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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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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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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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JK Rowling

Joanne Rowling always loved books as a child.  She wrote stories as a young child and had written her first novel at the age of eleven. She continued this love of reading and read so widely that at university she amassed a £50 fine for overdue books! The idea for Harry Potter came whilst waiting […]

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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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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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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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Matt Haig

Matt Haig has written many acclaimed books for children, but first began writing adult fiction. Translated into over 40 different languages, A Boy Called Christmas was an instant success and is even being made into a film. His heart warming and charming children’s books have won many awards including, the Smarties Gold Medal and the […]

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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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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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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is an author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, and films. He has been given much praise for his children’s books, Coraline and The Graveyard Book.

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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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Onjali Raúf

Onjali Q. Raúf* is the award-winning author of her debut book, The Boy at the Back of the Class. Her second book is called The Star Outside My Window and delicately deals with the issue of domestic abuse. Her latest book, The Night Bus Hero, is eagerly anticipated and explores the theme of homelessness. She […]

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Patrice Lawrence

Patrice Lawrence* is a multiple award-winning author and journalist. She has a gift for tackling important and heavy themes with light and hope, and her books brilliantly touch on issues such as racism, bullying and crime. Patrice was born in Brighton and raised in an Italian-Trinidadian family in mid-Sussex. She now lives in London with […]

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Peter G Bell

P.G. Bell* is a native of south Wales, where he was raised on a diet of Greek mythology, ghost stories and Doctor Who. He’s had all sorts of jobs over the years, from lifeguard to roller coaster operator, but has always wanted to write stories. He lives in Wales with his wife Anna and their […]

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Phil Earle & Michael Wagg

Phil Earle* was born in Hull and his only ambition was to play football for Hull City. After working in a bookshop’s kid’s department, he discovered a passion for children’s literature.He’s now an award-winning novelist for children and young adults. Michael Wagg* is a playwright and actor, and as well as writing for theatre he has written for the […]

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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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Rashmi Sirdeshpande

Rashmi Sirdeshpande is a lawyer turned children’s author, with two young children who ask her lots of questions. Rashmi writes non-fiction picture books that ignite children’s curiosity, as well as fictional stories that crackle with imagination. When she’s not playing with words, you’ll find her on her yoga mat twisting herself into all sort of […]

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Richard Lambert

Richard Lambert was born in London. He has had many different jobs including teaching medieval history. For the last ten years he has lived in Norfolk where he works for the NHS and writes stories and poems. One of his stories was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award and another won the Fish […]

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Rick Riordan

Rick Riordan has written many books for young readers, most notably including the Percy Jackson series. Rick fist began writing books for adults whilst working full time as a teacher. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was Rick’s first story for young readers and actually began as a bedtime story for his son Haley. After […]

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RJ Palacio

Raquel Jaramill, more commonly known as R.J. Palacio, is an American author born into a family of immigrants from Colombia. She is most famous for her best-selling book, Wonder, which was turned into a film.

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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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Robin Scott-Elliot

Robin Scott-Elliot has been a sports journalist for 25 years with the BBC, ITV, the Sunday Times, the Independent and the ‘i’, covering every sport you can think of and a few you probably can’t. His most memorable moment was covering the Paralympics for The Independent, which he called ‘a life-affirming experience’. He threw that […]

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Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery is the award-winning children’s author of bestselling middle grade fiction and picture books, including Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door, Space Tortoise and Max and the Millions. He previously worked as a primary school teacher and now tours the country for school events and festivals.

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Ruth Morgan

Ruth Morgan was born in Carmarthen and grew up in Llandovery. She has written fiction, poetry and plays for children of all ages and scripts for animation and radio. She lives in Penarth, south Wales, in a family of enthusiastic gamers who also love real life adventures. Ruth is also an Additional Learning Needs Co-ordinator […]

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Sally Gardner & Lydia Corry

Sally Gardner gained a first class degree at a leading London art college and became a successful theatre costume designer before illustrating and writing books. Her debut novel, I, Coriander won the Nestle Gold Award and she is also a Costa and Carnegie prize-winner. Her books have been translated all over the world and have […]

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Samuel J. Halpin

Born in Tasmania with Irish roots, Samuel J. Halpin* is 27 and writes daily. Having studied journalism at the University of New South Wales, Samuel went on to take cinematography at AFTRS, the national Australian film school in Sydney before moving to London and working in comedy TV production. The Peculiar Peggs of Riddling Woods […]

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Sarah Todd Taylor

Born in Lancashire, Sarah* was brought up in Yorkshire and moved to Wales aged eight. She studied History at university and remained in higher education, as a researcher and then as a strategic planner. She has had short stories published in several anthologies. She also loves singing and helped found AberOpera, Aberystwyth’s opera group. She […]

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Sharon Cohen

Sharon Cohen was born in Lancashire but spent most of her early childhood in West Yorkshire. After graduating with a first-class science degree and a doctorate, Sharon worked as a scientific writer. Her passion for children’s fiction emerged following the birth of her first son and she completed the Open University Children’s Literature course in 2011 […]

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Sharon Marie Jones

Sharon Marie Jones* lives just outside Aberystwyth, mid-Wales. She is married and is Mam to three sons. She grew up in mountainous North Wales and listened in wide-eyed wonderment to local folk tales about giants and fairies. She even had her very own fairy door on the crab apple tree at the bottom of their garden. […]

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Shirley Marr

Shirley Marr is a first generation Chinese-Australian living in sunny Perth and an author of Young Adult and children’s fiction. Her titles are A Glasshouse of Stars, Little Jiang, Preloved and Fury.  It was while she was working on a very dry Accounting PhD that she realised she’d rather be writing down her dark, twisted daydreams […]

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