Meet the authors:

Konnie Huq

Konnie Huq

As the longest serving female Blue Peter presenter, from 1997 to 2008, Konnie Huq is no stranger to the middle-grade market. She is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust and the British Asian Trust. The Cookie series is her first foray into children's books and Cookie is inspired by Konnie's own London Bangladeshi background, her love of science and her unashamed neediness!

“I have long believed in the power of stories and their ability to connect us all, which is why I jumped at the chance to take part in this exciting new project. I can’t wait to begin sharing my love of reading with children in Bradford and look forward to seeing their creativity and imagination shine through as the competition entries flood in!”

Harry Heape

Harry Heape

Harry Heape is an artist, a visionary and a very successful none-of-your-businessman. A shy and quiet man, he lives and writes in the deepest, darkest Halifax. Harry has written the hilarious Shiny Pippin series.

“I’m delighted to be part of the Connecting Stories team and play my part in inspiring the next generation of readers, writers and storytellers in Bradford. Reading enables children to jump into different worlds and this project will provide some much needed positivity and escapism for us all at a time when we could use a little brightness. Let the magic begin!”

Sairish Hussain

Sairish Hussain

Sairish Hussain was born and brought up in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Huddersfield and progressed onto an MA in Creative Writing. Sairish completed her PhD in 2019 after being awarded the university's Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship. The Family Tree is her debut novel.

"As a Bradford born and raised author, I am delighted to be supporting the Connecting Stories initiative to inspire the next generation of Bradford creatives! Amplifying stories and voices from diverse backgrounds is extremely important. I'm really looking forward to reading some of the competition entries, and hearing about the connections that are important to children and young people in Bradford."