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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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Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for 10 years. Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero.

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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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Ally Sherick

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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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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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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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 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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Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell has sold over 11 million books worldwide in 38 languages and is best known for her How to Train Your Dragon series of books. She has also written: The Wizards of Once series and the Emily Brown picture books. How to Train Your Dragon is also a hugely successful DreamWorks film series. Cressida […]

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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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David Baddiel

David Baddiel is a comedian, an author, screenwriter and television presenter whose first children’s novel, The Parent Agency, won the LOLLIE award for ‘best laugh out loud book for 9-13 year olds’. It is currently being adapted as a film.  David has also published four other children’s novels that are beautifully llustarted by Steven Lenton:  […]

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David Walliams

David Walliams is a prolific and much loved children’s author who has been described as ‘the natural heir to Roald Dahl’. Best-known for his novels Mr Stink, Billionaire Boy, Fing, The World’s Worst Teachers Walliams’ books are hilariously funny and beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake and Tony Ross. His 2014 book, The Boy in The […]

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E Nesbit

Although Edith Nesbit grew up in France and Germany, it was her country life in beloved Kent which provided material for her stories. It was in the 1890’s when Edith began to write stories for children, eventually leading her to produce more than 60 books, some of which were collaborations. Her most famous books include […]

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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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Emma Barnes

Born and raised in Edinburgh, Emma has always loved books. Being a bookworm as a child, she used to make up adventure stories to entertain her younger sister whilst they walked the family dog. She eventually began to write these stories down. Many of Emma’s jobs involved writing but she was always writing in her […]

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Enid Blyton

As a young child, Enid Blyton always loved reading and writing and would lock herself away in her room just to write. She faced much rejection of her work early on, apart from one poem which was published in a magazine when she was aged 14. It wasn’t until the early 1920’s that Enid began […]

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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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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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Jeff Kinney

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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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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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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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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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 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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Onjali Rauf

Onjali Q. Rauf* is the award-winning author of her debut book, The Boy at the Back of the Class. Her newest book is called The Star Outside My Window and delicately deals with the issue of domestic abuse. She is also the founder of Making Herstory, an organisation working to help end the abuse and trafficking […]

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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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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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