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Alex Cotter

Alex Cotter has worked hard all her life at daydreaming, while making a living from words: from bookselling at W.H.Smith and book PR at Colman Getty to teaching creative writing.

Alex lives near Bath in an ancient house, with cobwebs, creaky floorboards, ghosts, one husband, two children and a revolutionary cat called Trotsky.

David Melling

David grew up in London with various siblings and a selection of animals (the dog is probably worth a mention). His father was a sculptor and David would often gawp in wonderment at how faces would slowly emerge from blocks of wood, sheets of metal or bits of plastic. It took him a while to decide what he wanted to do with his pencils (he never stopped drawing), and for a period of time, back in the 1980’s, he worked as a cel-renderer and background artist in several animation studios.

By the mid 1990’s he began illustrating children’s books. In 2001 he wrote and illustrated the first of his own picture books; The Kiss That Missed which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway award. He is probably best known for his Hugless Douglas series. To date he has created around 150 books in over 30 languages.

David lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two children. Currently, there are no pets to speak of, now he’s over the hamster/stick insect phase.

Caroline Bonne Müller

Caroline was born in France and grew up in the Netherlands, where she studied Fashion Design in Amsterdam and worked 14 years as a fashion designer. her three children were born in Spain and the family lived for four years in Malaysia.

Caroline has been fascinated by picture books since she was a child. When she had children, she couldn’t stop buying beautiful illustrated picture books. This is when the seed was planted, and she knew she wanted to illustrate picture books of her own one day!

Now she is a published illustrator and living with her family and four stray cats from Malaysia in Switzerland, looking over a lake and mountains!

Ekaterina Trukhan

Ekaterina Trukhan creates illustrations for children’s books, magazines and products. She is also the author of several children’s books. Originally from Russia, she graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in London and now she lives the digital nomad life traveling with her husband and their dog.

Hayley Webster

a primary school teacher and writer of the Teacup House Series for emerging readers (Usborne). Luna Rae Is Not Alone is her first middle grade book.

Johnny Dyrander

Johnny Dyrander is an illustrator based in Stockholm, Sweden. He was born and raised above the Arctic circle in northern Sweden and grew up surrounded by reindeer and northern light. He moved to Stockholm in his early twenties and began studying at various art schools. He’s been working as an illustrator since he finished his studies at the University College of Arts, Crafts & Design in Stockholm.
When he’s not spending time in his office illustrating, Johnny likes to travel, spend time with his family or drive down to his house in southern Sweden, pick up a hammer and saw and pretend to be a carpenter. He builds things in wood with quite mixed results.

Tom Froese

Tom Froese is an award winning illustrator and teacher. He is passionate about making work that makes people happy. In his work, you will experience a flurry of joyful colours, spontaneous textures and quirky shapes.

As a commercial artist, Tom has worked for brands and businesses all over the world, including Yahoo!, Airbnb, and GQ France. The Castle the King Built is Tom’s second published picture book, the first being Whose Boat? by Toni Buzzeo (Abrams Appleseed, 2018).

Originally from the Toronto area, Tom graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design with a B.Des (honours) in 2009. He then moved to Vancouver, BC, where he began his creative career and eventually became a family man.

Tom now works from his home studio in the small village of Yarrow, about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver. He lives with his wife Amanda and daughters Nina and Marie – and a funny cat named Blueberry.

Rebecca Colby

Rebecca started “writing” before she learned the alphabet, creating songs from her imagination and memorising the lyrics. Then at age 12, she won an essay contest and received a plane trip as her prize. This fuelled her dreams of becoming an author.

When not writing, Rebecca loves to dance, walk and avoid housework. She lives in North Yorkshire with her two daughters, three snails and multiple bunnies – dust bunnies, that is.

Kate Wilson

Elizabeth Jenner

Nia Roberts

Angie Rozelaar

Angie was born into a big unruly family in Kent. Ever since she was little, all she ever wanted to do was to draw and paint and she still can’t quite believe her luck that she’s now allowed to do this all day and call it her ‘job’. Apart from illustrating picture books, Angie works with companies around the world to create illustrations for greeting cards, games, toys, puzzles, calendars and clothing. In 2017 she set up the brand PlanetCat® to license a range of her popular cat illustrations from her instagram account @angierozelaar. Angie and her family are now based in France, where they live in an old Normandy farmhouse alongside a growing menagerie of rescue animals, including cats, chickens and donkeys.