Illustrators / Photographers / Etc.
Born in 1989, Beti lives in Addis Ababa with her parents, grandmother, twin sister Yordanos and two older sisters.
Sarah Adams studied Art and Design at Hull College of Art. After graduating she completed a post-graduate in illustration at Central St Martins School of Art in London. Sarah has worked for numerous and varied publishers including Walker Books, Orchard books and The Times but GARY AND RAY was the first picture book she both wrote and illustrated. She has exhibited her work widely in London both in mixed and solo shows. .....
KAMYAR ADL was born and brought up in Iran. After finishing school Kamyar spent a short while at Azad University studying photography but he soon left to do his military service in some desert near the Iran/Iraq border. He never went back to university but he did some photography jobs, one of which being taking photos of old doors and windows in downtown Tehran for a famous Iranian architect. Then at the age of 25 he married Shirin and moved to England. .....
SHIRIN ADL was born in the UK but was brought up in Iran. She studied Illustration at Loughborough University, going ton to win the Hallmark M&S Talented Desginer Award. She was Booktrust's official illustrator forChildren's Book Week in 2010. Her books for Frances Lincoln include Pea Boy: Stories from Iran with Elizabeth Laird, Ramadan Moon with Na'ima B Robert, and Let's Celebrate: Festival Poems from Around the World with Debjani Chatterjee. .....
Sylvain Ageorges is a photographer specializing in Paris. He has photographed two previous guidebooks for The Little Bookroom, The Authentic Bistros of Paris and The Brasseries of Paris.
Patrice Aggs was born and brought up in the United States, but now lives in West Sussex, England. She has illustrated over thirty-five picture books for children. In the early 1980s she was part of the team which produced the animated film The Snowman.
Patrice is currently writing picture books, illustrating and printmaking. She lives on a farm in West Sussex with her husband and two teenagers. .....
POLLY ALAKIJA is a British artist living and working in South Africa. Before that, she lived for fifteen years in Nigeria. Her paintings have been widely exhibited in Africa and Europe, and her previous books include Catch That Goat for Barefoot Books. This is her first book for Frances Lincoln. She lives in Tewkesbury, Gloscestershire.
June Allan was born in Edinburgh and can't remember a time when she didn't love drawing: in her pram, in lessons at school, in Art College, in teacher training college! She has illustrated many children's books. She still lives in Edinburgh with her husband, two children, three guinea pigs and lots of goldfish.
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Sandrine Alouf is a French photographer whose photographs appear in Paris Chic & Trendy and Boutique and Chic Hotels in Paris (both The Little Bookroom). Her installation of photographs of clouds along the platform of the RER Luxemboug station in Paris was called "À ciel ouvert" ("Open to the sky").
Scoular Anderson is Scottish by birth. He studied Graphic Design at the Glasgow School of Art and worked as an illustrator for London University. He worked as a teacher at a comprehensive school in Scotland. He has been a freelance writer and illustrator for 16 years. To visit Scoular Anderson's website click here
Wayne Anderson has illustrated over 20 books for children. He was overall Winner of the V&A Illustration Award for Gnomes and Gardens, written by Nigel Suckling, and Highly Commended for The Tin Forest, by Helen Ward.
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Ian Andrew's illustrated books include The Lion and the Mouse, shortlisted for the 1996 Mother Goose Award. He lives in Croydon, Surrey.
Matthew trained at Saint Martin's School of Art in London and has been a photographer for twelve years. Commercial clients include Nike, ICI Dulux, Dunlop, and Royal Mail as well as a number of City & Wall Street names. Arts clients include the Arts Council, British Council, South Bank Centre, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Faber & Faber. Matthew is also house photographer at the Brighton Dome and photographs the Brighton Festival each May. .....
Catherine Anholt and her husband Laurence are a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books – including the Chimp and Zee series – have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Catherine grew up in the Cotswolds as one of a family of eight. After a brief nursing career, she found her true vocation as an artist at Falmouth Art School, leaving to take an MA at the Royal College of Art in London. .....
Laurence Anholt is part of a husband-and-wife team who have worked together on more than 60 picture books, published all over the world in more than 17 different languages. Their picture books – including the Chimp and Zee series – have won numerous awards and have been featured on television and radio. Laurence has been described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today. .....
Edward Ardizzone was the eldest of five children. In 1905 his family moved to Ipswich, where he learnt to know and love the little coastal steamers that he was to draw so often in the Little Tim books. Illustrator of more than 170 much-loved children's books, Edward Ardizzone was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1956 and the CBE in 1971. He died in 1979.
Carole Armstrong has for many years been an art teacher and museum educator, working both in England and in the USA. She has introduced art activities, tours, workshops, poetry and art competitions for children.
ROS ASQUITH has been a Guardian cartoonist for 20 years, and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people, including the bestseller The Great Big Book of Families, with Mary Hoffman, the Teenage Worrier series, Letters from an Alien Schoolboy-which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize- and her debut picture story book It’s Not Fairy. She worked as a photographer, designer and teacher before becoming a theatre critic for Time Out and the Observer, and diary writer for the TV Times. .....
Colin Backhouse is a former professional rugby player and has been working in illustration for around 30 years. He lives in Leeds.
Peter Bailey was born in India. He studied art at Brighton Art School and went on to run the illustration department at Liverpool Art School.
Harry Baker was fruit officer for many years at the Royal Horticultural Society and is one of Britain's foremost authorities on apple growing.
Christina Balit was born in Manchester but grew up in the Middle East. She studied at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art, and also attended Morley Theatre School and Questors Theatre School. She has exhibited widely and is also a playwright. Her books have won several nominations, commendations and a shortlist place for the Kate Greenway Medal. Kingdom of the Sun (written by Jaqueline Mitton), won the 2002 English Association Award for non-fiction. .....
Jan Barger Cohen has illustrated many children's picture books.
Paul Barker was born in Yorkshire and still lives there. He is an architectural and landscape photographer working extensively for Country Life and English Heritage.
Alison Bartlett writes and illustrates children's books for major publishers in Europe, Asia, Australia and the United States. She lives in Bath with her son Joel and two Jack Russell terriers.
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Jill Barton has always loved drawing and children’s books, but didn’t pursue this passion as a career for many years. At the age of 44, having married and brought up three children, Jill enrolled on a degree in illustration. She graduated in 1988 and hasn’t looked back since. Jill has illustrated many bestselling books for children and received numerous awards for her work. She now has five grandchildren, and lives and works in Devon, England.
Stephen Batchelor is a Buddhist teacher and the author of many books including the best-selling Buddhism Without Beliefs. He has been taking photographs throughout the world for the past 30 years.
Helen Bate is an exciting and versatile illustrator, who previously qualified as an architect. Her work for Frances Lincoln includes the Purple Class stories by Sean Taylor and Sita, Snake-Queen of Speed by Franzeska Ewart. She is also the publisher of Pictures to Share, a series of illustrated books for people with dementia. Her picture book ABC UK by James Dunn was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. .....
Pauline Baynes drew the original line illustrations for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Her portrayals of Middle Earth and Narnia helped transform the books into towering classics, which, in 2000, were voted Book of the Millennium and Children's Book of the Millennium respectively by the Library Association. She illustrated all Tolkien's other books during his lifetime and after his death was commissioned to illustrate Bilbo's Last Song.
Rosalind Beardshaw has been illustrating for over 10 years. “I grew up in Sheffield,” she says. “Thanks to creative parents I was encouraged to draw (and use fuzzy felt!) and was taken to art galleries on rainy Saturday afternoons.My favourite subject at school was Art so it was an easy decision to become an artist.” Rosalind gained a degree at Manchester Polytechnic and began work designing greetings cards and giftwrap, then slowly moved into book illustration. .....
Rob Beighton is one of the foremost photographers of wilderness and landscape subjects. He divides his time between the west of Ireland, New Zealand and Cornwall. His other books for Frances Lincoln are Best Walks in Ireland (ISBN 9780711224209) and A Year in the Life of North Cornwall (ISBN 9780711228795).
Joško Belamarić, art historian and director of the Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture at Split since 1992, is the author of books, studies and papers on art of the later antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in Dalmatia. He has held the post of Professor in Iconology at the University of Zadar since 1985 and travels widely as a lecturer. For his scholarly and professional work, he has received several prestigious prizes and awards.
Primrose Bell is a photographer and journalist with a second life and home in Italy.
Photojournalist and stylist Nally Bellati was born in Italy and raised in England. She has contributed photographs and features to all major Italian magazines as well as by-lined columns in Harper's Bazaar Uomo and L'Uomo Vogue. Her book New Italian Design was translated into four languages. She lives in Venice.
IAN BENFOLD HAYWooD studied Fine Art at the Nottingham School of Art and Design and Illustration at the North Wales School of Art & Design. He has painted in Spain, worked as a community artist and been an art teacher, been marketing manager for a Japanese company and established his own business supplying components to the major audio-logical manufacturers in Europe – as well as illustrating a number of children's books. .....
Jenny Bent's family live in Jamaica, but she has her home near London. Jenny began working as an illustrator after graduating from Harrow Art College. She has written and illustrated several books. She lectures in art and design and in 1992, she travelled to Nigeria on British Council bursary to hold children's book illustration workshops.
Hans Dietrich Beyer, born in Berlin in 1955, studied history and archaeology. He has worked as a professional photographer for the past 20 years. His regular commissioners include The State Museums of Berlin (Pergamon Museum), Museum 'Topography of Terror' Berlin (former SS-Headquarters), Jewish Community of Berlin, Touro University New York/Berlin and many other public institutions.
Caroline Binch's illustrations for Hue Boy, written by Rita Phillips Mitchell, won the Smarties Prize. She illustrated the bestselling story Amazing Grace and several other Grace stories by Mary Hoffman. Gregory Cool, which Caroline wrote and illustrated, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, and her Since Dad Left won the United Kingdom Book Award in 1998.
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Marcus Binney CBE is Architecture Correspondent to the Times of London and founder and President of SAVE Britain's Heritage. He is also co-presenter of the 39-part TV series Great Houses of Europe. He has written frequently on country houses from Portugal to Poland. His other title for Frances Lincoln is Croatia (ISBN 9780711229211). He lives in Jersey.
Bill Birkett is one of Britain's foremost mountain writers and photographers. Photography, climbing and walking have been his lifelong passions. He first started exploring the mountains with his father Jim Birkett, a leading climber and naturalist. Twice a winner of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild BEST OUTDOOR BOOK for his A Year in the Life of the Duddon Valley. and A Year in the Life of Langdale Valley, Bill is also the author of photographic portaits of Borrowdale and Glencoe and Scafell - Portrait of a Mountain. .....
Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and best-loved illustrators of our time, and his books with a wide range of authors, including Joan Aiken, Russell Hoban, Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl, have been treasured by generations of children throughout the world. In 1999 he became the first Children's Laureate. In 2005 he was awarded a CBE.
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Erik Blegvad is the distinguished illustrator of more than a hundred books for children. Some of his published credits include Kitty and Mr. Kipling: Neighbors in Vermont; The Young Hans Christian Andersen; Anna Banana and Me; and Hurry, Hurry, Mary Dear. He divides his time between London and Vermont.
Richard Bloom has an intense interest in plant photography, with dramatic, detailed close-ups his specialty. His pictures have been widely published.
