Dave Cousins’ books have been hailed as ‘teen realism with action, humour and heart’. Published in over twelve languages across the world, 15 Days without a Head was a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week, winner of the Premio Andersen in Italy, and the SCBWI Crystal Kite for the UK and Europe. Waiting for Gonzo won the Grampian Children’s Book Award and has its own original soundtrack album, complete with accompanying music videos! Both books were nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

Dave is also the author/illustrator of the Charlie Merrick’s Misfits series. When not creating stories in his attic, Dave travels extensively, visiting schools, libraries and book festivals across the UK and abroad.  His events have been described as ‘stand-up with books’ or, as one year seven student put it, ‘Well funny!’

Twitter: @DaveCousins9000
Instagram: @DaveC9000


Author and actress Katie Dale had her first poem ‘The Fate of The School Hamster’ published at age eight, and hasn’t stopped writing since! She studied English Literature at Sheffield University, followed by a crazy year at drama school, a summer playing Juliet in a national Shakespeare tour, and eight months backpacking through South East Asia – where she learned that she was a winner of the inaugural SCBWI Undiscovered Voices competition, which launched her writing career.

She has written for all ages, including a treasury of bedtime stories for toddlers, a series of rhyming Fairy Tale Twists for primary-age children, a middle grade comedy/drama Mumnesia, and two young adult novels. Someone Else’s Life, the story of a teenage girl who discovers she was switched at birth, won both the Brilliant Books Award and the Mad About Books Award and is now published all over the world. Little White Lies is a psychological thriller about a girl who changes her identity when she goes to university in pursuit of revenge, and won the UKYA bloggers’ award for ‘Best Ending’.

Katie happily visits schools all over the UK, and as far afield as Moscow!

Twitter: @katiedaleuk


Keren David was apprenticed as a reporter on a national newspaper at the age of nineteen and was an assistant news editor at The Independent eight years later. She moved to Amsterdam in 1999 and worked as editor in chief of a photojournalism agency. On her return to London in 2007 she started writing her first young adult book, When I was Joe, which was published in 2010.

When I Was Joe was nominated for the Carnegie Medal, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and the UKLA award, and highly commended for the Teenage Booktrust Prize. It won five regional awards and was shortlisted for six more. It was followed by two sequels, Almost True (2010) and Another Life (2012).

Keren’s book Lia’s Guide to Winning the Lottery (2011) was also nominated for the Carnegie medal, and was one of Kirkus’s Best Teen Reads for 2012. Keren is adapting it as a musical with composer Paul Herbert and lyricist Lesley Ross. Salvage (2014) was shortlisted for the Bookseller’s YA Prize, and also for the YA section of the Romantic Novel of the Year. It was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for seven regional awards. Keren’s latest book is This is Not a Love Story, which has been longlisted for the UKLA book award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Keren’s short story in Stories from The Edge, ‘The Day I Told the Truth’ is a prequel to This is Not a Love Story.


Sara is a writer of multiple personalities! She writes fiction for young adults, teens and young readers. Her stories range from action-adventure in exotic locations to fairy godmothers in training and apocalyptic tales of survival and love. Chasing Danger, her new action-adventure series for teens, is Sara’s dream project, combining her love of thrillers, travel and girl power. She imagined the first book as a little bit like Charlie’s Angels and Die Hard on a desert island. 

Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Europe. Her next teen novel, Half Lives, is a story told in two voices from a pre- and post-apocalyptic time. She also writes a funny magical series for young readers, titled Magic Trix. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She has given writing workshops in the USA, UK and Europe and teaches a master’s class on writing for children/teens at Goldsmiths University. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London.  She lives in London.  

Twitter: @AuthorSaraGrant

Miriam Halahmy lives in London near Hampstead Heath and is married with two grown-up children and one grandson who is teaching her how to swing through trees again. Miriam loves to write in cafes all over the world and finds the hiss of the coffee machine a great inspiration. When Miriam is not writing she loves reading, theatre and travel. She collects oceans – four so far – and isn’t shy in any foreign language. 

Miriam writes novels, poems and short stories for children, teens and adults. Her YA novel Hidden (in which two teens rescue an asylum seeker from the sea and hide him to save him from being deported) was a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week and nominated for the Carnegie Medal. It is currently being adapted for the stage and will be published in America in 2016.
Hidden was followed by two more YA novels: Illegal – about a girl who is forced to courier drugs and struggles to free herself from the criminals, and Stuffed – a love story about two teens who are each hiding a terrible secret from the other.
Miriam’s new novel, The Emergency Zoo (Alma Books, May 2016) is for 8-12 year-olds and tells an untold Second World War story about domestic pets and their terrible fate.

Twitter: @miriamhalahmy
Facebook author page: Miriam Halahmy – Writer

Savita Kalhan was born in India but has lived in the UK most of her life. She graduated from Aberystwyth University with a degree in Politics and Philosophy. She was a batik artist before going to live in the Middle East for several years where she taught English and began to write.

Now living in North London, she spends her time writing, playing tennis, growing veg and super-hot chillies on her allotment, and loves to get the boxing gloves on. Savita is a member of the Scattered Authors Society and blogs regularly at An Awfully Big Blog Adventure ( She runs a teen reading group at her local library in Finchley.

Her novel, The Long Weekend, published by Andersen Press, is a tense teen thriller about two boys who are abducted after school. The Long Weekend was shortlisted for the Fabulous Book Award 2010. Her short story, ‘The Poet’ was published in the short story anthology, Even Birds are Chained to the Sky.

Twitter: @savitakalhan

Bryony lives in the Forest of Dean and is a full-time mum to her two children, husband and various pets. She is vegetarian and loves chocolate, wine and writing. People are often surprised at how dark her writing is, as she is generally pretty nice. When the children let her off taxi duty and out of the house, she enjoys doing school visits, festivals and events.

Her novels for young adults include: Angel’s Fury (a dark thriller about a teenage girl who has been reincarnated), The Weight of Souls (a supernatural thriller about a teenage girl who sees dead people), Phoenix Rising and Phoenix Burning (dystopian adventures about pirates who sail on a junk-filled sea), Windrunner’s Daughter (a science-fiction adventure set on Mars) and Wavefunction (a science-fiction novel about a boy who can jump between universes).

Twitter: @BryonyPearce
Facebook author page: BryonyPearceAuthor


Until her thirties, Paula Rawsthorne had no idea that she was a writer. Then she won a national BBC writing competition and her comic tale was read by Bill Nighy on Radio 4. Her dark stories for adults have been published in anthologies of contemporary literature. Her first young adult novel, The Truth about Celia Frost was a winner in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Undiscovered Voices competition. Published by Usborne, it was shortlisted for eleven literary awards and won the Leeds Book Award, the Sefton Super Reads and the Nottingham Brilliant Book Award. Her second novel, Blood Tracks was also shortlisted for a number of awards and won the Rib Valley Book Award.

Paula’s story ‘A Foreign Land’ was commissioned by Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and published in These Seven. Paula has worked with numerous groups on issues raised by this story about a young asylum seeker.

Paula is invited to do author visits and workshops in secondary schools throughout the country and is a writer in residence for the literacy organisation First Story. She’s currently writing her third novel and lives in Nottingham with her husband and three children who are all much taller than her.


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Twitter: @PaulaRawsthorne