Emmie van Biervliet - Emmie is a mixed media artist whose work has a dreamlike quality, with magical realism an integral part of it. When possible she works in situ in art residencies - say an abandoned building in Havana, a cave in Cappadocia or a car crossing the Atacama Desert. She works with a number of galleries and exhibits regularly in the UK and internationally.Lucy Christopher - Lucy is the best-selling and international award-winning author of Stolen, Flyaway and The Killing Woods. She works as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, where she has a PhD in Creative Writing. Lucy has co-written the screen adaptation of Stolen, and is finishing her fourth novel.Abi Elphinstone - Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent her childhood running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at university then became a teacher. Now she writes books (The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper) and travels the world looking for stories.Adele Geras - Ade le published her first book in 1976 and has since written more than 100 books for young readers of all ages as well as several novels for adults. Troy was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. When she was very young she lived in Nigeria and has also spent time in the Gambia and Tanzania.Elizabeth Laird - Elizabeth is the multi-award-winning author of many successful children's and young adult novels. She has lived all over the world: Malaysia, India, Iraq, Austria, Ethiopia and New Zealand. Her travels have undeniably influenced her style of writing and choice of topics, and she is well known for tackling a wide range of global issues through her work.Sarah Lean - As a child, Sarah wanted to be a writer and dictated stories to her mother, until she bought a laptop of her own several years ago and decided to type them herself. Her fascination with animals began when she was aged eight and a stray cat decided to adopt her.Gill Lewis -Gill Lewis writes stories for children inspired by her love of the natural world and from her work as a vet. Her books have been translated into many languages and have won international awards for environmental literature.Geraldine McCaughrean - Geraldine has written 170 books and been published in 50 countries. She even won the chance to write a sequel to Peter Pan for Great Ormond Street Hospital. She loves writing picture books, adult novels and everything in between. It beats working! And people even give her prizes for it, like the Carnegie Medal.Tom Moorhouse - Tom is a strange hybrid being, half children's author and half research ecologist (an entity probably not called an "authologist"). His books to date are all animal fiction, including the award-winning The River Singers, its sequel The Rising and Trickster, which is the world's only "ratrospective".Beverley Naidoo - Beverley was born in South Africa where she came to love animal tales as a child. However, humans rather than animals pose the greatest dangers in her early novels like Journey to Jo'burg and No Turning Back. After a feisty Tortoise crept into her Carnegie-winning The Other Side of Truth, she has regularly returned to the tales of her youth.Ifeoma Onyefulu - Ifeoma's first child inspired her to start writing for children - there were very few books about Africans at the time. She has since written 23 books, won several awards, including the Children's Africana Book Award twice, and been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also a photographer and has exhibited at the British Museum and the Afrika Center in Norway.Piers Torday - Piers Torday is the author of the Last Wild trilogy, which has sold around the world and won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. His latest book for children is There May Be A Castle. Unfortunately, he is still not as clever as a certain pangolin.