Phil Heckles

Hercule Van Wolfwinkle is the inimitable genius behind ‘Portraits By Hercule’; a viral fundraising campaign which has raised over £100,000 for charity and seen requests for pet portraits flooding into Hercule’s inbox in their tens of thousands, requests from all over the globe. 

Hercule’s self-proclaimed ‘ultra-realistic’ style, coupled with his hilarious animal biographies and fake customer reviews have led to a huge social media following and worldwide media coverage.

In 2020 he was recognised by the Prime Minister with a Points of Light Award and has been named by The Big Issue as one of their 100 Change Makers for 2021; ‘a list of innovators, creators and radical thinkers that we believe will be doing remarkable things to make the world a better place for others’. Hercule’s work has been exhibited publicly and his first book, ‘Rubbish Pet Portraits’ was a Sunday Times Best Seller. 

Away from the fundraising, the drawing and writing, Hercule loves spending time with his wife and son and the family dog, Narla. 

Highlights

Accolades: 
The Prime Ministers Point of Light Award
Sunday Times Bestseller
No. 1 Amazon bestseller
Radio:
BBC Radio Sussex
BBC Radio 5 Live
Heart FM
BBC Radio 2
News Papers Featured Stories:
The Times
The Independant
The Daily Mail
The Sunday Mirror
The Metro
The Argus
The Worthing Herald
Magazines:
The Big Issue (Cover and feature spread)
My Dog Magazine
People’s Friend
Pick me up
TV:
Steph’s Packed Lunch Channel 4
This Morning ITV
BBC Breakfast
BBC South Today
ITV Meridian News
Channel 5 News
CBS News America

Kate Aasa

Kate Aasa and is a debut writer based in London. 

She has always loved writing and wrote her first poem when she was 7. Since then she has always been the go-to poem / speech / song writer for family and friends.  Kate has a degree in English Literature and a Masters in Digital Communications. When she is not writing, Kate is a Marketing and Communications consultant. This work allows her to be creative and meet a lot of new people. Two things she adores.

Since having children, Kate has discovered a passion for writing children’s stories. She writes stories predominantly in rhyme for her two sons who are 5 and 7. Kate hopes that they will one day be enjoyed by a wider audience. 

Highlights

Sue Lancaster

Sue lives in London with her husband and two daughters. She has been a stay-at-home mum ever since having children, but before that worked in TV as a Production Manager and got a degree in Media Studies at the University of East London. She grew up in Clacton on the coast of Essex and spent much of her childhood in or beside the sea, playing with her three cats, or being tormented by her two older brothers.

Sue has always enjoyed writing and when she was young, she wrote lots of poems and won a few poetry competitions. As an adult (before turning her hand to picture books), Sue has completed a creative writing evening course, kept two blogs and written articles for a couple of review websites.

Highlights

First place in the 2020 Writers’ Weekend Picture Book Competition

Fourth overall in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Holiday Contest 2019

Long-listed for 2019’s Write Mentor Children’s Novel Awards

Jana Novotny Hunter

Jana Novotny Hunter was born in Czechoslovakia and grew up in England. A graduate of Hornsey College of Art, she spent many years in America where she worked as a Textile Designer, Teacher, Writer and Mum. Jana has written over fifty books for children, including the prize-winning story of a deaf girl’s struggle to become oral, ‘Read My Lips’. Now and author and an illustrator, Jana enjoys portraying strong characters who overcome obstacles with humour and imagination. Stories that youngsters can relate to are key to her writing. As a Conference Speaker and Lecturer, Jana focuses on the relationship between image and text in picture books, an expertise that has led to becoming an editor as well as a reviewer.

At home with kids, whatever their age, Jana loves to visit schools and libraries or run writing workshops. Her lively presentations are popular with both teachers and pupils, offering the kind of fun in learning that enhances and supports the National Curriculum. Usually found in her studio, where her Terrier is lulled to sleep by the clatter of the keyboard, Jana lives in a converted chapel in the Suffolk countryside with a man, dog and a piano, There, she is surrounded by sheep, cows and wild deer – a perfect place to write and draw.