Suzanne Bloom in her own words: I come from cowboys and I come from Queens. Let me explain. My grandfather's saddle was stored in the basement of our house in Portland, Oregon. I remember its leather smell and how it creaked when I straddled it – and his cowboy boots… My dad's job took us east when I was five, and we lived in a hotel in New York City, almost like Eloise, until we moved to a garden apartment in Queens. .....
The work of photographer Mark Bolton has been published in most of the high-quality lifestyle and garden/home magazines in Europe and he has been principal photographer for a number of books. He lives in Bristol.
Dama has three sons and a daughter and her own small shop on the roadside between Yabelo and Mega in Ethiopia.
Clive Boursnell is a renowned photographer of architecture, gardens, landscapes and, above all, people. He turned to photography as the culmination of a career which included classical ballet and working as a woodsman, a farmhand, a miner and prospector and a mountaineer. He lives in London.
Derry Brabbs is regarded as one of England's finest photographers within the sphere of heritage and landscape, with over 20 illustrated books to his credit. His stunning colour photographs for the worldwide best-seller James Herriot's Yorkshire contributed to its success. He is the author of several beautifully photographed titles celebrating England's landscape and architectural legacy. Derry lives in Harrogate. .....
Francesca Bregoli received her PhD in History at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dissertation entitled 'Mediterranean Enlightenment: Jewish Acculturation in Livorno, 1737–1790' (2007). She received a Laurea in Oriental Languages from the University of Venice, Italy (1998) and a Masters in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (2001). Her research interests include early modern cultural history, Jewish-Christian relations, and the history of the book. .....
Lorette Broekstra is the author/ illustrator of the successful Baby Bear series of picture books published by Lothian, which have sold in excess of 190,000 copies around the world. She lived in the Netherlands for eight years, where she worked as a freelance illustrator, before returning to Australia in 1996. As a mother to two young children, she developed an interest in children's literature and was inspired by her daughter's teddy bear to create her first children's book. .....
Ron Brooks is a picture book artist with a career spanning over 35 years. His previous books include The Bunyip of Berkeleys Creek, Aranea, John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat and Motor Bill and the Lovely Caroline by Jenny Wagner; the Honey and Bear books by Ursula Dubosarsky; the Henry books by Margaret Perversi; Old Pig and Fox by Margaret Wild. He lives in Tasmania.
Marc Brown is best known as the creator of US smash sensation Arthur the Aardvark, star of many picture books and a five-time Emmy Award-winning TV show.
Palmer Brown (1920-2012) was born in Chicago and attended Swarthmore and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author and illustrator of five books for children, including Beyond the Pawpaw Trees and its sequel, The Silver Nutmeg; Cheerful; and Hickory-all forthcoming from The New York Review Children's Collection.
Eileen Browne worked as a school teacher and youth worker before becoming an author and illustrator. Her best known books are Handa's Surprise , Handa's Hen and No Problem . Handa's Surprise and No Problem were both shortlisted for awards.
Mark Burgess has written and illustrated over 40 books and illustrated a further 40 by other authors. He lives in Taunton, Somerset.
MARIE BURLINGTON illustrated Trouble for Tuffy in the O'Brien FLYERS series. Helpful Hannah was the first book she both wrote and illustrated herself. Marie is also the author and illustrator of Dear Me!
Adam Burton is a landscape photographer living in Hampshire. In 2007 he was named winner of the landscape category in the annual photographic awards of Wanderlust Magazine.
Stephen Butler trained at Bath Academy of Arts. He now works as a freelance illustrator and tutor in Art and Design at Tower Hamlets College. He lives in London.
Bob Byrne is a comic book artist and designer who lives in Dublin. His comics have appeared in dozens of publications throughout the world.
Robots Don't Cry! is his first book for children.
Matthew Byrne has photographed churches in every county of England and has published illustrated articles on the subject in a number of magazines. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 1988 for his work in architectural photography.
Michelle Cartlidge was born in London. She became a student at both Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art studying Ceramics. Her first book, Pippen and Pod won the Mother Goose Award. Her Teddy Trucks books were made into a BBC TV cartoon series.
The Cartoon Saloon was founded in Kilkenny.
VALENTINA CAVALLINI was born and brought up in Milan, Italy. She studied Illustration at Chelsea School of Art and Design and the University of the West of England, Bristol, where she now lives. She works in watercolour, combining hand-painted paper with found materials to create textured images. In 2007 her illustrations were chosen for the Bologna Book Fair Illustrators' Exhibition and toured Japan and Korea. .....
Grania Cavendish, is a painter and a photographer. She and her husband, Hugh Cavendish, have lived, worked and gardened at Holker since they inherited the estate in 1972.
Margaret Chamberlain is a well-respected illustrator of children's books. She lives in Dorset. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Has Anyone Seen Jack?, Look Out He's Behind You and Tales from Grimm.
Gaye Chapman is a fine artist and illustrator who explores mixed media in her artwork. She used sepia ink line drawings, acrylic ink plus tea-stained paintings, and collaged metallic papers to create Precious Little's world. Gaye's picture book, Little Blue, was the winner of the Children's Book Award in the 2009 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.
Warren Chappell (1904-1991) was a prominent American graphic artist, book illustrator, and typographer. He illustrated many classic texts, among them Gulliver's Travels, Moby-Dick, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker; created two highly regarded typefaces, Lydian and Trajanus; and wrote several books on typography, including the classic Short History of the Printed Word.
Emma Chichester Clark studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. In 1988 she won the Mother Goose Award for her first book, Listen to This!, an anthology compiled by Laura Cecil. Since then, she has become internationally known, illustrating writers such as Roald Dahl, Peter Dickinson, Anne Fine and Margaret Mahy. Emma was the first winner of the newly created Grinzane Junior Award for I Love you, Blue Kangaroo.
Brian Choo is a Perth-based artist who has been studying and reconstructing fossil animals for many years.
Hu Chui is head of the photographic and information department of the Palace Museum, Beijing. His work has been published to international acclaim, and exhibited in the UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the USA.
John Clementson studied at Carlisle College of Art and Wolverhampton Polytechnic before starting his career as a painter. He has received commissions from companies as diverse as Sony, British Airways, Decca, Coca-Cola, London Transport and Citroen.
Sir Timothy Clifford was director of the National Galleries of Scotland for 21 years and before that he was director of Manchester City Art Galleries for six years. Previously he worked in the Victoria & Albert Museum (Ceramics Department) and the British Museum (Print Room). He has published widely in periodical literature on Italian Art and collaborated in mounting monographic exhibitions in Scotland on Raphael, Titian, Bernini and Canova. .....
Kindra Clineff travels far and wide specializing in location photography for commercial and editorial clients. She regularly produces feature assignments for national magazines in the US, and her images have appeared in numerous books and calendars. When not chasing light, Kindra enjoys cultivating heirloom vegetables and attempts to tame the perennial garden of her seventeenth century home in Massachusetts. .....
Chris Coady trained in Illustration at Manchester Polytechnic. A freelance illustrator of children's books, he has also worked for design groups in Manchester and London.
Jason Cockcroft was born and brought up in West Yorkshire, where he lives in Ilkley. He studied Fine Art at Falmouth School of Art. Jason began his career while still at art school. He is the illustrator of the Harry Potter jackets. He lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.
VALERIE COLIN-RUSS was a career civil servant before becoming a London Guide and Chairman of the London Appreciation Society for six years; she is now a Vice-President of the Society. Although she has travelled extensively, London remains her favourite city. She has been described as London's leading lion-hunter and has given many lectures on London's lion statuary. She lives in west London.
Jacqui is a painter who exhibits regularly and has work in private collections internationally. She is also a director of a graphic design and new media company.
Donal Cooper is Assistant Professor in the History of Art Department at the University of Warwick. A specialist in the artistic patronage of the Franciscan Order in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, he has published widely on the art and architecture of the friars in Italy, particularly in Umbria. Donal is currently preparing a book on the Basilica of San Francesco at Assisi.
Jim Coplestone studied Graphic Illustration at Exeter College of Art and completed an MA in Theatre Design. His rapport with children has led him to work as a primary school teacher, arts workshop leader and home-tutor and this is apparent in his lively ink pictures. He lives in Symondsbury, Dorset. Jim's books for Frances Lincoln are Noah's Bed, Animals Aboard, Seven for a Secret, A Walk in the Wild Woods and The No-No Bird.
Val Corbett has been a freelance photographer for 20 years. Her garden photographs appear regularly in national magazines such as English Garden and Country Life. Gardens of the Lake District by Tim Longville, with photographs by Val Corbett (Frances Lincoln) won the 2008 Lakeland Book of the Year Award.
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Robin Bell Corfield studied Painting at Norwich School of Art and took a PGCE at Reading University. He taught for many years, before becoming a full-time illustrator. He lives in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Joe Cornish is a travel photographer specialising in landscapes. He has worked for the National Trust and many environmental agencies, as well as producing articles for photography magazines. He lectures widely in the UK and abroad.
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Stjepan Cosic was born in 1964. He studied history and sociology at the University of Zadar and completed his doctorate at the University of Zagreb in 1988. He has worked as an archivist in the State Archives in Dubrovnik and as a researcher at the Institute for Historical Sciences in Dubrovnik. Since 2004 he has been Director of the Croatian State Archives in Zagreb. He lectures in graduate and doctoral studies in Zagreb and Dubrovnik, and has published several books and scientific papers.
Curator, The Royal Holloway Collection, and Guest Curator of the Exhibition
Francesca Crespi has illustrated many gift books for children. She is known for the richness of her illustrations and her original use of paper engineering in the design of her books.
Dr Gordon Cressey is the Head of Mineral Sciences in the department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum, London.
John Cromartie is an expert on Scottish agates with 35 years collecting experience.
A distinguished writer with many books and articles to his credit, Professor Emeritus James Stevens Curl has made considerable contributions to an understanding of the Victorian era with such works as Piety Proclaimed: An Introduction to Places of Worship in Victorian England and The Victorian Celebration of Death. He has acquired an enviable international reputation for thoroughness of research, impeccable scholarship, and lucidity of style, and has not been afraid to venture into paths unfrequented by those of a more timid disposition. .....
Allan Curless was a political cartoonist for 16 years, working mostly for the Sunday Times. His first children's book, Cat's Song with Andrew Matthews, was shortlisted for the Mother Goose Award and the Smarties Prize in 1994. He died in 1997.
Penny Dale is a highly successful illustrator of children's books.
Jude Daly was born in London and emigrated to South Africa as a young child. She went to art college in Cape Town, and now lives there with her husband, the writer and illustrator Niki Daly, and their two sons.
Niki Daly has won many awards for his exuberant work. His groundbreaking Not So fast Songololo (1986), winner of a U.S Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Since then, he has been published across the globe and has visited and presented talks in several countries. Among his many Frances Lincoln books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the US Children's Africana Book Awards of 2004. .....
Emma Damon trained at Manchester Art School, where she gained a first class honours degree, followed by an MA. Emma's interests iinclude fashion and textiles. She has worked for museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, and the V&A in London. She now lives near Melbourne, Australia.
Penny Dann is a successful children's illustrator.
Prodeepta Das was born in Cuttack, in eastern India. He is a freelance photographer and author whose pictures have been published in over 20 children's books. In 1991 Inside India, which he also wrote, won the Commonwealth Photographer's Award. Prodeepta's books for Frances Lincoln are P is for Pakistan, Prita Goes to India, K is for Korea, We are Britain!, Geeta's Day, I is for India, J is for Jamaica, Kamal Goes to Trinidad, P is for Poland, T is for Turkey, S is for South Africa, R is for Russia and B is for Bangladesh.
