Nikki Gamble is the founder and Director of Write Away and Just Imagine Story Centre. Nikki has worked in education and reading promotion for over 25 years, Formerly a teacher (secondary and primary) and teacher educator; she is lecturer, writer and education consultant. Nikki is also on the current Executive Committee of United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA). Monica Hughes began her working life teaching young children and spent several years as the head teacher of a primary school. She then moved on to training teachers before taking up writing the kind of books she wished she'd had when a teacher. Alison Hawes is a fulltime freelance writer and has written over 200 titles to date. She has had books published by most major UK educational publishers as well as by smaller, more specialist publishers. Her books are sold worldwide and some have been translated into French and Chinese. Andres Martinez Ricci is an illustrator from Argentina. His drawings have appeared in many graphic media like magazines, newspapers and advertising over the last 15 years. He works for clients in Europe and USA, with several books published by editorial houses such as Macmillan, Harcourt, Pearson, Oxford University Press, among others. He develops his work illustrating articles, in the creation of characters, illustrating literature and comics. Currently living in Spain, he has his studio in Madrid. Paeony Lewis wrote publicity for a non-fiction publisher until her two children provided the inspiration for her first books. Her picture books are now sold worldwide and have been translated into twelve languages. Her popular book, I'll Always Love You, has been read on the BBC show Tweenies. Inspired by the fine art of living, Matte Stephens paints with gouache his happy visions of today's optimistic friends and families with a refined twist. They are immediately friendly and reminiscent of a simpler time he wishes was today. He shows his paintings all over the world. His commercial clients include Herman Miller, Chronicle Books, American Express and IBM. Mark Beech was first inspired to draw by his art teacher at primary school. He has worked with Ogilvy and Mather, The Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, Ladybird Books, Bloomsbury and Harper Collins. He worked with Orchard Books to create the Prince Jake series of children's book and with Alan MacDonald and Bloomsbury to create a series of books called The History of Warts. Tony Ross is a British illustrator and author for children. He trained at the Liverpool School of Art and has worked as a cartoonist, a graphic designer, as the Art Director of an advertising agency, and as Senior Lecturer in Art at Manchester Polytechnic. He lives in Nottingham. Tony Ross has become one of the best known creators of original and traditional picture books and his work has been sold all over the world. Sara and Jan discovered they both wanted to write books for children and that it was much more fun writing them together. In between cups of tea and gossip they've produced over 130 stories, several poems and a play. Traditional stories were very much part of their childhood and they love any chance to retell them.