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Alex Bell

Alex Bell* wrote her first published novel when she was nineteen and has since gone on to write books for children and adults. She works part-time for the Citizens Advice Bureau and lives in Hampshire with her husband and two very naughty Siamese cats. *Official VIP featured author

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Andy Shepherd

Andy Shepherd* is the author of ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ series. Growing up on the Essex coast she spent most of her time scribbling stories and messing about in boats – and mud. She now lives near Cambridge with her husband and two sons and spends much of her time trying to figure out how […]

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Andy Stanton

Andy Stanton* is an award-winning children’s author, whose hilarious ‘Mr Gum’ books have sold nearly four million copies in the UK alone. They have been translated into more than thirty languages and have won lots of awards, including the Red House Children’s Book Award and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In addition, he has written […]

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Anthony Horowitz

Anthony Horowitz is one of Britain’s best loved and bestselling authors. He has been writing stores since the age of ten and is now the author of over 40 books including the bestselling Diamond Brothers, Power of Five and the sensational Teenage spy series Alex Rider which is currently being made into a new Television […]

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Charlotte Lo

Charlotte Lo* wrote her first story when she was six years old, on a square of bumpy kitchen towel. Some years later, she enrolled on a masters degree in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, and graduated with distinction. When not writing, Charlotte can often be found wandering the countryside with her camera. […]

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Elaine Wickson

Elaine* Wickson: My school reports said I was a bit of a daydreamer, but that’s because I was too busy thinking up stories about plashbabbles and horrabillies. Nowadays I like to think of myself as a professional daydreamer, and am often found in the Plotting Shed at the bottom of the garden, where all my […]

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Holly Webb

Holly always had a passion for writing as a child and it was her work experience job at Scholastic Children’s Books at the age of 15 which led her further into the world of writing. Having wanted to become a librarian so she could spend the entire day reading, she was disappointed to learn that […]

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Jacqueline Wilson

Jaqueline Wilson always wanted to be a writer and as a child would fill exercise books with her writing. Before writing full time, Jaqueline worked for a magazine publishing company and was a journalist. She introduced her most famous character in 1991 with The Story of Tracey Beaker. It was so popular, a CBBC series […]

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Jarrett Lerner

Thanks to a pair of bookish, artistically inclined parents and older siblings, Jarrett* discovered the wonders and delights of reading, writing, and drawing at an early age. He hasn’t stopped doing them ever since. His first-ever book project was a comic book about a family of ducks, titled “The Ducks.” Since then, Jarrett has authored EngiNerds and […]

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Jeff Kinney

Roald Dahl wrote many books for adults before finding fame with his children’s stories. Written for his own children, James and the Giant Peach was a brilliant success and was turned into a film in 1996. Many of Roald dahl’s stories featured gruesome experiences and the villains were often adults, which made his writing different […]

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Jill Murphy

Jill Murphy is a widely acclaimed children’s author who is best known for her series, The Worst Witch. She began writing as a young child and it was her experiences whilst at a convent school in London which gave her the inspiration for The Worst Witch. She finished writing The Worst Witch aged 18 but […]

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Jim Smith

‘I am not a Loser’ by Barry Loser, the first of a series of children’s books ‘spellchecked’ by Jim Smith*, was published in 2012, having already sold rights to nine countries. The sequel, ‘I am Still Not a Loser’ was the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and declared the funniest book for […]

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Jonathan Meres

Jonathan Meres is the award-winning author of the series, The World of Norm. The series has been translated into 20 different languages and in the UK alone has sold close to one million copies.  He has written over 30 books for children and has written for TV and radio. He has also appeared on TV […]

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Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson* is a children’s novelist born in Essex, UK.  Her debut novel, The Goldfish Boy, was published in the UK in 2017, where it was a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and went on to become a bestseller. The Goldfish Boy has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal, The Branford Boase Award and […]

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Marie Basting

When Marie Basting* was fifteen, she was told by a careers advisor that girls like her don’t become writers. For a long time, she believed this. But then something magical happened and Marie finally came to realise that girls like her can do anything they want.  Princess BMX is her debut novel. Marie lives in […]

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Nizrana Farook

Nizrana Farook* was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the beautiful landscapes of her home country find their way into the stories she writes. She has a master’s degree in writing for young people, and lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two daughters. Her first book, The Girl Who Stole an Elephant […]

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Rachel R Russell

Rachel Renee Russell is the author of the much loved Dork Diaries series. The series now has 13 books, has sold more than 45 million copies globally and has been translated into over 36 different languages. The inspiration for the series comes from her daughter, Nikki, and the adventures in the books are based on […]

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RL Stine

Robert Lawrence Stine is best known for his horror series, Goosebumps though he did not begin his writing career with horror. He worked as an editor on his university campus humour magazine and then some years later as an editor at Scholastic Books working mainly in humour including on the humour magazine for older children, […]

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl wrote many books for adults before finding fame with his children’s stories. Written for his own children, James and the Giant Peach was a brilliant success and was turned into a film in 1996. Many of Roald dahl’s stories featured gruesome experiences and the villains were often adults, which made his writing different […]

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Steven Butler

Steven Butler grew up in Kent, but now lives in London. He is the author of the bestselling The Diary Of Dennis The Menace and The Wrong Pong fiction series. As well as writing the hit 2015 World Book Day title, World Menace Day, Steven also is the regular host of  World Book Day’s The Biggest Book Show on […]

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