Maria de Fatima Campos was born in Brazil. She runs photographic workshops for both children and photographers, and held a one-woman show at the Museum of Image and Sound in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 1995 she was elected Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. She lives in London.
Christopher de Hamel has been Donnelley Fellow Librarian of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, since 2000. From 1975 to 2000 he was responsible for all sales of medieval and illuminated manuscripts at Sotheby's, London. He has written many books on medieval manuscripts and the history of book collecting.
Lucia deLeiris is an American painter who has exhibited her work widely throughout the US. A zoologist by training, she combines science and art in her work. The illustrator of Natural History of the Antarctic Peninsular, her work for children includes posters for National Geographic, two Dover Colouring Books, and classroom materials for the US Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Mark Denton is one of Britain's finest young landscape photographers, his work drawing praise from leading professionals. His work principally covers the north of England and has been used by clients worldwide. He is the author of London: the 100 Greatest Panoramas (Constable) and Yorkshire Moors and Wolds (9780711228245) and Edinburgh (9780711228764) for Frances Lincoln. He lives in North Yorkshire. .....
SUE DeGENNARO studied film at uni, learnt to weld and draw at art school, then became an aerialist and performance artist. She now lives in Melbourne with her two girls, where her days are spent writing stories of things that make her giggle. She received an Australian Society of Authors mentorship in 2007, and has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Crichton Award 2010. Her most recent books include The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas with Tony Wilson (Notable Book, CBCA Awards 2010) and The Tomorrow Book with Jackie French.
Bucharest-born Dan Dinescu is best known for his marvellous documentation of Maramures, a region in north-west Romania where life stayed unchanged for centuries. Over the course of 25 years, he has captured the people and places of this remote country in luminous, memorable images.
Jill Dow trained at the Royal College of Art. She now works as a freelance illustrator specializing in natural history. She is a keen gardener and is particularly passionate about growing vegetables organically. Jill regularly attends events in libraries and schools in her area. She lives in Stirling, Scotland.
Polly Dunbar was born in Stratford upon Avon. Daughter of children's author Joyce Dunbar, Polly first started illustrating when she was 16 and has a degree in Illustration at the University of Brighton. Polly's books for Frances Lincoln are Down the Back of the Chair, Measuring Angels, Looking After Louis and Bubble Trouble. She lives in Brighton, Sussex.
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Sarah Dyer was born in Brighton in 1978. She moved to London to study a BA in Illustration at Kingston University. Her first book Five Little Fiends, which won the 2001 Smarties Bronze Award, started as a project in the second year of University. Her favourite medium to work in is oil pastels, ink, pencils and collage. She lectures in Illustration at Kingston and Middlesex universities and has recently completed an MA in Illustration/Sequential Design at Brighton University. .....
David Ekserdjian has been Professor of History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester since 2004. Currently a Trustee of the National Gallery and of Tate, and a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art, he is the author of numerous publications, including Correggio (1997), Parmigianino (2006) and Alle Origini della Natura Morta (2007). In 2004 he was made an Honorary Citizen of the town of Correggio.
David Entrican is a professional landscape photographer living in Devon. Working with a specialist panoramic film camera and slow speed film, his photographs exhibit outstanding detail and vibrant colours. His first book A Year On Dartmoor is also published by Frances Lincoln
Laurie Fallows has been a teacher and school inspector all his life. For 50 years he has conducted guided walks for the National Parks, and for educational and recreational organisations in Northern Britain. He lives in Windermere.
Paul Farnham learnt the art of fashion photography by working alongside the likes of Bryan Adams, Annie Liebowitz and Brigitte Lacombe. He now has an impressive portfolio of clients including Burberry, Oyster and Dansk. Paul’s renowned ability to make his models feel relaxed in front of the camera was fully tested by the unique demands of applying fashion photography techniques to some unusual catwalk models in Beautiful Sheep.
Brian Feeney, a political columnist with the Irish News, is a leading nationalist commentator and frequent broadcaster on Northern Ireland affairs. He was an SDLP councillor for sixteen years. He is co-author of Lost Lives: the story of the men, women and children killed in the Northern Ireland troubles. In 2001 the book won the Christopher Ewart-Biggs award for its contribution to reconciliation in Ireland and Europe. .....
Francisco Fernández is Professor of Photography at Granada University. His photographs are widely exhibited and they are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Fine Arts Museum, Santander. He lives in Granada.
Michael Fewer is an architect, environmentalist and writer whose published work over the last twenty years has included 14 books on subjects varying from architectural history and travel to walking and nature guides. His most recent books are Walking across Ireland, the story of a walking journey across Ireland at the turn of the millennium and (as co-author with Maurice Craig), The New Neighbourhood of Dublin, a history of the architecture of County Dublin.
Robert W. Fichter is Professor of Art at Florida State University. His photography has appeared in numerous exhibitions and books.
Francis Firebrace is a 'Wirrigan man', a name given to a wise Aboriginal elder whose songs, including traditional didgeridoo, retell the old stories and speak of freeing the spirit. He is one of Australia's foremost Aboriginal storytellers who has been 'yarning' since he can't remember when and performing at schools, festivals and theatres. He is also a highly respected artist whose works have been displayed throughout the world. .....
Chris Fisher has illustrated around 65 books including Nonsense Nursery Rhymes (for which he received the Play and Learn Gold Award in 1998) and The Snow Dragon for which he received a Kate Greenaway Medal nomination in 2000.
Rosemary Flannery has lived in France since 1989 and enjoys dual French-American nationality. She graduated with honors from Columbia University in 1985 with a degree in French language and literature, and studied Méthodologie de l'Architecture with Professor Claude Mignot, an authority on Parisian building façades, at the Sorbonne. While at Columbia she co-produced and hosted French Encounters, a public-access television program on French culture produced in conjunction with the French Embassy. .....
Bridget Flemming was born on the Chatsworth estate and bases much of her work around that unique place. She is a Licentiate of the British Institute of Professional Photography and of the Master Photographers' Association.
Michael Foreman trained at the Lowestoft Art School, St. Martin's School of Art, and the Royal College of Art in London. He has illustrated numerous books for children and has also written and illustrated many books of his own, including War Game, a moving Christmas story based on a true incident in World War I, and War Boy, an account of his own childhood in England, which was one of The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Books of 1990 and winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal. .....
SOPHIE FOSTER graduated from Falmouth School of Art in 2008. The Dumpy Princess is her first book. Sophie lives in Bristol.
Christyan Fox has written and illustrated many children's books. He lives in Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Robert Freidus is a graduate of the Wharton School. He ran a gallery in New York's Soho, specialising in sculpture and photography and is now working on a collection of English New Sculpture.
Fiona French studied Art Education at Croydon College of Art and went on to work as Bridget Riley's assistant. In 1986 she won the Kate Greenaway Medal for Snow White in New York. In 1992 her first book for Frances Lincoln, Anancy and Mr Dry-Bone was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and chosen as a Children's Book of the Year. Pepi and the Secret Names (written by Jill Paton Walsh), was one of Child Education's Best Story Books of 1994 and shortlisted for the 1995 Children's Book Award. .....
Cathy Gale has written and illustrated more than 20 books for children.
Kim Gamble is one of Australia's leading illustrators for children.
Sarah Garland is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. During her childhood in the New Forest and in recent years she has concentrated on growing a very wide variety of herbs to use in her kitchen, and to treat minor ailments. .....
Georg Gerster has been taking aerial photographs since 1956 and has contributed to many illustrated books. He is also a journalist and has been widely published in books and magazines.
The artist, Vito Giallo, turned Wolfgang Beck's large midtown studio loft into an art gallery, known to all as The Loft Gallery. It was here that he gave Andy Warhol his first New York one-man show in October 1954. Giallo lives in New York.
Hannah Giffard's parents were both artists. Her books Red Fox and Red Fox on the Move were both shortlisted for the Children's Book of the Year Award. In the 1990s she created an award-winning animation series called "Pablo – the Little Red Fox", based on the Red Fox books and co-produced with Keith Tutt. The series has been shown on BBC television and throughout the world, winning a BAFTA in 2000 for Best International Children's Programme. .....
Bob Gill is an illustrator and graphic designer. He has won numerous awards for his graphic design work; sold illustrations to Esquire, Architectural Forum, Fortune, Seventeen, and The Nation magazines; illustrated children's books; and designed film titles. He lives in New York.
Chris Gilvan-Cartwright's work has been exhibited extensively. He has received a variety of commissions including BBC Proms main illustration and logo for their corporate identity 1998. He currently lives in Brighton.
Debi Gliori studied illustration and design at Edinburgh College of Art. Among her many successful picture books is the award-winning Mr Bear series. She lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
John Gollings is one of Australia's leading landscape photographers whose work has been widely published in books and magazines.
Elena Gomez was born in Spain and now lives and works in France.
Adriano Gon trained as a graphic designer. He has illustrated many picture books and texts by authors such as Philippa Pearce, Dick King Smith and Penelope Lively. He lives in Trieste, Italy.
Pippa Goodhart was a children's bookseller for 10 years and has now become a full time author with over 40 books published. She lives in Leicester with her husband and children.
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was born in Chicago. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, spent three years in the army testing poison gas, and attended Harvard College, where he majored in French literature and roomed with the poet Frank O'Hara. In 1953 Gorey published The Unstrung Harp, the first of his many extraordinary illustrated books, which include The Curious Sofa, The Haunted Tea Cosy, and The Epileptic Bicycle. .....
Dr David Gower is a systematic evolutionary biologist and herpetology researcher at the Natural History Museum, London, where he conducts research on the diversity of vertebrates. He has written and contributed to numerous papers, reports and popular science books on the subject.
Bob Graham's books are well known for their simplicity and humour, and manyhave been award-winners, including Oscar’s Half Birthday; Buffy(Smarties Bookprize silver award winner) and Let’s Get a Pup (shortlisted for the 2002 KateGreenaway medal; winner Boston Globe-Horn book award.) He won the 2000Smarties Gold medal for Max, the 2003 Kate Greenaway medal for Jethro Byrde,and the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Award four times. .....
Brita Granström grew up on a Swedish farm and has an MFA in Fine Art from Konstfack, Stockholm. She and Mick Manning live in the Scottish Borders have four sons. Their first book together, The World is Full of Babies won the Smarties Silver Award in 1996 and their second book, What's Under the Bed? took the TES Junior Information Book Award in 1997. Yum Yum and How Did I Begin? were 2 of the 6 children's books shortlisted for the Rhone Poulene Prize in 1998. .....
Picture book illustrator Armin Greder was born in Switzerland and migrated to Brisbane, Australia in 1971. Armin has worked as a graphic designer and currently lectures tertiary art students, illustrating picture books in between teaching and other interests. As a child Armin spent a lot of time drawing in the back of his exercise books when he should have been paying attention in class. In books such as The Great Bear and An Ordinary Day his art reflects his European background. .....
Piet Groblergrew up on a farm in Limpopo, South Africa. After working as a church minister, he made a career in illustration and now lectures at the University of Worcester. He is the recipient of many international illustration awards, including the IBBY Honours List. His books for Frances Lincoln include The Great Tug of War (9781845070557) and Aesop's Fables (9781847800077) with Beverley Naidoo, and Fussy Freya (9781845075118) with Katharine Quarmby. .....
