Anthony Adolph is a professional genealogist, writer and broadcaster. He is presenter of TV's Extraordinary Ancestors, Antiques Ghostshow and Ancestor Hunters as well as Radio 4's Meet the Descendants. He has his own genealogy practice and has helped many clients including celebrities and the royal family to trace their family trees. He is the author of Tracing Your Family History (Collins, 1996) which sold over 40,000 copies in hardback. Anthony lives in Penge, London.
Lara Avery is the author of A Million Miles Away and Anything But Ordinary. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnestoa, where she is a contributor at Revolver and at work on her next novel.
Sage Blackwood worked for many years as a teacher in Alaska, and now writes full-time. Jinx: The Wizard's Apprentice is her first fantasy novel.
Quentin Blake was born in 1932. He went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School before studying English at Downing College, Cambridge. After National Service he did a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.
He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, and Roald Dahl, as well as creating much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.
His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He won the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books.
Described by The Guardian, as 'a national institution', in 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature.
Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Berlin. He is the author several books, including Grow Up and Lolito, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2015.
Gemma Burgess is the author of two bestselling novels for adults: The Dating Detox and A Girl Like You. She also writes screenplays and features for fashion magazines. Gemma grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and worked for ten years as a creative copywriter in advertising in London. She now lives in New York.
Recognized as one of the most talented and prolific music artists of his time, 50 Cent has sold over 22 million albums worldwide and has received numerous awards including 11 Grammy nominations. He was ranked number one rap artist of 2000-2009 by Billboard magazine. In addition to his music and business ventures, he established the G-Unity Foundation to support the academic enrichment of students in low-income or underserved communities.
Lil Chase has a first class degree in Creative Writing and works as an Editor in London. Having been a pub cook and even suffered a brief stint in Disneyland Paris, she settled on a career in her first love - telling stories. BOYS FOR BEGINNERS started its life as a novel, written in pencil, complete with drawings, when Lil was just 11. Lil lives with Stella - a fox crossed with a rat, who masquerades as a dog. Visit her online at www.lilchase.com.
Alison Cherry is a natural redhead, and Cherry is her real surname. She is a professional photographer and spent many years working as a lighting designer for theatre, dance, and opera productions. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Red is her first book.
Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She's written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in South London with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times.
Katie Cotugno lives in Boston. How to Love is her first novel.
Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy was translated into 23 languages, and has sold over one million copies worldwide. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford, a patron of the Society of Storytelling, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Leander Deeny was born in New York, to Irish parents, in 1980. He completed a degree at Oxford University where he edited Isis Magazine, was president of the Oxford Revue and a member of OUDS. After university he attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He is now working as an actor, currently in roles at the Globe. He lives in South East London
John Fardell is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. John's cartoon work has appeared in many publications, including the adult comic Viz, where his creations 'The Modern Parents' and 'The Critics' are two of the most popular and long-running strips. He lives in Edinburgh
Lisa Glass has always lived a stone's throw from the beach, moving from Plymouth to Swansea - where she took an MA in Creative Writing - and finally to Newquay in Cornwall, where she now lives with her husband, daughter and dog. Lisa is part of the team behind Vulpes Libris which was selected by the Observer as one of the best literary blogs in the UK.
Che Golden spent her childhood between Blarney, Co Cork and London. She is a graduate of the Bath Spa Creative Writing course and worked for a number of years as a journalist and senior reporter in Dublin before running her own Irish ezine. Aside from writing, Che is absolutely passionate about horses and has recently bought a Highland Pony for her two children.
Katie Grant has written several books of historical fiction. She is also a journalist and broadcaster, currently writing a weekly column for the Ecosse Section of the Sunday Times. She is a columnist on the Scottish Daily Mail, whilst producing pieces or features for other papers as required, when not deep in a novel. She lives in Glasgow with her husband and three children.
Jennifer Gray is a former lawyer and now writes children's comedy. Her other work includes the Atticus Claw series. She lives in central London and Scotland with her family. Amanda Swift is a former actress. She has written for several children's series, including My Parents are Aliens, and dramatised two Jacqueline Wilson books for Radio 4. She has written three novels for the 9+ age group. She lives in south-east London.
Eleanor Hawken has a degree in Philosophy, and worked as a children's books editor in London and in Bath. She was also part of the team that established the Bath Festival of Children's Literature. She devised the fiction series Will Solvit and has written books under the pseudonym Zed Storm. Eleanor lives in Surrey.
Siobhan Hayes spent her formative years at a Catholic convent school in Crosby, Merseyside. Later she studied English at university and worked for the Civil Service. A spell as an earth mother to her three sons followed and she has also done voluntary work with children and teenagers. Her time is currently spent writing and working for the family business, but she spends much of the time escaping for long walks by the sea.