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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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Annie Kelsey

Annie Kelsey is the pseudonym for the writer Kate Cary, who is behind a range of successful series of books include the Pippa Morgan and Signs of Love series for younger readers.

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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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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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Emer Stamp

Emer is an award-winning author and illustrator .  She grew up on a farm and always dreamt of being a vet. Her love of animals later helped give her the inspiration for the children’s books that she has written based on animals.

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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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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* 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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Liz Pichon

Liz Pichon is a British illustrator and children’s writer. She is best known for her Tom Gates series of “satirical realist comedy fiction”, which have been translated into 43 languages, and sold more than eight million copies worldwide.

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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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Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain’s best loved writers for children with sales of over 35 million copies. He has written over 150 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize and the Whitbread Award. In 2005 he won the Blue Peter Book Award for his novel Private Peaceful, which was also adapted into […]

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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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