Mendel Grossman was born in Lodz in 1917. After the occupation of Poland by the German Army in September 1939, he joined the underground in the town. Forced to live in the Lodz ghetto he used his position in the statistics department to obtain the material needed to take photographs. By hiding his camera in his raincoat, Grossman was able to take secret photographs of scenes in the ghetto.
Grossman continued to take photographs after he was deported to the Konigs Wusterhausen labour camp. .....
Born in 1988, Ashe lives on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with his parents, twin brother Samuel and young brother Efrem.
Dan Hallett was born in Northampton, UK, and studied at the Anglia Ruskin University Art School in Cambridge. He now works in Barcelona as a textile designer and illustrator, where he also exhibits his paintings and drawings. Dan's first book as illustrator was Jonathan Walker's Pistols! Treason! Murders!
Fran Halsall is one of the country’s up-and-coming young photographers, taking as her inspiration the wild landscapes, diverse geology and different habitats of the British Isles. Her work is widely published, appearing in advertising, calenders, magazines and books. Since 2004 she has taught photography courses on location in the Peak District National Park. Fran also won two prizes in the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards 2009 for The Peak District and North Yorkshire Limestone Pavements. .....
Jerry Harpur photographs gardens and plants all over the world. He has contributed pictures to well over three hundred books and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Garden Writers' Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. He has a special interest in international garden design, which he has spent years photographing and researching.
Alison Harris has worked throughout the world shooting photos for travel books, cookbooks, advertising campaigns, book covers, and magazine stories. Her latest books, Markets of Paris, The Pâtisseries of Paris, Chic Shopping Paris, and Food Wine The Italian Riviera & Genoa are published by The Little Bookroom.
Astrid Harrisson has more than ten years of industry experience in graphic design, photography, creative direction, and marketing. She began photographing animals in early 2008, working on a ranch high in the hills in northwest Argentina, where a lifelong adoration of all things animal fused dramatically with her creative side. Daily adventures, camera in hand, provided the opportunity for Astrid to capture the essence of ranch life from new perspectives and inspired a book on the history of the estancia. .....
Adrienne Hartman is an illustrator living in New York. Her work has been published by Gourmet, Entreee, Book of the Month Club, and other publications and books.
Roland Harvey is one of Australia's best-loved illustrators. His books include At the Beach, In the Bush and In the City and the Bonnie & Sam series - The Horses and Ponies of Currawong Creek, in collaboration with Alison Lester.
Charles Hawes' photographs of gardens regularly appear in the best gardening magazines. He has won several prizes in the annual RHS open photography competition, and was an exhibiting finalist in the 2008 International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition. He supplied all the photographs in Stephen Anderton's recent book Discovering Welsh Gardens, shortlisted for a 2009 Garden Media Guild award.
Photographer and filmmaker Paul Hawley is a wine country native, raised on his family vineyard overlooking the Dry Creek Valley. His feature film, Corked, premiered at film festivals in 2008.
Jonathan Heale studied typography and fine art at the Royal College of Art. He now works in oils and woodcuts, and his hand-painted china is much sought after.
Sally Heinrich is a freelance illustrator who has illustrated more than twenty books, as well as working for advertising agencies, design studios and government departments. Sally has lived in Singapore,
Sydney and Darwin and is now living in Adelaide.
SOPHIE HERXHEIMER is a painter and printmaker who loves stories. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, the South Bank and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester amongst other galleries. Her books include Wonder Tales, edited by Marina Warner. This is her second book with Sally Pomme Clayton for Frances Lincoln following Tales Told in Tents. Sophie lives in South London.
John Heseltine is an internationally known photographer specialising in food and travel. His work appears in national and international magazines – including Italy magazine, to which he is a regular contributor – and many illustrated books including the Dorling Kindersley Eye Witness travel guides.
Paul Hess was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1961. He went to art college in Sydney and then worked as a graphic designer and Art Director for various companies both in Sydney and London from 1981 to 1991. He has worked as a freelance art director and illustrator since then. His books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Dragon of Krakow, Hidden Tales from Eastern Europe, The King with Horse's Ears and The King and the Seed. .....
Lillian Hoban (1925-1998) was the author and illustrator of many favorite children's books, including Joe and Betsy the Dinosaur, Silly Tilly's Thanksgiving, and a series about Arthur the chimpanzee.
GRIZELDA HOLDERNESS was born in Zimbabwe, and has lived and worked in England for over twenty years. She studied at the Central School of Art and Design in London and has designed many book covers for Pan, Picador, Penguin, Everyman and Methuen, earning her the Pan Young Illustrator Award early on in her career. In addition, she has contributed illustrations for magazines such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Tatler, Cosmopolitan and New Scientist.
Tom Holman is a freelance writer living in Lindale in the southern Lake District. He has walked extensively in the Lakes, having been carried up his first fell at the age of 18 months. Before going freelance, Tom worked for The Bookseller, the weekly magazine for the books business.
Jeremy Hopley is one of Britain's best-known known lifestyle, still life, food, interiors, and travel photographers. In the past he has worked with numerous authors and chefs including Ken Hom and James Martin. Jeremy's work has appeared in books published by Jacqui Small, Kyle Cathie, Octopus Publishing, Ryland Peters & Small, and Transworld as well as a range of magazines. His list of corporate clients includes Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Nestlé.
EIKOH HOSOE is one of the most important 20th-century Japanese photographers, best known for his collaborations with Yukio Mishima and Tatsumi Hijikata, the founder of butoh dance. He has had solo exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and, in 2011, The Art Gallery of New South Wales.
Ying-Hwa Hu is married to Cornelius van Wright, and together they are a husband-wife illustration team. She was born in Taiwan, and now lives in New York City with her husband and two young children.
Dee Huxley studied design and craft at the National Art School, East Sydney. After graduating she taught visual arts in secondary schools in Australia and London, and later worked as a graphic designer for television. Dee has been illustrating picture books for many years and is now one of the most popular and well-known illustrators in Australia. A freelance illustrator since 1976, her work is displayed in galleries nationally and internationally. .....
Brian Jackson is the Head of Mineralogy at the National Museums of Scotland.
Joanna Jackson has lived in Richmond for more than 18 years. She has a strong interest in local history, and in 2000 she wrote and produced an audio tour of Richmond town centre for the local tourist authority. She is a guide at the nearby Wetlands Trust. A keen photographer, her images have been used in cards, calendars and books. Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are A Year in the Life of Kew Gardens, A Year in the Life of Richmond Park, A Year in the Life of Richmond and A Year in the Life of Padstow, Polzeath and Rock.
Shailja Jain is a freelance illustrator, animator and graphic designer. She loves dogs and trees and cyles round Pune, in India, sketching.
Ann James is a former art teacher who is now firmly established as a gifted illustrator of children's books. She has illustrated over 50 books, many of which have been published around the world.
Alison Jay specialised in illustration at the London College of Printing, where she gained a First Class Honours degree. Her first picture book was published in 1998, but she has previously worked on a wide range of advertising and packaging illustration and has many clients in the USA. She has also shown her work at various private exhibitions and galleries in the UK. Her book William and the Night Train was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and won the Transworld Children's Book Award.
Susie Jenkin-Pearce was born in Harrow, Middlesex. She studied Fine Art at Hornsey Art School and later did a course in illustration at her local art college in Harrow. She spent several years as a teacher working with children with reading difficulties and is now a full-time author/illustrator of children's books.
Steve Jenkins lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Robin Page, and their three children. Besides writing and illustrating children's books, Steve and his wife run a graphic design studio.
Andrea Jones is one of the world's foremost garden photographers, having built up an international reputation for her photographs of landscape architecture, gardens and plants. The latter was the subject of Andrea's critically acclaimed solo book Plantworlds (2005). She has collaborated on numerous other book projects since Bold Plants and Grasses and Bamboos, both by Noel Kingsbury (1999). Andrea's collection of work forms the stock library Garden Exposures and appears in the international press including Gardens Illustrated, Garden Design (USA), House and Garden and The Daily Telegraph. .....
Ana Juan's witty, dream-like paintings have appeared on book and album jackets, film festival posters and in numerous magazines.
Adrienne Kennaway studied at Ealing Art School and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome. A great lover of all forms of nature, she won the 1987 Kate Greenaway Medal for Crafty Chameleon. She lives in County Kerry, Ireland. Adrienne's books for Frances Lincoln are This is the Oasis, This is the Reef and This is the Tree, Jungle Song and Arctic Song, Rainbow Bird and Curious Clownfish.
Following a degree in English and Art NICOLA KENT sold handmade greetings cards before getting sidetracked into a successful career as a TV producer. She went on to produce a wide range of programmes for the BBC and Channel 4, and also wrote for top-rating children's animation The Cramp Twins. Since having children Nicola has focused on writing and illustrating. Recent work includes labels for Buttonbag's exclusive Christmas range for John Lewis as well as working on a number of her own stories for young children.
Mike Kipling comes from Scarborough, and having studied town planning at Newcastle University, became Assistant Area Planning Officer at Richmond. But in 1996 he decided to become a photographer, and now has one of the largest practices in the north of England where his work is widely published. He lives in Guisborough, Cleveland.
Dr Branko Kirigin is keeper of Greek and Hellenistic Antiquities at the Archaeological Museum in Split, Croatia.
Satoshi Kitamura was born in Tokyo and has always loved reading comics and illustrated novels. With no formal training, he started work in advertising as an artist and came to London. He has written and illustrated 20 of his own books and illustrated many more, as well as translating children's books.for the Japanese market. He exhibits his work in London and has won a number of awards, among them the Mother Goose Award, Bronze Winner and a shortlisting for the Smartie Prize, a National Art Library Award and The New York Times Notable Book of the Year Award. .....
Bert Kitchen was born in Liverpool and studied Textile design, drawing and painting at the Central School of Art in London. He is now a full-time author and illustrator of children's books. He lives in London.
Belinda Knox, author and photographer, is a lifelong lover of the countryside. She has always enjoyed capturing on camera some of the most stunning views in the world which present themselves in the British Isles. Her work has featured in Amateur Photographer and been exhibited locally.
George Konkoly-Thege was born in Hungary. His photographs have appeared in many publications, including Cosmopolitan, Malev Airlines’ Horizon magazine, and Playboy.
Lisa Kopper was born in Chicago and studied painting and sculpture at Carnegie-Mellon University. She moved to England in 1970. She has illustrated over 100 children's books, including the Jafta series, which won her an international reputation for multicultural work. Daisy is a Mummy was shortlisted for the 1996 Kate Greenaway Medal.
Sally Anne Lambert studied for her BA honours in Graphic Design at Coventry Polytechnic, and was commissioned for her first book by David Wood OBE, during her final show. Sally continues to illustrate both for UK and American publishers and has held several exhibitions of her watercolours. She lives in Crosby, Merseyside.
Priscilla Lamont studied graphic design at Canterbury College of Art. A full-time artist, she is a portrait painter as well as a successful children's book illustrator, Her books include Baby Rhyme Time (ISBN 9781845077143), Lovely Old Roly (ISBN 9780711214897) with Michael Rosen, The Hurricane Tree with Libby Purves and Little Bo Beep on the Nursery Rhyme Crimes series. She lives near Canterbury, Kent.
