Gina Blaxill

GINA Blaxill has an English degree from Cambridge University and now works in schools liaison, helping teenagers puzzle out the mysteries of higher education. Between the ages of 11 and 15 she wrote an epic 36 part story featuring over …

Helen Brandom

HELEN Brandom is a former primary school teacher who has written for the stage as well as TV and radio. Her TV commissions include series episodes for Granada Television, Carlton TV and the BBC. In addition to an original Woman’s …

Pamela Butchart

PAMELA Butchart lives in Dundee with her baby boy and their two awesome cats, Bear and Carlos. If she wasn’t working as a writer and a teacher she’d like to open a luxury hotel for stray cats. As a child, …

Christina Collins

CHRISTINA Collins is the author of After Zero, a debut middle grade novel that was published by Sourcebooks in the USA in 2018. Christina’s stories and poems have appeared in over a dozen publications, including Jabberwock Review, Weave Magazine, and …

Jim Daly

JIM Daly is a comedian, presenter, actor and podcaster. His warm and engaging style has seen him performing at comedy clubs all over the UK as well as grow his comedy YouTube channel to 32 million views and over 100,000 …

Donna David

DONNA David grew up in the West Midlands in a house full of noisy siblings, fun parents, mad aunties and maggots (her dad is a fisherman). She’d often be found reading by torch light way after bed time and this …

Louise Finch

LOUISE Finch has worked for over a decade in the non-profit sector on issues including women’s rights and health. She grew up in a small town in the Midlands and graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in Art History …

Sam Gayton

SAM Gayton lives by the sea in Margate. In 2009 he completed the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa University and not long after published his first book, The Snow Merchant. He loves American novels, Italian food and …

Sital Gorasia Chapman

Sital Gorasia Chapman left a career in banking, trained as a yoga teacher, had three children and then started writing. She studied Writing for Children at the City Lit and her picture book entry was commended for the FAB awards …

Ruth Hatfield

RUTH Hatfield lives in Cambridge, however as a field archaeologist she is often to be found in far flung locations around the world. Ruth has been writing stories for most of her life, and what she loves most is to …

Larry Hayes

LARRY Hayes is easily distracted. So when he’s not writing books for children he can be found working as an investment fund manager, the trustee for a homeless charity and on Fridays he home-schools his two kids by letting them …

Peter Jones

PETER Jones started professional life as a particularly rubbish graphic designer, followed by a stint as a mediocre petrol pump attendant. After that he got embroiled in the murky world of credit cards until a freak accident with a zip …

Jay Joseph

J M Joseph grew up on the East Coast of America before crossing the ocean to Ireland, where he studied for four years and later settled in England. He now lives in Bristol with his wife, three children and two …

Titania Krimpas

TITANIA Krimpas trained in drama and theatre arts at the University of Birmingham and Central School of Speech and Drama. Before studying for an MA in Writing for Children at Bath Spa she wrote a stage adaptation of The Little …

Mike Lancaster

MIKE Lancaster lives in Cambridge with his wife, kids, dogs, cats, horses, the Leopard Geckos, and somewhere in between the zoo-keeping he writes stories. His first novel, 0.4 was published by Egmont Press both the UK and in the US …

Giles Paley-Phillips

GILES Paley-Phillips grew up on the south coast and left school at 16 to join a band, the highlight of which was performing at Glastonbury festival. Giles turned to writing after becoming a father and is the author of nine …

Sharon Tregenza

SHARON Tregenza was born and brought up in Cornwall but has since lived in many places including, Cyprus, Dubai, Sharjah and Wales. Her debut novel, Tarantula Tide won the Kelpie’s prize, The Heart of Hawick Award and was long-listed for …

Rachel Valentine

RACHEL Valentine was born in Kent and grew up in both the UK and Germany. She read psychology at Warwick University, then physiotherapy at Brunel. She then practiced as a physiotherapist in the NHS in London until her husband’s work …

Sue Wallman

SUE Wallman is a former magazine journalist who now works in a secondary school library. She grew up on the south coast of England, and graduated from Oxford Brookes with a degree in Publishing and English, and now lives in …

Jacqueline Whitehart

JACQUELINE Whitehart found traditional diets hard to fit into her life. But the 5:2 diet has proved different and has revolutionized her life. Jacqueline Whitehart is a huge advocate of the 5:2 diet and now a leading expert in the …

Joe Wilson

JOE Wilson has spent much of his life reporting on sport for the BBC. From dressage to darts, from Arbroath to Ahmedabad he’s followed the stories. Joe forged a path to journalism having failed in his initial career choices of …