Mallory Vayle and the Curse of Maggoty Skull is his favourite so far.

Susannah Lloyd

Susannah Lloyd is the author of picture books Who Ate Steve?, Here Be Giants, Here Be Dragons, Oh Monty!, This Book Can Read Your Mind, and The Terribly Friendly Fox.

Her books have been translated into ten languages.

She loves reading stories, especially the ones you find in children’s books. Libraries and bookshops are her happy place.

Her favourite book from childhood was ‘Trubloff, The Mouse Who Wanted To Play The Balalaika‘, by John Burningham. It made her want to play the balalaika too, but, alas, she still cannot. Her favourite food is trifle and her favourite words are ‘in cahoots’ and ‘hullabaloo’.

She wrote her first ever book when she was five, on her kitchen table, with the help of a large pot of felt tip pens and a stapler. It was about a fox, a wolf, a crow and a stolen balloon. It had a very mysterious ending. This was followed by an ambitious murder mystery series, started aged 11, abandoned aged 12. She is now making up for lost time.

Her books are inspired by old black and white movies, dusty stuffed animals in museums and all things small in the world.

Jim Field

An award-winning illustrator, character designer and animation director, Jim grew up in Farnborough, England, and now lives in the French countryside with his wife, young daughter, a grumpy cat and several guitars. He has won multiple awards including the BookTrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Oscar’s Book Prize, Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Awards and the Lollies Book Award. He regularly collaborates with Rachel Bright (The Lion Inside), Kes Gray (Oi Frog!) and Julian Gough (Rabbit & Bear), as well as writing and illustrating his own bilingual books in the Monsieur Roscoe series.

Sean Hegarty

Sean is a comedian, actor, content creator, theatre producer and author. But none of these jobs is harder (or more rewarding) than parenting five of the most amazing humans on Earth. With over 100 million video views online, a spot on the live shows of Ireland’s Got Talent and a Christmas Number 1 on the Cool FM Shazam Chart, Sean is hot property on the Irish comedy scene. As well as being awarded the prize for Ireland’s Funniest Joke 2017, he also won the egg and spoon race on sports day, a weekend trip for his parents on the local radio and a keyring at the town festival.

Maribel Lechuga

Maribel Lechuga is a freelance illustrator based in Madrid. She has worked for clients all over the world, such as Anaya, Edelvives, Palabra, Heinemann, Usborne, Charlesbridge or Harper Collins.

Her versatility and sensitivity make her illustrations stand out, bringing poetry to her artwork, full of beautiful textures and bright colours.

She loves nature, animal watching, hiking and a good conversation.

Instagram site: @maribellechugaillustration

Emma Young

Emma Young is an author and an award-winning science, health and medical journalist. She has a degree in psychology and 20 years’ experience working on titles including the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald and New Scientist, for which she worked as a senior online reporter in London and Australasian Editor in Sydney. Now employed by the British Psychological Society as a Staff Writer, she also freelances articles and writes books.

Maggie Li

Maggie has a passion for the natural world and delights in illustrating animals, dinosaurs and mischievous children. Dig Dig Dinosaur is her first illustrated picture book having published numerous non-fiction titles and board books in her 10 year career as a children’s illustrator. She now works and lives in East London and when she’s not buried in books at her desk you’ll probably find her raiding a second hand book shop for a vintage picture book gem. She has a passion for cooking and food and would love to illustrate a children’s recipe book one day!

Anjali Goswami

Professor Anjali Goswami is a Research Leader in Palaeobiology and Dean of Postgraduate Education at the Natural History Museum, London and an Honorary Professor of Palaeobiology at University College London. She is also President of The Linnean Society of London, where Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was first presented in 1858.

She grew up around Detroit, Michigan (USA), but spent long periods in India growing up, where her love of nature was first sparked by seeing a tiger when she was 4 years old. She studied Biology and Geology at the University of Michigan and conducted her PhD research on mammal evolution at the University of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History before moving to London to take up a research fellowship at the Natural History Museum. Before coming back to the Natural History Museum as a research leader, she lectured at the University of Cambridge and University College London.

Anjali specialises in the evolution of animal shape, especially skulls, and she has led expeditions to search for fossils all over the world, especially India, Argentina, and Svalbard. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Palaeontological Association’s President’s Medal, the Linnean Society’s Bicentenary Medal, the Zoological Society of London’s Scientific Medal, and HumanistUK’s Darwin Day Medal.

She is passionate about inspiring people around the world to explore, study, and protect nature and hopes everyone will get out and get their hands and feet dirty while learning more about this amazing planet we live on.