Jonathan Langley was born in 1952 and studied at the Liverpool College of Art and the Central School of Art and Design. A hugely successful author and illustrator of children's books, his titles for HarperCollins have sold over a million copies throughout the world. Shine was written in collaboration with his wife, Karen Langley. They are based in Arnside, Cumbria.
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As well as being a distinguished garden photographer – he holds the Royal Horticultural Society's Gold Medal for photography – Andrew Lawson is a painter, a passionate and knowledgeable gardener, and author of several successful gardening books.
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Robert Lawson (1892–1957) was a prolific writer and illustrator of literature for children and was the first person ever to receive both the Newbery and Caldecott medals. Among his forty-odd books are such classic stories as Rabbit Hill, Ben and Me, and They Were Strong and Good.
Originally from Toronto, Emily Laxer has spent several years in France. She attended college in Montreal, and most recently began a PhD in sociology at the University of Toronto.
ALAN LEE won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his illustrations to Rosemary Sutcliff's Black Ships Before Troy, which was followed by The Wanderings of Odysseus (both Frances Lincoln). In 1998 he won the Best Artist Award at the World Fantasy Awards. He illustrated the Centenary editions of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and, more recently, The Children of Húrin (HarperCollins). .....
Alastair Lee has been taking photographs since he first went travelling at the age of twenty. The main focus in front of the camera has always been his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering. The author of two travel guides to Australia and New Zealand, Alastair's first full colour photography book was Eyes Up (2003), a selection of images from his worldwide travels. This was followed by Forgotten Landscape (2004), and his acclaimed Pendle (2009), a collection of photographs of his beloved Pendle Hill in Lancashire. .....
Virginia Lee is the daughter of the artist and film conceptual designer Alan Lee. She studied Art and Design at Exeter College and Illustration at Kingston University. She worked as a sculptor on the Minas Tirith set of Peter Jackson's film trilogy The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand and designed merchandise for the films. She lives in Brighton, East Sussex. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Antonia Barber's retelling of The Frog Bride and Sally Pomme Clayton's Persephone.
Christophe Lefébure, a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris with a master’s degree in history, combines the qualities of a writer with those of a photographer. His principal subject of study is rural life, its customs, and traditions. For several years now, he has expanded his research to Paris. His first work, La France des lavoirs, received the Grand Prix Littéraire du Tourisme.
Frané Lessac is an internationally known American artist who has exhibited her paintings in London, Paris, New York and Los Angeles. From film school in California she went on to study Caribbean culture on the island of Monserrat. She has worked on many children's projects to date.
Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, many of which reflect her own country childhood. Her picture books include Magic Beach, Imagine, My Farm, Alison Lester's abc, and Yikes! She has written four Bonnie and Sam novels (illustrated by Roland Harvey) and two novels for older children, The Quicksand Pony and The Snow Pony
Joe Levine worked in an art studio from age 16. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Eng. Lit), is currently completing a master's degree in Renaissance Studies and he has a lively interest in literature, classical music, jazz, judo and karate.
Maris Lewis was born and grew up in Worcester, where she is studying Illustration at the University of Worcester. She illustrated Big Big Secrets by Robert Arley (SevernPIX). This is her first book for Frances Lincoln.
Miles Lewis is an architectural historian with a special interest in the cultural history of building technology, prefabrication, and vernacular architecture. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Comité International d'Architecture Vernaculaire, a Fellow of the International Advisory Council of the Royal Institute of Architects, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, a Member of the Order of Australia, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Melbourne. .....
Philippa Lewis is a picture researcher, author and editor. Previous publications include Details: A Guide to House Design in Britain. She is married to the painter Miles Thistlethwaite and lives in Somerset.
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Fred Licht was formerly professor of the History of Art at Florida State University.
BETTY JEAN LIFTON (1926-2010) was the author of 20 books for children, many of them based on Japanese folklore. She grew up in Ohio, and lived for a time in Japan and Hong Kong, before settling in New York and Cambridge with her husband Robert Jay Lifton. Among her books for adults are two collaborations with Eikoh Hosoe about Hiroshima as well as three concerning the plight of the adopted child.
KAREN LILJE studied design and illustration at the University of Pretoria and has illustrated several children's books for publishers in south Africa. She has won awards for both design and illustration including the One Show for design, and has been published in Lurzer's Archive for a designed illustration campaign. The Parade is her first book for Frances Lincoln. She lives in Cape Town.
During his 20-year-long passion for the Great Wall, author-photographer William Lindesay has spent 1,200 days investigating the structure. In 1987 he made a 2,470-km solo journey on foot along the Wall from Jiayuguan to Shanhaiguan, Since settling in China in 1990, he has established International Friends of the Great Wall, an NGO which cooperates on preservation projects with the Beijing Administration of Cultural Heritage and the World Monuments Fund. .....
Karin Littlewood studied Graphic Design at the University of Northumbria, followed by an MA in illustration at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked in editorial, packaging, design and advertising, as well as publishing. Her work has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal three times.
Bernard Lodge studied art at Dover and Canterbury schools of art, and went on to study at the Royal College of Art. He has had a long and distinguished career as a graphic designer for the BBC, designing award-winning title sequences on classics such as Doctor Who and The Mind Beyond. In 1979 he co-founded Lodge/Cheesman productions and worked on pioneering computer graphics, which featured in two of Ridley Scott's films, Bladerunner and Alien. .....
Mic Looby is a writer, editor, illustrator and cartoonist. He lists his hobbies as chewing pens and humming softly.
Tony Lord, photographer, writer and horticultural consultant, holds the Victoria Medal of Honour of the RHS. He has also won the Garden Writers' Guild Award for Best General Gardening Book.
Sandra Lousada is famous for her theatre photographs, her photographs of children, and her iconic portraits of such luminaries as Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney and Julie Christie. Her photographs have illustrated many books, including, most recently, London's Parks and Gardens, by Jill Billington, and Hampstead Heath, by Deborah Wolton and David McDowall (both Frances Lincoln). .....
Patrick Lynch is a comic book artist, illustrator and designer from Dublin. Active in the small press scene since 2008, his subtly paced, slice of life comic books have been noted by critics in Ireland and the UK.
Fergus Lyons is an artist and lives in the hills of County Sligo. He exhibits his work frequently.
Malcolm MacGregor is one of a band of highly-respected landscape photographers working in Britain today. On completion of service in the Scots Guards in 1997 he embarked on a life in photography. He has been engaged in a number of projects covering Scotland, Alaska, the Middle East and Brittany. He has exhibited his work in London and Muscat and his photography has been featured in many magazines, and his first book The Outer Hebrides was published by Frances Lincoln in 2007. .....
Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granström.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. .....
Alan Marks studied art at Bath Academy in 1980 and has since illustrated over 20 children's picture books. Alan's first book, Storm, written by Kevin Crossley Holland, won the Carnegie Medal, and Ring a Ring o' Roses won the Bologna UNICEF Award. In 1996, Thomas and the Tinners was shortlisted for the Smarties Prize and The Thief's Daughter became National Curriculum recommended reading. He lives in Elmstone, Kent.
GRAHAM MARSH is an art director, illustrator and author. He has written and art directed many groundbreaking visual books including The Cover Art of Blue Note Records Volumes 1 and 2, East Coasting and California Cool (Collis & Brown). He co-authored and art directed a series of ten movie poster books and Denim: From Cowboys to Catwalks (Aurum). His illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers and on many CD and album covers. .....
E. J. McCabe is an award winning fashion photographer working between New York and London. Over his 20 year career he has shot fashion stories for various international editions of Vogue, Elle and Marie Claire magazine. This is his first book.
Robert McCloskey (1914-2003) was an American author and illustrator of children's books, the most famous of which was Make Way for Ducklings, the 1942 Caldecott Medal winner. He won a second Caldecott Medal in 1958 for Time of Wonder. He also received Caldecott Honors for Blueberries for Sal in 1949, One Morning in Maine in 1953 and Journey Cake, Ho! in 1954.
Gillian McClure's titles include Tinker Jim and Tog the Ribber which were shortlisted for the Smarties Book Award. Tog the Ribber was also Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Award. Selkie won the Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award USA 2000. Gillian illustrated Mary Arrigan's Mario's Angels for Frances Lincoln. Gillian lives in Cambridge.
Suzanne McGinness completed an MA at Cambridge School of Art. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA.
Roger McGough is a highly-acclaimed and much-loved poet and writer, and has been awarded an OBE for his contribution to poetry. His many titles include Bad Bad Cats, winner of the 1998 Signal Poetry Award and The Ring of Words, which was shortlisted for the BBC Blue Peter Book Award 2001.
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Chris McKimmie is the convenor and originator of the illustration program at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He wrote, illustrated and designed a series of 8 children's books in the 1970s, and has designed many covers for the University of Queensland Press. Represented in the Graphics Annual, he has worked as a graphic designer and publications designer for the ABC, the National Parks and Wildlife Services and the University of WA Press. .....
Andrew McLean is an artist and illustrator. He has taught painting, drawing and art, but is now a full-time painter and illustrator of children’s books. Many of the books illustrated by Andrew have received awards from the Children's Book Council of Australia.
The stunning photographs in this book were taken by Cumbria-born SEAN McMAHON who, at the time of publication, has completed his fourth ascent of all 214 fells featured in AW’s first seven guidebooks (many of them with his inseparable bearded collie dogs Casper and Dougal and the late Angus, King of the Fells). He is well-known among walkers for his excellent illustrated Lake District blog www. .....
Jim McMullan has worked with his wife to produce seven picture books. I Stink! was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book and recipient of a Boston Globe - Horn Book Honor in the USA. His celebrated artwork for the Lincoln Center Theatre in New York is collected in The Theater Posters of James MuMullan. He lives with his wife, daughter and pet cats in Sag Harbor and New York City.
Sheila J. McNally received her Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University. She has taught at Ohio State University, Mt. Holyoke College, and currently teaches at the University of Minnesota. Together with Jerko Marasovic, she directed excavations at Diocletian's Palace and has also excavated in Akhmim, Egypt. Besides books and articles on those excavations she has published studies of maenads and sleepers in Greek art, on monastic space, and on the Mary Silk in the Abegg Stiftung. .....
Wendy Meddour has been lecturing and teaching at Oxford University for the last eight years, but is now writing full-time, as well as painting and illustrating. Her debut novel, A Hen in the Wardrobe, the first title in the Cinnamon Grove series, has already garnered critical success, winning the John C Laurence Award for writing that improves relations between races, taking first place in the Islamic Foundation's International Writing Competition, and being shortlisted for the Muslim Writer's Award 2011. .....
Tony Meeuwissen (pronounced Maywissen) was born in London. He has designed postage stamps for the Royal Mail, covers for Radio Times and Penguin Books, illustrated feature articles for the Sunday Times Magazine, and designed and illustrated two award winning books. He has lived in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire for more than 25 years. For more information on Tony's upcoming exhibitions, please click click here
ALESSIO MEI is an Italian photographer specialising in architecture, gardens and interiors. Fascinated by landscape and nature, he has travelled widely beyond his native Tuscany and has recently moved to Marrakesh.
Eduardo Mencos is one of Spain's leading photographers.
Neill Menneer has been a freelance photographer since 1980 when he won the Observer Photographic Competition. He has had several exhibitions, including, most recently, 'Portraits of the People', which formed part of the 2002 Bath International Music Festival. He has used many of his imaginative and idiosyncratic images of Bath to produce a series of postcards and calendars.
