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Professor Kate Williams - Author, Historian and TV Broadcaster
As well as historian, TV presenter and author, Kate Williams is a Professor of Modern History at Reading University.
Emma Carroll - Author
Formerly a secondary school English teacher, Emma is now a successful prize winning author of books aimed mainly towards 9-12 year olds. Last year, her book In Darkling Wood was her first to be published in the US.
Her book Letters from the Lighthouse, a WW2 mystery, was Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Month in May 2017.
Lou Kuenzler - Author
Lou Kuenzler worked as a theatre director, drama lecturer and workshop leader. As a dyslexic, she always found reading and writing difficult. She discovered that by talking her ideas and stories out loud, they came to life. Little by little she shaped them, improved them, remembered them and finally, wrote them down.
Gillian Cross - Author
Gillian Cross is the author of several children’s books, including the popular Demon Headmaster series which was made into a successful BBC television series and musical, which first went on tour in 1998.
David Lichfield - Illustrator
David first started to draw when he was very young, creating Star Wars and Indiana Jones ‘mash up’ comics for his older brother and sister. Since then, David’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, books and on T-shirts. He has also exhibited his illustrations in both solo and group shows in the U.K, Europe and America. David’s award winning first author/illustrator picture book The Bear & The Piano and it’s follow up Grandad’s Secret Giant are out now.
Shoo Rayner - Author Illustrator
Shoo battled dyslexia on his own to become a leading, international children’s author and illustrator. He is highly committed to the cause of struggling and newly-independent readers, writing series books that they devour. Children love to read his pacey, highly-illustrated, funny, thoughtful stories which are based on unforgettable characters such as The Ginger Ninja, Monster Boy, Axel Storm and Viking Vik. Shoo believes that drawing is just as important as writing and loves to encourage children and adults to pick up a pencil and draw. His acclaimed online drawing school is encouraging thousands to have a go at drawing both at home and in classrooms worldwide.
Ali Sparkes - Author
Ali Sparkes is the author of The Shapeshifter series of adventure books about Dax Jones and his friends. Her debut book - The Shapeshifter: Finding the Fox was nominated for the 2007 Bolton Children’s Book Award.
Louisa Reid - Author
When she isn’t writing, Louisa works as a part-time English teacher and is passionate about reading. She is currently teaching the AS Creative Writing course to KS4 students and loves inspiring and being inspired by young adults.
Her book Black Heart Blue was the Sunday Times Book of the week. She was also short listed for the North East teen book award. Her novels, published by Penguin, are dark psychological explorations of family issues affecting teenagers.
Sarah Govett - Author
The first instalment of her award-winning debut trilogy, The Territory, launched in May 2015 and was followed by the second book, The Territory: Escape, in October 2016. The final book, The Territory: Truth is out at the end of March 2018.
James Cole - Head of Creative Writing at Arts University Bournemouth
James is a Bournemouth based creative writer enthusiastic about fostering a love for reading and writing amongst children of all ages. During his talks, he aims to inspire others to unlock their imaginations and put pen to paper.
David Roberts - Illustrator
David Roberts has worked with well known authors such as Philip Ardagh (on the Eddie Dickens and Unlikely Exploits series) and G.P. Taylor (on the Mariah Mundi series).
David Solomans spent most of his time playing with his Star Wars figures and trying to make toy lightsabers jump into his hand using only the power of 'The Force' and a rubber-band. He lives in Dorset with his wife, novelist Natasha Solomons.
Susan Price - Author
Susan always wanted to be a writer - as a teenager, she won a prize for a children’s writing competition which spurred her on to write her first book, The Devil’s Piper.
Kate Rhodes - Crime Writer
Kate’s love of crime started years ago, when she read Brighton Rock for the first time. Her first books were two collections of poetry: Reversal and The Alice Trap. Crossbones Yard was her first novel and the first in the Alice Quentin series, followed by A Killing of Angels.
Dr Richard Chasemore
Dr Richard Chasemore is an award winning technical illustrator. His clients include Dorling Kindersley, Ladybird, Readers’ Digest and NASA.
After almost ten years as a bookseller, Marcus joined the UK's leading Science Fiction & Fantasy publisher, Gollancz, in 2011. Since then he has worked on all sorts of books with all sorts of authors - some personal highlights include working with the people I grew up reading.
I am now Editorial Director of the SF Masterworks series and the SFGateway, Gollancz’s massive publishing programme of old and forgotten SF titles, as well as Commissioning Editor at Gollancz.
He has run two successful Kickstarters to reprint some of his favourite children's books - the UNCLE series, by J.P. Martin, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
Talbot Heath sixth former Lucy Edbrooke has published her first children’s book entitled ‘Brave Blue’ which celebrates her love of stock car racing. After creating a children’s book for my A-Level Graphics, I was inspired to develop the idea and formally publish my own book. Brave Blue is the story of a timid little car who was inspired to become a super stock car racer. Every challenge that Brave Blue experiences mirrors my own racing journey and successes.’
The book is currently for sale on Amazon and Lucy will be talking about writing her book.