Meet the authors:
Meet multi-million-selling, award-winning author Cressida Cowell, creator of the How to Train Your Dragon books (and DreamWorks films) and The Wizards of Once series – and the Waterstones Children’s Laureate.
Cressida will talk about her latest book, The Wizards of Once: Never and Forever, as well as How to Train Your Dragon, and will give tips on becoming an author or illustrator. Cressida has sold 11 million books in 38 languages, and done sold events at every major book festival. Unmissable!
Jonathan Emmett has written over 60 books for children including Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger and The Princess and the Pig. He developed his skills as a writer and illustrator while studying and working as an architect but left architecture to become a children’s author in 1995.
His work has been translated into over 30 different languages and has won several awards both in the UK and abroad including the Red House Children’s Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the STEAM Children’s Book Prize for How the Borks Became: An Adventure in Evolution. You can find out more about Jonathan and his books at his web site scribblestreet.co.uk and follow him on Twitter at @scribblestreet.
Simon James Green
Simon James Green has established himself as a leading LBGTQ+ author for children’s books in the UK. He contributed to the Proudbook anthology, and his successful Noah books (Noah Can’t Even, Noah Could Never, and the short story “Noah Goes Nuclear”) were optioned for television.
Alex in Wonderland and Heartbreak Boys are his latest novels for teenagers and his first picture book, Llama Glamarama, was published in June 2020, illustrated by Garry Parsons. Life of Riley: Beginners’ Luck is Simon’s debut middle-grade book, and is currently shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards.
Brendan Kiely is the New York Times bestselling author of All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds), The Last True Love Story and The Gospel of Winter. His work has been published in ten languages, received a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, was twice awarded Best Fiction for Young Adults (2015, 2017) by the American Library Association and was a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014.
Originally from the Boston area, he now lives with his wife in New York City.
Matt Lucas is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer. He started his comedy career in the early nineties, working with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer on The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer and Shooting Stars, where he played giant baby George Dawes, but discovered major success with co-star David Walliams in Little Britain and Come Fly With Me, for which they won three BAFTAs, three NTAs and two International Emmy Awards.
Matt received much praise for his work on stage in Les Misérables and has since gone on to feature in many successful films and TV shows, including Alice in Wonderland, Bridesmaids, Paddington, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Doctor Who and now co-hosting proceedings in the Great British Bake Off.
Jason Reynolds is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, a two-time National Book Award finalist, a Kirkus Award winner, a two-time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honors. Reynolds is also the 2020–2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
His many books include When I Was the Greatest, The Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (cowritten with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Look Both Ways and Long Way Down, which received a Newbery Honor, a Honor, and a Coretta Scott King Honor. He lives in Washington, DC. You can find his ramblings at JasonWritesBooks.com.
It could be said that Tom Percival had an unconventional childhood in a remote and beautiful part of South Shropshire. But you can just as easily rephrase that by saying that he grew up in a ramshackle and freezing-cold caravan with no electricity or heating. Whichever way you look at it, these formative years are almost certainly what first got him interested in writing and drawing.
After trying a few cities on for size, he decided that deep down he had always been a country boy and now he lives on the edge of Rodborough Common in Gloucestershire with his girlfriend and their two sons. He is the author-illustrator of many much-loved picture books including Perfectly Norman and Ruby's Worry (Bloomsbury) and The Sea Saw (Simon & Schuster), and also writes and illustrates young fiction.