Andrew Midgley works as a Freelance Photographer, and has travelled widely throughout the UK and Europe on book projects for major publishers. He exhibits in a number of UK galleries and sells limited edition fine art prints. He has been taking photographs for many years and has an MA in Visual Communications. His main focus is the landscape, though the term is used very broadly to include both natural and man-made environs. .....
Terry Milne was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She danced professionally for two years before changing course to study book illustration at Stellenbosch University where she was taught by Niki Daly. She has illustrated both picture books and fiction for children, including THE TOYMAKER by Martin Waddell, THE CAT, THE CROW AND THE BANYAN TREE by Penelope Lively and THE NIGHT OF THE UNICORN by Jenny Nimmo. .....
Nilesh Mistry was born in Bombay. He came to Britain in 1975 and studied illustration at Harrow School of Art and Central St Martin's School of Art. He lives in Harrow.
Fiona Moodie was brought up near Cape Town where she still lives. In 1972 she came to Europe to teach English in Madrid. She has also spent time living in both Italy and France, where she spent much of her time illustrating children's books and painting.
Beata Moore is a writer and photographer. She has been passionate about photography since the age of twelve, when she received her first camera. Initially interested in recording nature – she has a postgraduate degree in botany – as time progressed she widened her interests, and now equally enjoys taking pictures of landscapes, architecture and general travel, shooting mainly in colour. Beata has written a number of fascinating books including Cracow: City of Treasures, A Year in the life of the New Forest and A Year in the Life of the Cotswolds. .....
Derry Moore is known internationally as a photographer of gardens, houses and people. His work regularly appears in magazines including Country Life, Vogue, World of Interiors and Architectural Digest.
Kristyn Moore is a U.S.-based photographer who specializes in interiors, architecture, still life, and natural-light portraiture. Having studied photography at a young age, she pursued her art and developed her style while living in Europe.
Mique Moriuchi works with bits and pieces, textured paint and collage for her rich and unique pictures for children's books such as Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech (Bloomsbury) and Talk Peace by Sam Williams (Hodder Children's UK). Mique Moriuchi has a (BA) Hons. in Graphic design from Norwich School of Art & Design and an MA in sequential design and illustration from the University of Brighton.
Jackie Morris lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with children, dogs and cats. Ever since leaving college, Bath Academy of Art, at least one cat has watched over her while she works. Big cats and small are a passion in her life, and it was while reading and watching her cat Pixie sleeping in winter that the idea for I am Cat came about. Among her many books for Frances Lincoln are The Ice Bear, The Snow Leopard, Tell me a Dragon, and How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes. .....
Born in Liverpool, Stephen Morris has lived and worked in Spain, Kuwait and Oman and now lives in Wimbledon and the Cotswolds. As a commercial photographer he has worked for Apple Music, Paul McCartney and numerous magazines, companies, colleges and charities. He is a feature writer for travel and arts magazines. This is his ninth book since 2001 and his first for Frances Lincoln.
John Morrison specializes in photographs of the north of England. He has published more than forty books as a photographer, author or both.
Anne Mortimer is recognised as one of the finest contemporary painters of cats. She is a member of the Society of Botanical Artists and of the Royal Miniature Society, from whom she received an honourable mention for the most outstanding miniature of the year. She lives in Dartmouth, Devon.
Sheila Moxley studied at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and graphic design at St Martin's School of Art. Skip Across the Ocean, a collection by Floella Benjamin, was her first book for Frances Lincoln. Her other books include Joy to the World by Saviour Pirotta, Heather Maisner's Diary of a Princess, Rebecca's Passover by Adele Geras and All the Colours of the Earth, a collection of rhymes edited by Wendy Cooling. .....
LYNNE MUIR was born in Melbourne and works as a freelance calligrapher and book illustrator. She has illustrated several award-winning picture books on Australian wildlife and regularly exhibits pieces of illuminated calligraphy.
Born in 1988, Ataklti lives in Mekele, with grandmother Berhan and young cousin Ferewiona. His parents died when he was nine.
James Murphy has worked extensively in the field of food photography and has contributed to many major cookbooks as well as Healthy Thai Cooking (Frances Lincoln).
Phil Nicholls was born in Cornwall. His photography book, Classic Cafés is a study of London's "greasy spoon" café culture. His photographs appear in The Little Bookroom's The Traditional Shops and Restaurants of London by Eugenia Bell.
Clive Nichols, author and photographer of The RHS Guide to Photographing Plants and Gardens, was the 1993 Garden Writers Guild Photographer of the Year and in 1994 won the Guild Award for the Best Specialist Gardening Book.
Deborah Niland (Tom’s mother’s twin sister) is one of Australia's most loved illustrators. Her wonderful depiction of the imaginary hippo in There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake – still in print after 30 years – earned her the prestigious Leipzig Bronze Medal, and many of her other books have been family favourites for years.
Beth Norling is an artist who illustrates the realm of myth and mystery and brings charm to the everyday world of families, plants and animals. This picture book, Beth's fourth, is about the good and the not-so-good in all of us.
Jennifer Northway has written and illustrated a number of acclaimed picture books. Her book Get Lost, Laura! was shortlisted for the Smarties Award. In addition to her own work, Jennifer has illustrated books for many well-known authors, including Jill Paton Walsh, Floella Benjamin and Mary Hoffman. Her book with Mary Hoffman, Nancy No-Size, was also shortlisted for the Smarties Award. Her work has been televised in England, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe.
Ifeoma Onyefulu was broughout up in a traditional village in Eastern Nigeria. Her highly acclaimed children's books are renowned for countering negative images of Africa by celebrating both its traditional village life and its urban life. A is for Africa, her first book, has become a classic title in the genre of cultural diversity and was praised by Publishers Weekly for its 'incisive view of her country's rich heritage'. .....
Jan Ormerod's first picture book was Sunshine. It won the Mother Goose Award in 1982, was voted the Picture Book of the Year 1982 by the Children's Book Council of Australia and was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal.
Oxfam works in 77 countries and supports nearly 3,000 long-term development projects. Its publishing division helps raise awareness of life and cultures all over the world.
ERIKA PAL was born in Budapest. She worked in an animation film studio, before relocating to the UK with a dream of becoming a freelance illustrator. During her Animation and Illustration degree at London's Kingston University, she was twice highly commended for the Macmillan Prize, and won the national competition for Booktrust's Big Picture logo. After graduation, her first picture book, Azad's Camel was published by Frances Lincoln, followed by I See the Moon and Little Lion. .....
Kate Pankhurst graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in illustration. She was the highest placed graduate in a national student competition, The Macmillan Prize for Children's Book Illustration in 2002. Since then she has illustrated several books including Captain Pike Looks After the Baby by Marjorie Newman and Who's a Cheeky Baby? by Ian Whybrow. She has also illustrated Wasim One Star and Wasim the Wanderer for Frances Lincoln Publishers. .....
Robert Andrew Parker is a fine artist and printmaker whose work often appears in publications such as the New Yorker. He has illustrated more than 70 books for children. His Pop Corn and Ma Goodness was a Caldecott Honor Book and in 2002 he won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for his picture book, Cold. Mr. Parker lives in West Cornwall, Connecticut.
DAVID PARKINS used to skive off football by drawing posters for the games teachers, which is why he is now an illustrator and not a famous footballer. He has illustrated many children's picture books for British, American and Canadian publishers, including Egypt Diary by Richard Platt for Walker UK and Candlewick US. He lives in Ontario, Canada, with his wife, daughter and two cats.
Julie Paschkis was born in Pennsylvania and attended Germantown Friends School, Ringerike Folkehogskole in Norway, Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT. She taught art to grade school children for about 8 years. During that time she continued to work on her own art and illustration. In 1991 she stopped teaching to commit herself to doing art full time. That art includes painting, illustration, and illustrating children's books. .....
Terry Pastor has worked as an illustrator and painter for many years, and is interested in vehicles of all kinds. He lives in Swanton Morley, Norfolk.
Geoffrey Patterson began his career in interior design and worked as a set designer with the BBC for 13 years. He was a lecturer in illustration at Suffolk College and has published many books for children. In 1986 he won the Smarties prize for The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. He lives in Norfolk.
Korky Paul was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a well known figure in the children's book world and among his illustrated work is the highly-successful Winnie the Witch series. He lives in Oxford.
Dr. Christiana Payne is Senior Lecturer of Art at Oxford Brooks University
Andrew Perris has tackled a wide range of challenging commissions during the 20 years he has worked as a photographer. Many have included animals, from snails on location to elephants in the studio, but pigs have to be the ultimate challenge so far because they simply do not stand still! That said, he has learned along the way and has met some fantastic characters (and pigs). His numerous corporate and advertising clients include Virgin, Sainsburys, Parker Pens, P&O Ferries, and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Sue Porter has designed, illustrated, contributed to and often written around 60 children's books, all of which share a gentle warmth and humour. Her previous titles include Hepzibah, which was runner-up for the Mother Goose Award, and One Potato which won the Owl Award in Japan, and the Prix Verselle in France.
Marc Pouyet trained as a graphic designer at the Corvisart School of Graphic Arts in Paris. He has worked as a graphic artist and children's illustrator, and artistic director at the children's publishers Nathan and Ravensburger. As well as producing land art and sculptures using natural materials, he runs workshops in schools and community centres for children and adults. He lives in Saint-Maurice-pres-Crocq, France
Jane Pruden is a freelance writer specialising in country issues, field sports, health and food. She is a regular contributor to local and national magazines including Fieldsports and Scottish Sporting Gazette.
Alex Ramsay is well known as an award-winning photographer of architecture, gardens and landscapes. His work has appeared in leading magazines worldwide and illustrates many books including Helena Attlee's Italian Gardens: A Cultural History and Gardens of Wales.
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Jane Ray graduated from Middlesex University in 3D Design. She began her career designing greetings cards, book jackets and posters. Gradually, however, she moved towards children's book illustration, especially fairy tales, mythology and folktales. Jane's first picture book for Frances Lincoln was Jinnie Ghost with Berlie Doherty, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. Her other acclaimed picture books include The King of Capri with Jeanette Winterson, Romeo and Juliet with Michael Rosen, and The Dolls' House Fairy and Snow White, which she both wrote and illustrated. .....
Mary Rees studied at Glasgow School of Art. She is a highly regarded illustrator. She lives in Hove, Sussex.
Matthew Rice is a painter, designer and writer. He is the author of Village Buildings of Britain (Little Brown), to which Prince Charles contributed a foreword. He lives in Norfolk with his wife, the potter Emma Bridgewater.
Lucy Richards studied art at the North East Wales School of Art and was awarded the Hallmark M&S Division Emerging Talent Award for her final design show in 2000.
Chris Riddell was born in Liverpool and is a highly-acclaimed writer and illustrator of children's books. He has been shortlisted twice for the Kate Greenaway Award. He is also a cartoonist for The Observer. He lives in Brighton.
Ralph Riegel lives in Cork. He has worked as a journalist for several newspapers including The Cork Examiner, The Evening Echo, The Evening Herald and The Sunday Independent and is the southern correspondent for The Irish Independent. He is also a regular contributor to RTE, BBC and TV3 and to British newspapers including the (London) Independent and The Daily Telegraph.
