Meet the authors:

Cat Weldon

Cat Weldon

Cat Weldon writes funny middle grade fantasy stories with a particular interest in offbeat fairy tales and world mythology. With a Master’s degree in Scriptwriting and a background in children’s theatre, Cat now splits her time between writing, teaching and making origami squirrels. Cat lives in East Anglia with her husband, two children and collection of delinquent chickens. How to Be a Hero is her first novel.

“I’m delighted to be supporting Connecting Stories in Doncaster as this project is perfect for keeping children learning whilst having fun during lockdown. My books are fantasy so I’m really excited about launching the writing competition ‘A Changing World’ which asks children to reimagine their world, or even conjure up a new one. They’ll be using their literacy skills to create a fresh bit of headspace in which they can lose themselves – a very powerful trick in times like these!”

Bethan Woollvin

Bethan Woollvin

Bethan Woollvin won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in 2014 for Little Red – her classy, bold interpretation of Little Red Riding Hood. It was a startlingly confident debut which she followed with an equally striking and feminist take on Rapunzel, with not a handsome prince in sight, followed by her twist on Hansel and Gretel and the brilliant I Can Catch a Monster.

She is also the illustrator of The Button Book by Sally Nicholls and Meet the Planets by Caryl Hart. The eldest in a family of ten children, Bethan understands well what appeals to a variety of age groups, and all her work exudes a natural dry wit and charm. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class Degree in Illustration in 2015 and now lives in Sheffield.

“It’s great that this project is about empowering children of all ages right from the off. My books are all about reimagining traditional fairytales to show young girls (and boys!) that they do not need a knight in shining armour to be a master of their own destiny, and the Connecting Stories project is similar, encouraging children to be fearlessly imaginative. I’m one of 10 children so find it easy to relate to people of all ages and I can’t wait to work with Doncaster’s young minds – whether in person or from afar.”