AUTHORS

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VALERIE BLOOM has performed her poetry throughout the world, with many TV and radio appearances. She was awarded an MBE for services to poetry in 2008. Praised by Linton Kwesi Johnson for 'her mastery of form and language’ and described by Michael Morpurgo as 'a fine, fine poet and a wonderful storyteller', Valerie is the author of poetry collections, picture books and two novels for young readers. Her work appears in over 500 anthologies. Valerie's latest solo collection Stars with Flaming Tails illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max (Otter-Barry Books) won the 2022 CLiPPA, the UK's top award for published poetry for children. Read more about Valerie Bloom


ROBERT MUCHAMORE's award-winning debut, CHERUB: The Recruit, was published by Hodder in 2004, and his novels have since sold over 15 million copies in more than 30 countries. A CHERUB screen adaptation is currently in development, and the books continue to win recognition for inspiring a love of reading in older children. Following the release of two highly praised YA stand-alone novels in 2018-19, Hot Key Books launched Robert Muchamore's Robin Hood in April 2020, to instant acclaim. Read more about Robert Muchamore


MEGAN RIX writes historical and contemporary novels about animals, which she promotes with great flair, often incorporating British Sign Language into her school and literary festival events. Sign language also features in the Lizzie & Lucky series (Puffin, 2021) starring a young deaf detective and her Dalmatian puppy. Megan Rix's books have won several regional awards, been Booktrust picks, and been shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award (2014). Megan also writes under the name Ruth Symes, with numerous children's books and TV scripts to her credit, including work for Channel 4, The Jim Henson Company, and RTE / Nick Junior. Read more about Megan Rix


SUE HEAP has written and illustrated many picture books, including the Smarties Prize-winning Cowboy Baby (Walker Books, 1998), and is noted for successful creative collaborations with Nick Sharratt, Sally Lloyd-Jones and Teresa Heapy. She illustrated the award-winning Very Little Red Riding Hood (David Fickling Books, 2013) and the New York Times bestseller and Notable Book How To Be A Baby... By Me, The Big Sister (Schwartz & Wade, 2007), which the New York Times Book Review called 'adorable, original, well-illustrated and fabulous.' Read more about Sue Heap


CAROLINE LAWRENCE's historical novels for young readers have sold over a million copies in the UK alone, and her Roman Mysteries (Orion) were dramatised by the BBC. She won the Classical Association Prize in 2009, and an Edgar nomination in the USA in 2014. Caroline is an Archaeology Ambassador for the Museum of London and a sought-after speaker. On publication in April 2019 her middle grade novel The Time Travel Diaries (Piccadilly) was The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. Recent projects include a new retelling of Aesop's Fables illustrated by Robert Ingpen (Welbeck). Read more about Caroline Lawrence


MICHAEL CATCHPOOL is the author of nine children's picture books, with his wise and witty stories brought to life by illustrators including Alison Jay, David Roberts, Vanessa Cabban, Rosalind Beardshaw and Emma Proctor. His latest picture book was published by Lantana in Autumn 2021, with a sequel due in 2022. A former primary school headteacher with a PhD from Cambridge University focused on children's narrative writing, Michael has also written numerous sketches and scripts for use in schools. Read more about Michael Catchpool


MARY MURPHY is a Dublin-based author-illustrator of over 40 books for young children. She has garnered a string of starred reviews and accolades in the USA, UK and Ireland for her work, which has also been adapted for TV. In Children's Books Ireland's 2018 campaign to mark the centenary of women's suffrage, Mary was one of twenty 'Bold Girls' celebrated for having made 'an exceptional contribution to the canon of Irish children's literature'. During the pandemic she co-founded the WonderFest online book festival, showcasing Irish children's books and connecting readers and creators. Read more about Mary Murphy