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.
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.
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.
Stephanie always wanted to be an author, but she didn’t start being an author until she was really quite old because she was busy doing other things (and also because she was bit scared in case she was rubbish). Some of the other things Stephanie did before she began writing books include: teaching English to grown-up French people, running a photography agency in New York and working as a journalist in London.
Stephanie now juggles freelance commissions for the British press with writing for children. When she’s not writing, she enjoys working with schools to promote literacy and the love of reading. She runs a book club at Wallace Fields Junior School in Epsom and is Patron of Reading for Clapham Terrace Primary in Royal Leamington Spa. Stephanie lives in Surrey with her husband, two daughters and Bob the Golden Retriever. Bob is the most hairy but least mischievous member of the family.
Gwen Millward works from her bijou studio in the infamous Centrespace Studios in Bristol. She has been illustrating and writing Children’s books since she graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2002. More recently she has worked with the Barbican designing and illustrating their children’s activity sheets and guides for the Culture Mile. Gwen has a young son who is the inspiration for pretty much all of her drawings.
Hannah Alice is an illustrator from the UK based in London. Her days are spent drawing with her lurcher Eli by her side. Hannah is continually inspired and influenced by the natural world, toys, documentaries and photography as well as everyday objects and spaces and the actions and needs of her local community. She likes to explore how we can communicate information and ideas especially through the process of learning through play, making working on books and toys especially important to her.
Hannah graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2006 with a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration and works as a freelance illustrator.
Goldie Hawk (also known as Tegen Evans) is a children’s book writer and editor based in London. She spent much of her childhood running wild on Wimbledon Common or with her nose in a book. Nowadays, she spends her time researching and writing about all kinds of topics – historical houses, nature, Greek myths, pumpkin hunts, alpine adventures and more.
Rachael Saunders is an illustrator based in Hampshire, UK. With a strong interest in the rich printed aesthetic of 1960’s children’s books, her work explores colour, shape and texture in a vibrant and humorous manner. Since graduating from Falmouth University in 2014, she has worked with a wide range of international clients including The Wall Street Journal, Radley and Walker Books. From a young age Rachael has always loved to draw; to now have her hobby become a career, she feels extremely blessed.
Marisa Morea is a freelance illustrator based in Madrid, Spain. She lived in Barcelona for a couple of years and she graduated in a MA Illustration at Eina School in Barcelona in 2009. After a few years working as an Art Director in several advertising agencies, Marisa decided to quit and try as a full-time illustrator. So far, she’s worked with many international clients from the United States, Australia, UK, France and Singapore.
In her spare time, Marisa is an Asthanga yogi and a classic cinema lover. She also goes crazy for music and enjoys creating covers of her favourite songs on the guitar.
Chae Strathie is an award-winning children’s author and journalist who grew up in a tiny village surrounded by a forest in Scotland, which probably explains a lot. His first attempt at professional writing was creating a Star Wars comic at the age of seven. He sold two copies and made a total of four pence. A regular at major book festivals, Chae has toured the length and breadth of the UK and visited schools as far afield as Romania, reading his stories, acting the goat and singing silly songs about worm ice cream and beard-growing. He lives in Dundee with three annoying cats and a very old goldfish called Lazarus.
Jesús Verona’s work is divided between children’s illustration and illustration for an agency. His main interests are nature, art, typography, architecture, and design. In his illustrations you will see the love for details and vivid colours, the intention to make a positive and didactic illustration close to realism. Jesús was born in Madrid but lives in Stockholm together with his wife and their three children. He studied design and illustration at the School of arts in Stockholm.
Moira Butterfield lived and travelled in lots of different locations as a child, and still thinks our world is an endlessly exciting place to explore. She went on to study literature and become an author of children’s non-fiction and fiction. She believes there are no limits to the imagination or to the wonder of our planet and so she has written about many different subjects, from ancient treasures to future worlds via pirates, kings, jungles and sea monsters. Moira lives in Bath, Somerset, with her family. She loves to cycle, sew and sing.