Jane Blatt, mother of two grown-up children and spouse to an American scientist, lives and works in Glasgow. She is an experienced teacher of young children and an accomplished violinist. Working with the Nosy Crow Team ‘has been great fun’ and she hopes that this foray into the commercial world will not be her last! Jane believes that keeping real books alive through the play and learning of young children is vital to the continuance of the whole genre as well as being a basis for the later skills of reading and writing.
Clover Robin is a surface pattern designer and illustrator. She grew up in glorious Devon before training and graduating from Leeds College of Art and Design in 2007, followed by a Masters from Central Saint Martins in 2009.
She delights in nature and all things botanical, inspired by a childhood of woodland walks and countryside rambles.
Clover is currently based in Greenwich, London where all of her artwork is lovingly hand-crafted and printed.
After many years spent living in California working at Lucasfilm, Susan Moore returned to the green and pleasant lands of England. She now lives with her husband and daughter near the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Surrey where she loves to walk her two, small, but really fast chippets. On rainy mornings when a damp mist descends on the landscape, and Susan is lost once again, she can easily imagine how Conan-Doyle was inspired to write Hound of the Baskervilles. As well as the world of the past she is fascinated by the potential of the near-future and its use of technology. She recently received an MA with distinction in Creative Writing from Kingston University.
Gerry Turley is an illustrator and printmaker. He was born and raised in Glasgow where he studied Illustration at the Glasgow School of Art, and then Natural History Illustration at the Royal College of Art. His illustrations are made by building layers of print and drawing to make distinctive images. He is known for his sensitive depiction of animals, often drawn on location – one of the most memorable drawing trips was to the Swiss Alps in an area where a bear had been spotted shortly before – exciting and a bit unnerving!
Harriet Lynas is an award-winning children’s book illustrator who lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and their son. She has always loved doodling since she was able to hold a pencil and decided to become an illustrator at the age of ten. After studying Visual Communication Design at University, Harriet worked as a graphic designer in the fashion industry before becoming a children’s book illustrator. When she is not drawing, she enjoys cooking exotic foods and country walking.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Philadelphia, Jannie studied at Parsons School of Design in New York. After working as a graphic designer and an art director at Nickelodeon, Scholastic, and TIME Magazine for Kids, she decided that illustration was her true calling. Jannie (also known as Chicken Girl) now specialises in illustrating for the children’s market, with her work appearing in both trade and educational books, magazines, toys, crafts and digital media. She lives with her husband and daughter in Boston.
Christine was born a little before midnight on New Year’s Eve in 1984. She has always loved books and as a child could be found trying her best to draw just like Beatrix Potter.
She went on to study Illustration for Children’s Publishing at the North East Wales School of Art and has been illustrating since she left in 2006. Christine has created illustrations for children’s books, cards, toys and clothing with companies based in the UK, US, France and Australia.
She lives and works in a Post Office in the Peak District with her partner Ste and Yorkshire terrier, Suzie.
Jarvis is the illustrator of Poles Apart and I’m In Charge. He did lots of different jobs before creating his first children’s book, including work as a bingo caller, a bouncy-castle painter, a record-sleeve designer and an animation director. He’s always doodled characters, and thinks that everything he’s done in the past has helped make him a better children’s picture book illustrator and writer…Maybe not the bingo calling…
Jarvis wants the books he creates to be very personal, and particularly loves the nature of children’s books, what they can do and how they can be kept and loved as little treasures.