Sally Rippin was born in Darwin and grew up in South-East Asia. As an adolescent she studied traditional Chinese painting for three years in Shanghai and Hangzhou. Returning to Australia, Sally began to write and illustrate both picture books and junior novels, influenced by her time in China. Sally then moved to France for three years but returned to Melbourne recently, where she now lives with her partner and three children. .....
M. P. Robertson was born in Parsons Green, London. He studied Graphic Design at Hounslow Borough College, where he discovered a love for illustrated books. After leaving Hounslow he spent a year drawing in museums, cathedrals and on the underground before specialising in illustration at Kingston Polytechnic. Among the influences on his style are Mervyn Peake, Heath Robinson and Odile Redon. He believes that more than merely decorating a book, illustration should be integral to the narrative. .....
Gary Rogers was born in Rotherham, New Zealand. He worked as a fire-fighter and musician before becoming a news and fashion photographer. He regularly contributes photographs to many magazines.
Illustrator Gregory Rogers was born in 1957 and lives in Brisbane, Australia. He has had several solo exhibitions and is one of Australia's finest children's book illustrators. In 1995 he was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for Book Illustration for Way Home by Libby Hathorn. Gregory is a musician and a keen collector of CDs, antiques, books and anything that attracts dust.
Caroline Rose’s photographs have appeared in many books, including Notre Dame de Paris and Churches of Rome.
Eddie Rowley is the chief entertainments’ correspondent on the Sunday World, Ireland’s biggest selling newspaper. Confidante to personalities like Ronan Keating, Daniel O’Donnell and Westlife, Eddie has had huge success with his personal biographies and inside-takes such as Life is a Rollercoaster with Boyzone’s Ronan Keating, Follow Your Dream with Daniel O’Donnell and Our Joe- Joe Dolan by the People who Knew him Best. .....
Ben Russell is an experienced photographer who has had over 3,000 photographs published in magazines, newspapers and books. He specializes in high quality practical garden photography.
Vivian Russell is a writer and photographer. An American by birth, she has lived in England and France for most of her life. Her book Monet's Garden won two Garden Writers' Guild Awards. She was a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated for many years and now writes and photographs for the Daily Telegraph gardening supplement.
John Ryan was born in Edinburgh and spent his early childhood in the UK and Morocco before moving back to England, where he worked for seven years as Assistant Art Master of Harrow School. Captain Pugwash first set sail over 50 years ago as a strip cartoon. Since then he has featured in books, films and theatres all over the world. Before his death in 2009 aged 88, John lived in Rye, Sussex, the home of smugglers in years gone by, with his wife Priscilla, who is also an artist. .....
Dr Diane Sachko Macleod, Department of Art and Art History, University of California Davis
Evie Safarewicz trained as a ceramic designer before becoming a freelance illustrator. She is a visiting lecturer at Canterbury College of Art and Design, where she teaches plant drawing. She is also an enthusiastic traveller, taking a particular interest in the peoples and landscapes of Africa.
Richard Sale is one of the world's leading Arctic scholars and explorers and a professional glaciologist. He has written widely on Polar history, exploration and wildlife and is the author of many books, including To the Ends of the Earth: The History of Polar Exploration which was the 2003 UK Outdoor Writers Guild Best Book on an Outdoor Theme, and The Gyrfalcon (Popatov and Sale), which was the US Wildlife Society's Book of the Year for 2006.
Graham Salter, one of Britain's most experienced oboists and teachers, has held Principal positions with the RSNO and the Royal Opera House and has appeared as Guest Principal with every major London orchestra. His extensive photos of classical music and the arts are distributed by the Lebrecht Collection. He lives in London NW3.
Edwina Sassoon works in the visual arts. She has been taking photographs of allotments for the past four years. Her allotment photographs have appeared regularly in Reader's Digest magazine and have also featured in The Times. Edwina lives in London.
S. D. Schindler has illustrated many books for childen, including The Cod's Tale, by Mark Kurlansky and A Confused Hanukkah: An Original Tale of Chem, by Jay Kooms. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Marina Schinz was born in Switzerland and now lives in Italy. She is one of the world's leading garden photographers, and her work includes the best selling book Visions of Paradise.
Annie Schlechter has been working as a photographer since 1998. Her clients include The World of Interiors, Wallpaper, House Beautiful, Real Simple, W magazine, Travel & Leisure, and many more.
Ken Searle is a painter and illustrator who is represented in major galleries in Australia and internationally. He designed and facilitated the illustratons done by over 40 Anangu staff and students for Papunya School Book of Country and History
Laura Vaccaro Seeger is an Emmy Award-winning artist and animator. Her first book The Hidden Alphabet was an American Literary Association Notable Children's Book, a Kirkus Editor's Choice and a Child Magazine Best Book of the Year. Laura lives close to the beach on Long Island, New York, with her husband, Chris, and their two young boys, Drew and Dylan. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Lemons are not Red and First the Egg.
Brian Sewell, born 1931, read History of Art at the Courtauld Institute and has ever since worked in the field of paintings by Old Masters. He is now the art critic of the London Evening Standard.
Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was a Lithuanian-born American artist. He work has appeared everywhere, from the cover of Time to the walls of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Elizabeth Shaw was born in Belfast and lived most of her life in Berlin, where she moved after the Second World War. Well-known as an artist, she wrote and illustrated 23 books for children, many of which have been translated into several languages.
Her website (currently in German) is www.artshaw.com.
Hannah Shaw graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Illustration. Since then she has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, but has also worked in a chocolate shop and a bead factory. Since childhood she has had a passion for writing stories and creating characters to illustrate them. She currently lives in a tiny village in Gloucestershire with Ben the blacksmith and Ren the dog. .....
John Shelley was born in Birmingham UK and grew up in Sutton Coldfield. He studied at Bournville School of Art, then illustration at Manchester Polytechnic under children's illustrator Tony Ross. From 1983 he began working as a freelance illustrator in London, and by 1984 had co-founded the artist's collective Facade Studios with designer Andy Royston and illustrators Jane Ray and Willie Ryan. In 1987 he moved to Tokyo making it his home for the following 21 years. .....
Nigel Shepherd – writer, photographer and professional mountain guide with over 20 years experience – is one of the UK's foremost mountain experts and the author of several technical manuals. An ex-President of the British Association of Mountain Guides (1993–96), he is currently Alpine Safety Adviser to the Ski Club of Great Britain. He lives in Penmaenmawr, Gwynedd.
Through her career, Anthea Sieveking has concentrated on photographing children and young people particularly in the area of child development.
Her photographs have appeared in many magazines and books including education books aimed especially at children. Her work has been used by the World Health Organisation and in 1994 she worked in India as part of the 'Child to Child' scheme to promote health education amongst poorer children. .....
SIKU is a well-known illustrator for comic books and graphic novels, working for the major companies in the field, including 2000AD Magazine and Marvel Comics. His best-known book is The Manga Bible. Siku lives and works in London and Essex.
Marc Simont has illustrated nearly a hundred books. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss's The Happy Day, and in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry.
John Ferro Sims is a photographer and writer. His books include The Renaissance of Italian Gardens and The Renaissance of Italian Cooking both with Lorenza de'Medici, and Landscape in Italy with Lisa St Aubin de Teran.
Steve Skidmore lives in Leicester, and for the past eighteen years has worked with Steve Barlow as a duo of performing artists and writers. To date they have written more than eighty books together. They are much in demand, both at home and abroad, for visits to schools, libraries and festivals: their performances have been described as "hilarious", entertaining", "brilliant" and "mad". The Two Steves' internationally acclaimed work includes the Lost Diaries series, the Vernon Bright books, Tales of the Dark Forest and the award winning series uniquely combining books and the World Wide Web, OUTERNET.
Kate Slater grew up on a farm in Staffordshire. She went to Thomas Alleyne's High School in Uttoxeter and studied Illustration at Kingston University. She has done illustration work for Random House Children's Books, The Guardian, Passion Pictures, Zig ad agency, Fast Company Magazine and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Her first children's book, Magpie's Treasure (Andersen Press), which she wrote and illustrated, has been shortlisted for the 2011 Cambridgeshire Children's Book Award. .....
David Small and Sarah Stewart are a husband-and-wife team who have created picture books such as The Library, which was chosen by the New York Times as one of the 10 outstanding children's books of 1995. The couple live in Michigan, USA.
Mike Smart, originally from Hertfordshire, considers himself fortunate to now be living in this picturesque hillside town of Great Malvern. Working in graphic design studios for over thirty-five years Mike appreciates how valuable time spent outdoors really is and as a consequence spends many hours walking and guiding small groups on the beautiful Malvern Hills. Mike's work has appeared in many outdoor magazines and newspapers. .....
Illustrator Craig Smith has illustrated over 300 books in a 30-year career. He was once a rust scraper on the Sydney Harbour Bridge but is now one of Australia's most popular illustrators with a style that is energetic, individual, carefully observed and full of life and humour. His witty, humorous artwork is enormously popular with children combining a wonderful sense of the absurd with a fine eye for detail.
PAM SMY studied Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, part of Anglia Ruskin University, where she now lectures part-time. Pam has illustrated books by Conan Doyle, Julia Donaldson and Linda Newbury, as well as Bob Cattell's Butter-Finger series for Frances Lincoln. She lives in Cambridge.
Ingalill Snitt specializes in architecture and interior design photography, and also directs television commercials. Her books of photography include Splendore di Sicilia, Swedish – Light, Shape, Architecture, Living in Norway and two with Lars Sjoberg: The Swedish Room and The Swedish House. Her work is regularly featured in magazines including Elle, Marie Claire, Architectural Digest and The World of Interiors.
Meilo So is the award-winning illustrator of many picture books for Frances Lincoln. She was born in Hong Kong, educated at Brighton College of Art and now lives in the UK with her husband and daughter.
Susan Sontag (1933-2004) was the author of four novels, The Benefactor, Death Kit, The Volcano Lover, and In America, which won the 2000 National Book Award for Fiction; a collection of stories, I, Etcetera; several plays, including Alice in Bed and Lady from the Sea; and seven works of nonfiction, among them Where the Stress Falls and Regarding the Pain of Others. Her books have been translated into thirty-two languages. .....
Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages!, In the Dark, Dark Wood, Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby, Leopard's Drum, No Dinner!, Rama and the Demon King, The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen, The Little, Little House, Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox. .....
Andy Stansfield is a Lancashire-based photographer, feature writer and author specialising in travel and outdoor leisure. Details of his published work and current projects can be found on his website: www.andy-stansfield.com
Having initially trained as a graphic designer, Susan Steggall became a primary school teacher and taught young children for several years. After having her own two boys, she began work in a school library where she enjoyed finding out about new authors and illustrators and selecting beautiful new books for the shelves. As her boys grew up, she started making all sorts of pictures for them of the cars, trucks and trains they found so fascinating. .....
Barbara Stoeltie and her husband René Stoeltie are regular contributors to magazines including World of Interiors. Image © Aaron Hawks
René Stoeltie's interiors have been featured in Décoration Internationale and his photographic work has appeared in magazines all over the world, including The World of Interiors, House and Garden, Elle, Country Homes and Interiors, Harper's Bazaar, Classic Homes and La Maison de Marie-Claire. Image © Aaron Hawks
WENDY STONE was raised in New York City, where she trained in photography and graphic design and worked for 13 years as a graphic designer. Her career as a photographer began when she was assigned by UNICEF to photograph their projects around the south-west Pacific. Since then she has travelled to many African countries on assignment for UN agencies, magazines and newspapers. She settled in Nairobi, Kenya in 1988 with her husband and daughter. .....
