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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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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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Claire Barker

Claire Barker grew up within earshot of the sea, has lived on narrowboats, in busy cities and on a wild little farm in Devon. She was once employed to brush Persian cats’ fur in a spooky hilltop mansion. These days she’s to be found writing magical stories in an iron wagon in the middle of […]

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Dan Smith

Growing up, Dan Smith* led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the paddy fields of South East Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories . […]

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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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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* is a former paper boy, merchant seaman, ice cream van driver, hand model, security guard, pop video extra, voice-over artist and Perrier Award-nominated stand-up comedian. As an actor, he’s appeared on TV and in movies. As a writer, he’s written for TV and radio, but is best known for being the author of nearly […]

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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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Matt Brown

Matt Brown* is an author and a broadcaster who has presented on some of the UKs most popular TV shows like Nickelodeon, The Big Breakfast and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!  Although, he would readily admit that he has presented some of the UKs worst-ever shows too! He has also been on […]

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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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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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