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). Kate Slater had her first children's picture book, Magpie's Treasure, published by Andersen Press last year. It has recently been shortlisted for the 2011 Cambridgeshire Children's Picture Book Award. Laura Hughes adores what she does and feels very lucky to be able to illustrate for a living. Each new job is a new highlight for her and she loves the tingly feeling of anticipation when a book comes through. She graduated in 2005 and has been producing artwork for books, cards and magazines ever since. Sue Mason worked at Walker Books for ten years, and is now a full-time illustrator. Some of the many titles she has worked on include Candy Plastic and The Inventors. 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. Alex Lane has tried pretty much everything from boom operating, to being a horse riding instructor, personal assistant and stuntwoman (not all at the same time). She also went to university and did a degree and then an MA in creative writing. She now writes books, screenplays and the occasional poem, mostly for children. Katie Adams is a vibrant, new author with a love of picture books. Katie has been an early years primary school teacher and now she lives in Banbury, Oxfordshire.