Andy writes jokes, stories and wacky facts and he knows loads of totally useless information. Two of his greatest passions are cheese and table tennis, which he feels sure could be combined somehow one day. Andy lives on the side of a hill in the woolly wilds of North Yorkshire where he grows comedy vegetables and the best weeds for miles around. He also loves visiting schools and getting children reading for enjoyment.
Sarah grew up in Derbyshire, mainly under a snowdrift. She spent much of her childhood scampering in the nearby fields with a few goats. Then she decided to be sensible and studied Illustration at Falmouth College of Arts and gained a Masters degree at Kingston University. Sarah lives in London and specialises in funny, inky illustration and words for children’s books.
Alison grew up in Lanarkshire near Glasgow and studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating, she moved to London where she did a variety of jobs, including selling books for Waterstones and designing rugs for Habitat, before going back to university again to study design for interactive media. She co-founded a successful interactive media company but now works mainly as an illustrator and author of picture books.
Leigh is an award-winning animator and worked as art director on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, Charlie and Lola. She is also an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who is absolutely passionate about writing, making things up and daydreaming. Among her many brilliant picture books is Don’t Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate, written by Caryl Hart, which won Highly Commended in the 2010 Sheffield Children’s Book Award, Picture Book Category. Leigh lives and works in Lewes and is married with two children.
Originally from Iceland, Hrefna has lived and studied in the UK for the past 14 years. After completing an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Arts, she spent many years working as an animator on various children’s TV series, before entering the exciting world of picture books.
Amongst other things, Hrefna likes watching wildlife documentaries and reading funny animal facts. She feels there is a lot to be learnt from animals. For instance, did you know that sea otters hold hands when they sleep to keep them from drifting apart?
When she’s not at her desk thinking up new characters and storylines, Hrefna likes baking cakes, riding her bike and going on mini adventures in the countryside.
Stephan Lomp is the illustrator of Follow that Car and There’s a Moose on the Loose. Sometime during primary school he decided he wanted to be an illustrator, so Stephan started making his own comic books and painting pictures for his friends. As an adult, Stephan spent many years working for ad agencies, web agencies and event marketing companies, doing character design and editorial illustrations. Then, in 2009 his first picture book was published. Recently, Stephan has illustrated for several publishers in Germany, Spain and France. He is now working on his own stories, which he can’t wait to illustrate. Stephan lives in Dusseldorf, Germany, and his website and blog can be found here: www.lomp.de.
Elspeth was born during a snowstorm in Northumberland, England. After university, she became passionately interested in reading to her children and understanding how children learn to read. Elspeth began to write books for children -some with her husband, and fellow author, Mal Peet. Mal’s stories became longer and longer and he went on to be an award-winning author of books for young adults.
Mal and Elspeth loved writing picture books together and continued to do so until Mal’s death in 2015. The Treasure of Pirate Frank is one of the last picture books that they wrote together. Elspeth is still passionately interested in stories and the pleasure that there is in the simple act of reading. Elspeth lives in Devon with her dog Pedro.
Mark is an illustrator who has the best job in the world. Whilst studying fashion design in the 90s, he realised he only liked the drawing bit (Mark is still unable to sew a button hole to save his life), so he changed career paths and has been lucky enough to devote his time to inventing new characters and collaborating with many fantastic authors ever since. He has also built up a rather impressive collection of paintbrushes.
After spending 20 years living in Shoreditch, Mark and his partner recently upped sticks and moved to Kent where, when he isn’t illustrating books with fantastic publishing houses like Nosy Crow, he likes to wander through forests, hills and heathland with his big, smelly, and wonderful dog Bungle.
Tracey was the first commissioning editor on Scholastic’s Horrible Histories series, and also worked across all their non-fiction titles. She lives in Bath with her partner and son and a big dog, and writes all sorts of funny and clever things, such as the Disgusting Dictionary and many titles for the Dead Famous series.