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Rosalind grew up in Sheffield. “Thanks to creative parents I was encouraged to draw (and use fuzzy felt!) and was taken to art galleries on rainy Saturday afternoons," she says. " My favourite subject at school was Art so it was an easy decision to become an artist.”
Rosalind gained a degree at Manchester Polytechnic and began work designing greetings cards and giftwrap, then slowly moved into book illustration. Her first book was shortlisted for the Sheffield Book Prize 2000 and she has illustrated many more since then including a story she wrote herself called Grandma’s Beach (shortlisted for the Sheffield Prize in 2002).
This book was inspired by her childhood holidays spent playing in her grandparents’ garden.
Click to see Rosalind's website.
Anna trained as a teacher, specialising in Children’s Literature, and worked directly with children for a number of years before moving into publishing. She has been working in children’s publishing for over 25 years – as an editor, publisher and writer, as well as running workshops and courses in schools and libraries.
Currently she combines both these areas, working part time as a Community Librarian for Sure Start Acton, running Family Book Clubs and Baby Clubs in Acton Library.
Anna spends the rest of the time writing. She is author of over 25 children’s books and is a voracious reader, reading as many as 5 novels a week. Anna was quite contrary herself as a child and is delighted to be able to feature the word in her newest Lulu story.
To read Anna's blog about writing the story, click here to go to the US publisher's website.
Click to see Anna's website.
Ruth completed a BA in Illustration at The University of Central England in Birmingham. Following her First Class award, she was funded by the EBF to continue with her studies to complete a Masters degree.
Ruth then worked as a freelance illustrator (mostly in children’s publishing working for publishers such as Heinemann, Little Tiger and Oxford University Press) until her children were born.
While taking time out to concentrate on being a mum, Ruth has enjoyed working for a range of Community Arts projects with adults, children and adults with learning disabilities. In recent times, Ruth has returned to illustration. This is her first picture book with Alanna Books. Click to see Ruth's Facebook Page.
Marie Sabine Roger
Marie has enjoyed making up words since she was four years old. With over seventy books published, it’s a pleasure she continues to enjoy every day. The wonderful film, My Afternoons with Margueritte staring Gerard Depardieu is based on her adult novel, La Tete en Friche.
Anne was born in Colombes in France. She spent three teenage years in Ireland, then went to Paris to study photography at l'école des Gobelins, Paris, France. She lives and works in Montreal, Quebec as a photographer and illustrator and has illustrated three children’s books. Click here to read Anne's blog.
In her own words: " I come from cowboys and I come from Queens. Let me explain. My grandfather's saddle was stored in the basement of our house in Portland, Oregon. I remember its leather smell and how it creaked when I straddled it – and his cowboy boots… My dad's job took us east when I was five, and we lived in a hotel in New York City, until we moved to a garden apartment in Queens.
When I was in Primary school, girls were not allowed to play with the blocks or trucks. Can you imagine that? My friends and brother and I built roads and villages for our Dinkey cars all the time. We made up scenes and acted them out. We made up games and stayed outside playing until the street lights came on. We didn't get into much trouble because somebody's mother always knew what we kids were up to. Our neighbours came from China, Russia, England and France. Some of them ended up in my books. My family and I - one husband, two sons, several combinations of cats and dogs, have lived in the country in upstate New York for 25 years or so, surrounded by trees and weedy gardens."
Click to see Suzanne's website.
Jakob Martin Strid
Jakob was born and grew up in Denmark. He began his career as a cartoonist and had his breakthrough with the general public with a daily strip entitled ‘Strid’ in the Copenhagen daily, Politiken. The strip’s main character’s diminutive body and large head with spiky hair is a cartoon version of himself. His satirical talent quickly won Strid a position as a controversial cartoonist.
The anti-authoritarian, humorous, and poetic blend continued in Strid’s children’s books, though in a form that was less harsh. There the political satire was transformed to an anarchistic, humorous tale with great sympathy for the foreigner and the outsider. With the picture book Little Frog (2005), Jakob Martin Strid won a picture book competition sponsored by the largest Danish publishing house, Gyldendal. The book went on to win the BØFA (a children's librarians' group) Cultural Honorary Award.
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Ben was born in Calgary, Canada but has spent almost 97% of his life on the west coast of British Columbia. Growing up in such a beautiful place inspired Ben at a young age to learn to create. In the first grade, he first realized that he could draw when he noticed that his letter 'O' looked like a character from a comic strip. It was all downhill from there! After graduating from Vancouver’s Capilano College's Illustration and Design program in 2007, Ben has been working as a freelance illustrator. Drawing has always been his passion and enjoys illustration as a career. Ben also works with his folk band, Adelaide, and will soon begin recording on an album...and enjoying the beauty of that part of the world that initially inspired him to be an artist.
Click to see Ben's website.