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Abi Elphinstone

Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses, and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her treehouse, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher in Africa, Berkshire, and London. She is the author of the […]

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Aisha Bushby

Aisha Bushby was born in the Middle East and has lived in Kuwait, England and Canada. Her short story, Marionette Girl, was featured in the Stripes award-winning anthology, A Change is Gonna Come. She now lives by the sea and writes children’s books, sometimes with a little bit of magic in them. She loves cats, […]

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Alan Dapré

Alan Dapré is the author of sixty books for children. His stories and plays have been on BBC Radio and published for use in schools. A former TV scriptwriter, whose work was BAFTA nominated, Alan now writes zany stories for young readers. His new series stars Porridge the (world’s only) Tartan Cat, who lives by […]

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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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Ally Sherrick

Ally Sherrick* loves exploring ruined castles and decaying mansions and imagining what it must have been like to live in them without electricity and hot and cold running water – although she’s quite glad she doesn’t have to herself! She has a BA in medieval history and French from the University of Newcastle and an […]

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Anahita Teymorian

Anahita Teymorian* is an author and illustrator from Iran. She has a studio in Tehran and teaches children there. As well as writing and illustrating, Anahita works with animation. She has won awards at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and the Noma Concours. Books for Tiny Owl include There’s Room for Everyone (2018,), The Clever […]

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Andy Cope, Gavin Oattes & Will Hussey

From the multi-layered cupcake consisting of Andy Cope (Doctor of Happiness), Gavin Oattes (stand-up comedian), Will Hussey (an actual real teacher) and Amy Bradley (best illustrator evs) – this is your recipe book for having your cake and scoffing it. Diary of a Brilliant Kid works up your appetite to enjoy and savour every last […]

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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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Anne Booth & Robyn Wilson-Owen

Anne Booth is a highly-acclaimed children’s fiction and picture book author and is known for the exceptional warmth and authenticity of her writing. She lives in a village in Kent with her husband, four teenage children, and two hens. Robyn Owen-Wilson is a children’s book illustrator and author. She loves to create illustrations with dip […]

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Annelise Gray

Debut children’s author Annelise Gray was born in Bermuda and moved to the UK as a child. She grew up riding horses and dreaming of becoming a writer. After gaining a PhD in Classics from Cambridge, she worked as a researcher for authors and TV companies on topics as varied as Helen of Troy, Russian […]

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Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan* is a CILIP Carnegie Medal winning author who has published literary thrillers, numerous young adult novels and for younger children. Born in Manchester and having studied in Leeds, and has taught writing courses at several London universities, and was a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at StMary’s University College. Anthony now lives in London […]

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Bethany Walker

Bethany Walker grew up in North Lincolnshire. After studying History at university, she worked as a teacher and then as a museum educator in various weird and wonderful institutions. She lives in London with her husband and two young children. Chocolate Milk, X-Ray Specs and Me is Bethany’s debut book.

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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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Chris Callaghan

Chris* hasn’t always been an author but has always written stories. Real life has often got in his way. Even when he was an aircraft engineer in the Royal Air Force, he was still scribbling stories. He once had a back-seat trip in a jet fighter, which was very cool (but don’t tell anyone that […]

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Chris Priestley

Chris Priestley has always spooky stories and this helped to inspire him as a writer. Chris is particularly popular for his adult horror genre, however his children’s books have won acclaim, such as the brilliant Seven Ghosts.

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Chris Vick

Chris Vick* lives near Bath, with his wife and daughter. His new book, Girl. Boy. Sea. was published by Zephyr, August 2019 and tells the story of a girl and a boy shipwrecked in a storm off the coast of Morocco. ‘The sea seeped, poured, then stormed into my writing. The ocean is my subject- […]

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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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Claire Fayers

Claire Fayers grew up in South Wales, studied English and Comparative Literature at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and is now back in Wales where she spends a lot of her free time tramping around castles in the rain, looking for dragons. She has worked as a church caretaker, a shoe shop assistant, in […]

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Damaris Young

My name is Damaris Young and I am the author of The Switching Hour and The Creature Keeper, which are both aimed at 9+ readers. I love writing edge-of-your-seat adventures that have an environmental message, with brave characters, strong friendships and extraordinary animals. I studied on the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa […]

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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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Darren Simpson

Darren Simpson* lives in Nottingham with his wife and two mischievous boys. After not quite making it as a drummer in a rock band, Darren turned to writing and discovered that it’s a fun way not only to escape reality, but also to explore and confront it in unusual ways. He can usually be found […]

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Dunja Jogan and Olivia Hellewell

