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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 readers. Her next solo collection will be published by Otter-Barry Books in 2021. Valerie was awarded an MBE for services to poetry in 2008, and her poems appear in over 500 anthologies. 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. 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 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 New York Times bestseller and Notable Book How To Be A Baby... By Me, The Big Sister (Schwartz & Wade, 2007), and the award-winning Very Little Red Riding Hood (David Fickling Books, 2013 / HMH, 2014). 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 2014. Caroline is an Archaeology Ambassador for the Museum of London and a sought-after speaker. On publication in April 2019 her new middle grade novel The Time Travel Diaries (Piccadilly) was The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week. Read more about Caroline Lawrence


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 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'. Read more about Mary Murphy