Barry and Emma Tranter are the creators of the Rounds series – Barry creates the artwork, and Emma is responsible for the texts. Barry has been working in the creative industries since he left university with a degree in Graphic Communication. He has worked at some of the UK’s top design agencies and is passionate about the power design and ideas have to change things for the better. Emma works for an international top 10 design agency and specialises in helping to develop effective brands and communication for multinational clients. Barry and Emma are firm believers in education through play. Their original vision was to forge a new genre of children’s literature that would bridge the gap between fact and fiction. They are really pleased with the in-roads that Rounds is making into this area. They live in London with their young son.
Tara Lilly is an artist and illustrator living in northern California with her husband Charles and daughter June. Tara’s whimsical illustrations are found on fabric, children’s products, home and garden decor, and a variety of paper goods. Tara grew up on family farmland in rural northern California surrounded by the redwood forest, open meadows and the sweet sounds of birds singing. She has always had a love for nature, and it is one of her biggest inspirations. She is also inspired by old picture books, folk art, antique textiles and mid-century design. Her illustration portfolio can be found at taralillystudio.com.
Eilidh Muldoon studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in June 2013 and returning as Illustrator in Residence the following year. She now teaches Illustration to undergraduate students part-time at the college.
Eilidh grew up in a Scottish coastal town called North Berwick and now lives in Edinburgh with her husband and puppy Maggie, who is made mostly of hair and mischief. When she’s not drawing, she’s usually thinking about drawing, but can also be found walking Maggie on the beach, reading or swimming.
Helen Stephens gets very cold sitting at her desk, but she is a trooper and still makes lots of lovely books. She is best known for her How to Hide a Lion series, which includes How to Hide a Lion, the much more specific How to Hide a Lion from Grandma and the very useful How to Hide a Lion at School. How to Hide a Lion was adapted for stage by the Polka Theatre, where they make lots of amazing children’s theatre including We’re going on a Bear Hunt. Helen has illustrated stories for some of her favourite authors, including Roger McGough, Michael Morpurgo, Sophie Hannah, Holly Webb and Cecile Aubry. She lives on the windy Northumberland coast with her partner and fellow illustrator Gerry Turley, her daughter and her (very smelly) scruffy mutt Peggy.
From an early age, Lisa Sheehan knew art and drawing would be her career in one form or another. After studying BA illustration at Kingston Uni many moons ago, Lisa fell into the world of graphic design, becoming an Art Director for the Financial Times. After having her two young daughters she rekindled her love of illustration and enrolled on the MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.
Since graduating she has illustrated a picture book by Margaret Wise Brown, which was shortlisted for the AOI awards, and her first picture book for Nosy Crow is Lionel and the Lion’s Share.
Lisa currently works part-time at the FT as Senior 2D / 3D Visualiser / Designer (and all round image-maker). She gets her best ideas whilst out running and lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, two daughters and a huge daft ginger Main Coon cat called Chester.
Ella Risbridger is a writer from London. Her first cook book, Midnight Chicken (& Other Recipes Worth Living For), was named a Book Of The Year 2019 by half a dozen different publications, including The Times, The Daily Mail, and The Observer. The Secret Detectives is her debut children’s book.