Antoine is an illustrator and creative conjurer, who has worked with major brands, newspapers and advertising agencies across the world. He specialises in creating colourful, fun and beautifully striking work featuring busy patchworks of texture, imagery and typography. Antoine is a keen sailor and also loves sports that involve standing on a board, like surfing and skating … but not diving as that’s a bit scary.
Scott is a children’s author and former sports journalist, who will happily watch Olympic taekwondo way past his bedtime. It has taken him over forty years to discover that he is only good at sports that involve water – swimming, water polo, Octopush and diving from the side of the pool. He’s average at everything else, so that’s why he writes about sport instead of becoming an Olympic gold medallist. Scott is the football-mad author of Llamas Go Large and Llamas United and now lives in Yorkshire with his wife, two children and a cat.
Sol is a children’s book illustrator and graphic designer from Buenos Aires. Her illustrations are filled with details and beautiful colors focused on children’s products like books, puzzles, board books and memory games. Sol has worked for Airbnb, Pottery Barn Kids, Unicef and international magazines such as Oprah, Jamie Oliver, Wired and The Washington Post.
Catherine Bruton studied English at Oxford University and has been juggling life as a teacher, children’s author and mum for the past fifteen years. As an English teacher she sees first hand the impact stories can have on young readers – opening their eyes, expanding their horizons, making them ask questions and see the world differently. Her books tackle some of the big issues faced by young people today – terrorism, immigration, the cult of celebrity, the refugee crisis – in ways that are heart-breaking, often hilarious, but invariably hopeful. As her alter-ego Cate Shearwater, she is also the author of the much-loved Somersaults and Dreams series.
Cath Howe is a teacher working in London, writing for, and working with, Key Stage 2 primary age children. Cath runs workshops in schools on everything to do with writing and performing.
As a child, Julie was always telling tales. Not the ‘she ate all the cake not me’ kind but wildly exaggerated tales of everyday events. Julie still loves telling stories. She’s written 90 books for children of all ages and is published around the world.
Julie lives in Hampshire in an old cottage with her family and a white wolf – cunningly disguised as a dog. When she’s not writing she likes eating cake, reading and walking, often at the same time.
Marion Billet was born in 1982 in Lyon, France. After school she studied children’s book illustration at the Emile Cohl School. Marion has had around 80 children’s books published in 11 different countries. Her adorable characters have appeared in magazines, on stationery and toys, as well as on children’s furniture and clothes. For fun, Marion loves to dance. She currently lives in Paris, with her husband and their daughter.
Born in Chobham and raised outside Winchester, Fleur Hitchcock grew up as the youngest child of three. She spent her smallest years reading Tintin and Batman, and searching for King Alfred’s treasure. She grew up a little, went away to school near Farnham, studied English in Wales, and, for the next twenty years, sold Applied Art in the city of Bath. When her younger child was seven, she embarked on the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa and graduated with a distinction. Now living outside Bath, between parenting and writing, Fleur works with her husband, a toymaker, looks after other people’s gardens and tries to grow vegetables.
Sophy Williams is an award-winning illustrator with twenty-five years experience illustrating children’s books. While still studying, she twice won prizes in the Readers Digest Young Illustrator’s competition and was runner up for the Mother Goose Award for her first picture book. She spent some of her childhood in exotic locations such as Singapore, Hong Kong and the Middle East and often finds her illustrations being influenced by these places. Her pictures are filled with atmosphere and drama created with soft pastels. She now lives by the Kennet and Avon canal in Bradford on Avon with her husband, author/illustrator MP Robertson, their two lanky teenage sons and a mischievous grey cat called Hamish. When not illustrating she sings and performs in a choir, grows fruit and veg on her allotment and drinks lots coffee with her friends.
Linda Chapman has written over 200 books. She loves to collaborate with other writers, particularly her animal-mad friend, Julie Sykes. Linda lives in a cottage with a tower in Leicestershire with her husband, three children, three dogs and two ponies. When she’s not writing, Linda likes to read, ride and see friends as well as visiting schools to talk to young readers about books and writing.