Highlights

My Tail’s Not Tired
A Bear Hug at Bedtime
Circus Girl
When Daddy’s Truck Picks me Up
I Have Feelings!
I Can Do it!
Little Ones Do!
Its a Terrible Age To Be
Luna the Little Ghost
Get Up, Ben!
The Master of Miss Tree
The Rainmakers Spell
Hector the Spectre
Pet Detectives
It Belongs to Us
The Big Rock Takeover
Carnival Time
The Monster Trail
Back and Spin
Sam and the Dragon
Sam and the Detective
Tortoise Trouble
The Ball Burglary
Star Boy’s Surprise
Max’s Magical Day
Sleepover Club
Read my Lips
Groovy Chicks Diaries in the Wild
Circus Crazy
Top DJ
Hollywood Star
Baby’s Favourites
Toddles World

Dunni Mustapha

Dunni lives in London and works as a graphic designer. She has worked across various different sectors, and has always had a huge fondness for illustration.She loves drawing colourful characters and telling stories. She aims to create diverse picture books where all types of children feel included. She is inspired by people and their individuality, and all their little quirks.

Highlights

“Hey, You!” – illustrated by Dunni Mustapha

Clare Victoria Wilson

Clare’s imagination and passion for creating was strongly influenced by growing up in the countryside surrounded by nature. If she wasn’t drawing or painting she would be making something.

She trained at UWE Bristol and then Glyndŵr University in Illustration for Children’s Publishing graduating in 2004. The next 10 years were spent in the greeting card/gift industry; designing, commissioning and art directing artists in London.

In 2014 she became a freelance illustrator/designer and moved into her own studio space at Hackney Downs Studios, London, giving Clare the opportunity to focus on more creative projects, including greeting cards, wall stickers, homewares and children’s illustration. 

Clare now lives in North Somerset with her family who are a never ending source of inspiration!!

Highlights

2017 Stencil Fun Series (Animals, Shapes and Numbers) –  Igloo books

2018 My First Book of Magnets – Animal Magnets – Little Tiger Kids

2019 My First Book of Magnets – Farm Magnets – Little Tiger Kids

2019 My First Book of Magnets – Dinosaur Magnets – Little Tiger Kids

2019 Get Set Go – Mathematics Numbers 11-20 – Miles Kelly

2020 RHS How does a frog grow? – Dorling Kindersley

Paul Kerensa

A British Comedy Award-winning writer for BBC1’s Miranda, Paul has written for some of TV’s biggest shows, including TFI Friday, The Royal Variety Performance, Top Gear, and The BBC Music Awards. He’s the only writer to have co-written all ten seasons of Lee Mack’s Not Going Out. Winner of the BBC Radio Entertainment Contract Writer Titheridge Prize, his radio credits include The Now Show, The News Quiz, and Dead Ringers.

Paul created and wrote 10 episodes of Granny Anne’s Joke World, a children’s show for CBeebies Radio starring Maureen Lipman. He topped the Audible charts with his self-written/-presented 2019 Audible Original Podcast, Christmas: What The Falalala. He also teaches comedy writing for BBC Writer’s Room and London Screenwriter’s Festival.

As a stand-up comic, Paul won the ITV Take the Mike Award in 2002 and has been described as “Ingenious” by the Evening Standard. He’s supported Milton Jones on tour, and is one of the few to perform stand-up at The Comedy Store and several cathedrals.

Paul broadcasts ‘Pause For Thought’ slots on the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, and regularly hosts on BBC Sussex/BBC Surrey. He’s recently written and staged his third play, Three Wise Men, and is a columnist for various publications. Books include So a Comedian Walks into a Church (one of The Independent’s top comedy books of the year), a range of children’s books, and Amazon Top 100 bestseller Hark! The Biography of Christmas.

