Category: Authors

Valerie Bloom

VALERIE BLOOM has performed her poetry throughout the world, with many TV and radio appearances. 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…


Robert Muchamore

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…


Megan Rix

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. The Bomber Dog (Puffin) was shortlisted for The Red House Children’s Book Award in 2014, and her books have won several regional awards. Megan Rix also writes under the name…


Sue Heap

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 New York Times bestseller and Notable Book How To Be A Baby… By Me, The Big Sister (Schwartz &…


Caroline Lawrence

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 2014. Caroline is an Archaeology Ambassador for the Museum of London and a sought-after speaker. On publication in April…


Michael Catchpool

MICHAEL CATCHPOOL is the author of eight children’s picture books, with his wise and witty stories brought to life by illustrators including Alison Jay, David Roberts, Vanessa Cabban and Rosalind Beardshaw. His next picture book will be published by Lantana in 2021. A former primary school headteacher with a PhD from Cambridge University focused on children’s narrative…


Mary Murphy

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…