Jenny Stow gained a BA in English and History of Art from Manchester, before going on to study at Chelsea School of Art. Between 1982 and 1985 she spent four years teaching in Africa, followed by a year in the Caribbean in 1987. Jenny is married with one son.
Jean Sturgis trained as a painter at the Slade School of Art. She has exhibited in London, Edinburgh and her native Cumbria.
Lucy Su is a prolific illustrator. She lives in London.
Subi (Joan Subirana) studied Applied Arts at university, and specialised in mural painting and graphic design. He now works as an illustrator for children's books and magazines, and has a daily comic strip in a newspaper in Catalonia. He has won many prizes in Spain for his illustrations, cartoons and paintings. Joan began drawing as a very young child, illustrating the stories he made up in his head. .....
Tokyo native Takuya Suzuki specializes in food, travel, and culture photography. His work can be seen in magazines like Brutus, Goethe, Sotokoto, and Hers, among others
Holly Swain is a popular up-and-coming illustrator. She lives in Hove, Sussex.
John Swithinbank photographs all aspects of horticulture, drawing on over 30 years of professional horticultural experience. His vast picture library is used by many international clients and his images appear regularly in Amateur Gardening and the Western Morning News. He lives in Devon.
Binny Talib is a textile and surface-pattern designer whose playful illustrations have been used for children's clothing and toys, books, album covers and greeting cards. She studied Visual Communications and has worked as creative art director for a digital media agency.
Peter Tandy is a Curator in the Department of Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum, London.
Margaret Winifred Tarrant (1888-1959) initially sought to make her career as an art teacher, but, doubting her teaching abilities, she became a full-timewatercolour painter and illustrator specialising in children's books. In 1908 she was commissioned to illustrate Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies; following this first success she went on to illustrate over twenty books for Harrap. In 1920 Tarrant began to work for The Medici Society on a regular basis, designing countless postcards, prints, books, cards, pamphlets and calendars. .....
Jane Tattersfield has illustrated three books accompanying television series: The India File, Celebrating India and Stories of Faith, as well as some of the Dress Sense costume books for Belitha Press.
G.P. Taylor is best known as the author of the Shadowmancer series of children's ghost stories. He recently retired as the vicar of Cloughton near Scarborough, but his career has also included working in the music industry, social work and being a policeman.
Britta Teckentrup was born in Hamburg, Germany. She later studied at St. Martin's College of Art and at the Royal College of Art in London. She has written and illustrated numerous books for many international publishers and her paintings are frequently exhibited in London galleries. She now lives and works in Berlin, Germany, with her artist husband and their young son.
Over the past twenty years Annie Tempest has worked for all the major national newspapers and life-style magazines and has had numerous collections of her work published. In 2009 the Cartoon Art Trust awarded her the Pont Prize for the Portrayal of the British Character. She has had eighteen one-woman shows in the UK and overseas. Annie created the 'Westenders' strip for the Daily Express in the 1980s, the 'Yuppies' strip for the Daily Mail during the late '80s and early 90s. .....
Carol Thompson has illustrated over thirty titles, many of which she has also written, and has been published worldwide. Her awards include the Mother Goose Award and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award (USA). Carol lives with her family in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, a small town in England.
Julia Trevelyan Oman was one of the great film, theatre and television designers of the 20th century. Among the many honours she received during her lifetime were the CBE and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bristol. She was married to the historian and garden writer Sir Roy Strong. She died in 2003.
Pia Tryde is an internationally-acclaimed photographer. She lives in Sutton, Suffolk.
Richard Turpin, a specialist in architecture and interiors, has worked for architectural practices, hotel groups and advertising companies. His photographs have appeared in a range of national newspapers and magazines.
Vibe Udsen, an architect, collaborates with Danish photographer Per Nagel to produce the architecture annual Living Architecture, which is distributed worldwide.
Simon Upton is a photographer specialising in interiors and portrait photography. He has contributed to many books and his work appears in Vogue, Tatler, World of Interiors, Harpers and Queen, House and Garden and other publications.
Martin Ursell has illustrated many books for children including the award winning SONG OF PENTECOST by W.J.Corbett. Among others he has illustrated stories by Roald Dahl, Terry Jones, Marina Warner, Ted Hughes and Dick King Smith. He was a regular illustrator for the children's TV programme JACKANORY and his own story HAIRY HAIRY was televised by the BBC. Martin was a lecturer at Chelsea college of Art and Design and is currently a visiting lecturer on the illustration BA degree at Kingston University as well as a frequent visiting illustrator for The National Federation of Children's Books and South East Arts. .....
Cornelius Van Wright has collaborated with Ying-Hwa Hu on many books including Make a Joyful Sound, Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree and, with Mary Hoffman for Frances Lincoln, Princess Grace.
Rupert van Wyk trained as an artist and after getting a BA in Illustration went on to study fresco techniques in Italy. His work has appeared in books, magazines and newspaers. He divides his time between Ravenna and London.
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Rob Vance photographs Ireland with special focus on its history, spirituality, identity, beliefs. He has written and presented RTÉ's history series 'The Island' and three series of 'Secret Sights'.
Fernando Vilela has illustrated numerous children's books, including Water Wisdom and Where I Belong, which both won the FNLIJ (Brazilian branch of IBBY) Highly Recommended Award in 2005. He lives in São Paulo in Brazil.
Julie Vivas is the illustrator of many superb picture books. She lives in Victoria, Australia.
During a photographic career that has spanned over 35 years, FRITZ VON DER SCHULENBURG has achieved international acclaim. His photographs have been published in numerous interior design and architectural magazines, including The World of Interiors, House & Garden and Architectural Digest. He has also published several volumes of his own work. These include: Neoclassicism in the North, The English Garden Room, Romantic Scotland, Empire, and Living by Design. .....
Ritva Voutila was born in Nokia, Finland, and has made Australia her home since
1981. She studied at the School of Art and Design in Helsinki, and Julian Ashton Art
School in Sydney. Ritva has illustrated over 50 books for children. She divides her
time between fine art practice and illustration, and her artwork is held in collections
Born in Blackburn in 1907, Alfred Wainwright left school at the age of 13. A holiday at the age of 23 kindled a life-long love affair with the Lake District. Following a move to Kendal in 1941 he began to devote every spare moment he had to researching and compiling the original seven Pictorial Guides. He described these as his 'love letters' to the Lakeland Fells and at the end of the first, The Eastern Fells, he wrote about what the mountains had come to mean to him:
"I suppose it might be said, to add impressiveness to the whole thing, that this book has been twenty years in the making, for it is so long, and more, since I first came from a smoky mill-town (forgive me, Blackburn!) and beheld, from Orrest Head, a scene of great beauty, a fascinating paradise, Lakeland's mountains and trees and water. .....
Kevin Walker runs popular mountain navigation courses from Crickhowell in the Brecon Beacons and Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia.
Simon Warner lives in a farmhouse under the edge of Haworth Moor. He is a widely published photographer of the British landscape. The books he has illustrated include National Trail Guides. To visit his webiste click here
Steve Weatherill studied at Hornsey Art College and the Royal College of Art. A freelance cartoonist and illustrator, he created the Rat Race cartoon for the Financial Times. He is the author of the successful Baby Goz series. Steve regularly tours schools, libraries, festivals and bookshops with his popular Baby Goz show.
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Linzi West lives and works in her studio in an ancient Tudor house by the sea in Lyme Regis. She lives with her husband Danny who helps to run her gallery and shop, The Mermaid, her son Joseph who is the inspiration for many of her book illustrations and two cats Pebble and Shrimp who steal the show. Linzi paints and illustrates portraits, cards and children's books.
Bruce Whatley is one of Australia’s best-loved and most-respected author–illustrators. Bruce has illustrated over forty books to date, including the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volumes.
Olwyn Whelan was a newspaper cartoonist and graphic designed before becoming a freelance illustrator. He goal is to produce timeless books that children will treasure for life. She has illustrated many children's picture book collections, including Celtic Memories, The Mermaid of Cafur and The Barefoot Books of Princesses (all Barefoot Books). Olwyn lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.
Annie White's childhood was spent jumping waves on the beaches along the Great Ocean Road, climbing very tall trees and drawing endlessly at the kitchen table. Today, Annie has graduated from the kitchen table to a wonderful big work room, full of light and overlooking a giant liquidamber tree. She has illustrated over fifty books for children and lives in Melbourne.
John Wilkes was born in 1936 at Reigate in England. After studies in Ancient History and Archaeology at University College London and the University of Durham, he taught these subjects in the Universities of Manchester, Birmingham and London. At retirement in 2001 he held the position of Yates Professor of Greek and Roman Archaeology at University College London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the Societies of Antiquaries of London and Scotland, and is Honorary Vice-President of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. .....
Bee Willey, illustrator of Celebrity Cat has illustrated many books for children, including Dancing Jane, written by Andrew Matthews, which was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. She lives in Ipswich, Suffolk.
John's illustrative background is in visual storytelling. He has worked as a storyboard artist for film and animation companies, as a comic strip artist for Marvel comics, on workshops for BBC Blast and BBC RaW programmes, in schools on visual storytelling projects and illustrated various educational publications including books on Drama and History. His work has appeared in various countries including America, Australia, France and Japan. .....
Sophy Williams attended the Central School of Art and Design and Kingston Polytechnic studying Graphic Design. Since then she has illustrated many award-winning children's books. She lives in Bradford on Avon.
Bob Wilson manages to write and illustrate with equal brilliance. He is the author of the famous Stanley Bagshaw series and other picture books. He lives in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, although he is also to be found in France.
KEN WILSON MAX was born in Zimbabwe in 1965. He studied art in Harare, Zimbabwe before coming to England where he studied Design and Print Planning at the London College of Printing. He worked as a designer in both London and Zimbabwe. Ken has worked at Orchard Books and the BBC as a children's book designer and was appointed Assistant Art Director at David Bennett Books. Since then he has worked as a freelance designer. .....
Andrew Wilton is Visiting Research Fellow at the Tate Gallery, London
Susan Winter was born in South Africa and graduated from Natal University before becoming a social worker, first in South Africa and later in London. After the birth of her second child, she studied illustration at Chelsea School of Art, and began a new career as a freelance illustrator of children's books.
Gillian Wolfe CBE is Director of Learning and Public Affairs at Dulwich Picture Gallery, one of the most renowned private collections in the UK. She also works as a freelance consultant, and has lectured all over the world. Her previous art books for children include My First Art Book, winner of the Parent Choice Silver Honour Award, USA; and Art Activity Book and Children's Art Book, both winners of the Gulbenkian Prize for Best Museum Publications of the Year. .....
Jakki Wood studied graphic design at Wolverhampton Polytechnic. A successful author/illustrator of children's books, she lives in West Malvern, Worcestershire. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Hole in the Road, Animal Parade, Baby Parade, Noisy Parade and Number Parade; March of the Dinosaurs, Bumper to Bumper, Deep Blue Sea and Fiddle-I-Fee.
Award-winning photographer Steven Wooster specializes in the photography of gardens and plants. He lives in London.
He Zhihong was born in China in 1970 and graduated from Beijing Academy of Fine Arts, where she studied traditional Chinese painting. She paints on both silk and rice paper. She now lives in Paris and teaches Chinese calligraphy in primary schools. She has four titles published in France.