Meet the authors:
Michelle Robinson (author) is the bestselling, award-winning author of picture books including There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes, A Beginner’s Guide to Bearspotting, Grandmas from Mars, the Goodnight Spaceman series, Ten Fat Sausages and many, many more. She has won several awards, including the Laugh Out Loud Picture Book Award, Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award and the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award.
“I dreamed of being an author since I was five and understand the importance of an interest in reading and writing from a young age. I'm very excited to be supporting the Connecting Stories initiative, which will nurture the creativity and wellbeing of so many children.”
Lesley Parr grew up in South Wales, at the bottom of a valley and quite near a seaside steelworks. Now she lives in the middle of England (almost as far from the sea as it’s possible to get) with her husband and their rescue cat, Angharad. She shares her time between writing stories, teaching at a primary school and tutoring adults.
Apart from books, rugby union is her favourite thing in the world, especially if Wales is winning. Lesley graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University’s MA in Writing for Young People. The Valley of Lost Secrets is her first book.
“I believe it's extremely important that all children are able to see themselves represented in what they read. This is why I write from the heart, and let my own working-class childhood and experiences shape my stories. I'm delighted to be part of the Connecting Stories initiative in Hastings, engaging with children and families to explore reading and writing.”