Dunja Jogan* is an illustrator and graphic designer who lives in Trieste, Italy. In 2015, her book The Elephant Tree was nominated for best picture book in Slovenia. Felix After the Rain (2020) is Dunja’s debut picture book for Tiny Owl. It has been translated from Slovenian into English by Olivia Hellewell. It was awarded […]

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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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Eloise Williams

Eloise Williams* was born in Cardiff and grew up in Llantrisant. She now lives in Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire, very close to the beach where she walks her dog Watson Jones and collects sea glass with her artist husband, Guy Manning. She worked in the theatre in various odd jobs before going on to study Drama at […]

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Eve McDonnell

Eve McDonnell* is a children’s author and artist, living half way up a hill in Wexford, Ireland. With her hands already full with paintbrushes, twins, a stray cat and a dog, a mysterious fortune- teller once told her to pick up a pen and Write! Write! Write! She listened, and now, on the rare occasion […]

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Ewa Jozefkowicz

Ewa* Jozefkowicz: I’ve loved reading for as long as I can remember. When I was little, I felt very lucky that my dad was a bookseller. I remember spending many school holidays tucked up in the corner of a bookshop, slowly reading my way through the children’s section. I was allowed to read as many […]

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James Nicol

James Nicol* has loved books and stories his whole life. He grew up near the North Norfolk coast, a place teeming with legends about witches! And as a child spent hours absorbed in novels, watching epic 1980s cartoons or adventuring in the wood at the bottom of the garden searching for dragons and witches! He […]

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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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Jennifer Killick

I have always loved reading and writing. Growing up, I kept a tower of books under my pillow for sneak-reading after lights out, and it became quite clear from a young age that putting words together in ways that made other people want to read them was basically the only thing I was any good […]

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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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Julie Pike

Julie* grew up on a council estate, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Welsh Valleys. She is passionate about adventure stories and volunteers in local schools and libraries, helping young readers find stories that excite them. She is passionate about real-life adventures too, and has crawled inside the pyramids of Egypt, crested Kilimanjaro […]

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Kate Milner

Kate Milner studied illustration at Central St Martin’s before completing an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University. Her work has been published in magazines, and her illustrations and prints have been shown in London galleries and national touring exhibitions. Kate won the V&A Illustration Award 2016 and the Klaus Flugge Prize 2018 […]

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Kate Wiseman

Kate* grew up in Oxford and was a late developer. She began writing when her son went to university, to stop herself trailing around pathetically and missing him. The idea for Blaggard’s School for Tomorrow’s Tyrants, also known as Gangster School, originated with her son, who used to tell people that when he grew up […]

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Katie & Kevin Tsang

Katie and Kevin Trang* are co-authors of the Sam Wu young fiction series and upcoming Dragon Mountain trilogy. They met in in 2008 while studying at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since then they have lived on three different continents and travelled to over 40 countries together. Kevin was born in Copenhagen and grew up […]

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Kirsty Applebaum

Kirsty* was born in Essex and grew up in Hampshire. She has had a wide variety of jobs including bookselling, railway re-signalling, picking stones off conveyor belts, putting lids on perfume bottles and teaching Pilates. She now lives with her husband on top of a hill in Winchester. Kirsty’s first book, The Middler, tells the story of […]

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Laura Dockrill

Laura Dockrill is an author, illustrator and performance poet. She is the author of Carnegie Medal-nominated YA novel Lorali and the Darcy Burdock series for younger readers, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2014. Laura grew up in Brixton and still lives in London.

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Lexi Rees

Lexi Rees* writes action packed adventures brim full of witch-doctors, fortune-tellers, warriors and smugglers, combining elemental magic with hints of dystopia. She also writes fun activity books for children. She’s passionate about developing a love of reading and writing in children and, as well as an active programme of school visits and other events, she […]

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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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Lorraine Gregory

Lorraine Gregory* was raised on a council estate in East London by an Austrian mother and an Indian father. Her love of reading and wild imagination led to years of making up stories but none of them made it to the page until she began writing them down for her son. Her debut children’s novel, […]

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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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Michelle Paver

Michelle Paver was born in central Africa but came to England as a child. After gaining a degree in Biochemistry at Oxford University, she was a partner at a City law firm, until she gave that up to write full time. She is the author of the bestselling, award-winning series that began with Wolf Brother. The series […]

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Nicola Davies

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, renowned for her bestselling nature writing and children’s fiction. Her many books for children include A First Book of Animals, Big Blue Whale, The Promise, King of the Sky and the critically acclaimed The Day War Came. She is a zoology graduate and has worked for the BBC Natural History […]

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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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