Highlights

Published Books
2020 – Judge Deb & The Battle of the Bands – SPCK
2019 – Joe’s Bros & The Bus That Goes – SPCK
2018 – What ARE They Doing Down There? – BRF
2018 – Noah’s Car Park Ark – SPCK
2018 – Moses & The Exodus Express – SPCK
2017 – Hark! The Biography of Christmas – Lion Books
2014 – Genesis: The Bibluffer’s Guide – DLT
2014 – A Beautiful Friendship: A Lent Course Based on Casablanca – DLT
2013 – So a Comedian Walks Into a Church – DLT
TV Shows
2007-ongoing- Not Going Out, BBC1/Avalon (co-writer) – RTS Award winner, Best Sitcom
2020-ongoing- Andy and The Band, CBBC/Three Arrows Media (writer)
2020 – Miranda: My Such Fun Celebration, BBC1/Monkey Kingdom (writer)
2017 – The Royal Variety Performance, ITV (writer)
2016 – Top Gear, BBC1 (writer)
2016 – BBC Music Awards, BBC1 (writer)
2016 – Buble at the BBC, BBC1 (writer)
2016 – Joanna Lumley sitcom pilot, Sky1/Yalli (writer)
2016 – The Landlord (Romesh Ranganathan sitcom pilot), Sky1/What Larks (script editor)
2015 – TFI Friday, Channel 4/Zimple Productions (programme associate)
2008-2014 – Miranda, BBC1 (co-writer) – British Comedy Award winner, Best New Comedy

Phil Allcock

Phil is a freelance copywriter and author who lives in Cheshire with his wife Jan and a white fluffy dog called Chester. He has had a fantasy trilogy for young adults published, and 40 children’s stories on TV and radio (some of which were read by Lenny Henry, Paul Nicholas and Tom Hollander).

He has also had two picture books and a board book published by Maverick Arts. In his spare time, Phil enjoys photography, badminton, playing his guitar and sampling the wares of many different coffee shops and pubs.

Highlights

2017 Clumpety Bump – Maverick Arts
2016 Animal Magic – Maverick Arts
2014 Catankerous King Colin – Maverick Arts
1992 The Fading Realm – Kingsway Publications
1991 In Search of the Golden Sceptre – Kingsway Publications
1989 The Will of Dargan – Kingsway Publications

2009 The Multicoloured Jungle, a series of radio stories – Cbeebies
1988 – 1995 Children’s stories for television – BBC1 and ITV
1988 – 1991 Magazine stories including ‘Humbert the Hungry Hare’ for BBC

Sue Downing

Sue Downing lives and works in a little Eco-house in Newcastle upon Tyne with her husband, two children and a one-eyed cat called Martha. Since leaving Edinburgh College of art in the late 1990’s, Sue has worked in-house, on a freelance basis, as a book illustrator, product/licensed character developer, a designer/maker for jewellery, greetings cards and wrapping paper. Her inspirations are many – from knitted toys, Japanese design, and Scandinavian Chic to Modernism, Dick Bruna and Info graphics. Sue is drawn to anything that is quirky, humorous and minimal in design, which is reflected in her illustrations.

Sue is the author and illustrator of ‘Circus Mum’ a humorous and clever book highlighting how much each mum has to juggle every day!

Highlights

2019 Circus Mum – Sellers Production

2016 Look, Look! Baby Animal Friends – Bloomsbury

2016 Cheap, Cheap! Baby Animal Friends – Bloomsbury

 

Louise Forshaw

Louise is an Illustrator and Author living in the North East. She works from home in a small studio being supervised by 3 very noisy and naughty Jack Russell Terriers. After graduating from Newcastle College with a BA Hons in illustration and Animation, she turned her attention to children’s books. 

To date, she has illustrated over 50 books and is the Author and Illustrator of the Busy Book Series in 2016.

