Meet the authors

David Baddiel

David Baddiel

David Baddiel graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in English. In addition to his success as a children’s author, David’s career achievements include finding notoriety as a successful stand-up comedian, and in 1993 he teamed up with his BBC sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience partner Rob Newman, they became the first British comics to play an arena gig, at Wembley. He was also host of Radio 4 comedy discussion programme Heresy, screenwriter for the feature film The Infidel and author of adult novels Time for Bed (1996), Whatever Love Means (2002), The Secret Purposes (2006) and The Death of Eli Gold (2011).

David has published six highly successful children's books, which have sold over one million copies worldwide: The Parent Agency (2014), The Person Controller (2015), Animalcolm (2016), Birthday Boy (2017) Head Kid (2018) and The Taylor Turbochaser (2019), published by HarperCollins. He was commissioned to write The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked for 2016 World Book Day. The Parent Agency won Best Laugh Out Loud Book for 9 to 13-year-olds at the inaugural Laugh Out Loud Awards and is being adapted into a film.

“With the literacy attainment gap growing wider and wider during these difficult times, initiatives like Connecting Stories are needed now more than ever. I’m thrilled to be involved and look forward to delving into the wonderful world of stories with children across Manchester. Who knows where their imaginations will take them!”

Louisa Reid

Louisa Reid

Louisa Reid is the author four critically acclaimed novels for young adults and has been shortlisted for numerous awards. When she isn’t writing, Louisa works as a secondary-school English teacher and loves inspiring, and being inspired by, young adults. Wrecked is her second novel in verse, following the phenomenal critical success of Gloves Off, which published in 2019.

She lives in Cheshire with her two teenage daughters and can be found on Twitter as @louisareid.

“I’m so excited that Connecting Stories is coming to Manchester and can’t wait to get stuck in. I hope this project allows us to inspire thousands of local children and young people in the city to find a love of reading that will stay with them forever. It feels as if the power of story has never been more vital; young people deserve the beauty and magic of books and I can't wait to help bring that to them.”