Highlights

2020 My Atlas Series – Soleil Publishers

2019 Find Out About Series – Pat-a-Cake Books

2019 Little Explorers Series – Floris Books

Awards

Find Out About Series – Progressive Preschool Finalist 2019

Julia Seal

Julia knew from the age of five what she wanted to do for a living—draw pictures! After graduating with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration and then working in the greeting card industry (and getting covered in glitter every day!) she finally moved onto her dream job, illustrating children’s books. She found that each of her pictures had a story behind it so she started writing them down. Her first authored book, “The Sketchbook” was published by Peter Pauper Press in March 2019.

She lives in a small village in England with her husband and two children, who provide plenty of inspiration!

Highlights

2020 Superheroes – Dorling Kindersley Ltd.

2020 Alone Together – Dorling Kindersley Ltd.

2019 The Sketchbook – Peter Pauper

Simon Abbott

Artist and author Simon Abbott has been illustrating and writing children’s books, games and stationery for over 15 years.

He specialises in bold colours and delightful characters of all kinds and describes his work as fun, fresh and happy.

His easy style has instant appeal and helps to communicate complex ideas and concepts in a flash. Whether he is drawing playground fun, astronauts, dinosaurs or monkeys swinging through trees, his art is always engaging and is guaranteed to make children smile.

Simon lives and works in Suffolk, UK, with his partner, their three boys and two cats called Brian and Sheila. When he hasn’t got a pen or paintbrush in his hand, he enjoys singing in the ‘Suffolk Soul Singers’, camping at music festivals, running and chocolate ice-cream.

Highlights

100 Questions about –Peter Pauper
Happy Street Series – Egmont

Awards

Happy Street Series – Silver Winner Practical Pre-School Awards

Look & Feel Series – Shortlisted for The Children, Baby and Toddler Award

100 Questions – Shortlisted for The Buyer’s Choice Award

Sally Anne Garland

Sally Anne Garland loved drawing and stories from a very early age. After studying illustration at Edinburgh College Of Art she worked for many years as an in-house Designer/ Illustrator for a number of retail suppliers, before becoming a full-time freelance Children’s Illustrator with Advocate Art Ltd in 2010.

Having successfully had her first author/illustrator picture books, Share and Don’t Speak With Your Mouth Full published with Little Tiger Press; she then went on to work closely with Caroline to have a further four Authored/Illustrated picture books published through Collaborate Agency.

She now currently lives in Glasgow with her partner and son.

Highlights

2013 Share – Little Tiger Press
2014 Don’t Squeak With Your Mouth Full – Ciranda Cultural
2015 Tig And Tog, The Discovery – Top That Publishing
2020 Bear Was There – New Frontier Publishing
2020 The Brave Little Pirate – New Frontier Publishing

Lucy Barnard

Lucy studied for her illustration degree in Exeter before moving to London to work in publishing. She subsequently joined Advocate Art as a freelance artist and after illustrating many books for other authors, she wrote and illustrated ‘Squirrel’s Busy Day’ in 2013. Since then she has written and illustrated many other picture books and has recently started writing for other illustrators. 

Lucy is from Cheltenham but now lives in Manchester with her husband and two children. 

Highlights

2013 Squirrel’s Busy Day – QED Publishing
2014 My Princess Adventure – Milly&Flynn
2014 My Astronaut Adventure – Milly&Flynn
2014 My Zookeeper Adventure – Milly&Flynn
2015 My Pirate Adventure – Milly&Flynn
2016 Be Careful Barney! – QED Publishing
2017 Archie’s Bag of Treasures – QED Publishing
2017 I’m Bigger Than You – QED Publishing
2018 Five Minute Tales – Igloo Books
2018 It Wasn’t Me! – Igloo Books
2018 Bossy Little Monkey – Ciranda Cultural
2020 Ruby & Graham – New Frontier
2020 Ocean Adventure – Triciclio
2020 Holly’s Christmas Adventure – Triciclio
2020 Run, Rabbits, Run! – Ciranda Cultural
2020 Hurry Home, Harriet – QED Publishing