Dean is a writer with 30 years’ experience in TV, radio, stage, books, comics and games. Credits include ALL the LittleBigPlanet outings writing for Stephen Fry. Also for Sony, he wrote Smart As providing comedy dialogue for John Cleese.
He also wrote the multi award winning SMTV Live and Chums for Ant and Dec. He has also scribbled for Harry Hill, Disney & Mickey Mouse, Aardman, Smith & Jones, Casper The Friendly Ghost, Plants Versus Zombies, The Beano and many many more.
Rebecca Morton – Illustrator
Rebecca has been designing sets for TV and film for over 20 years. Her very first job was model building and set dressing on the iconic kids show Teletubbies.
Soon after her first daughter, Ruby, was born, Rebecca had a sudden impulse to paint a seaside scene on the child’s nursery wall. Before long the walls and even the furniture were painted to look like sand dunes or rock pools and the ceiling was a blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds!
Rebecca soon turned her compulsion for bringing walls to life into a successful business and has been commissioned to paint many large murals, especially in schools.
Clair Maskell – Author
Clair lives in Locks Heath, Hampshire with her husband and two daughters. As an ex nursery nurse with over 11 years of experience of working with children, Clair decided to give children’s writing a go. Developing characters at work to entertain children, she decided to write stories to bring the characters to life in print.
After getting her Foundation degree in 2010 and the birth of her first daughter, Clair started writing Mrs Handbag stories. Now, she cannot stop writing and is particularly interested in creating books which help encourage children to reach their full potential.
Joseph Keen – Illustrator
Joseph is an illustrator with many years of experience working on a variety of projects from book illustration to animation.
During his time as creative director at Gazillion Productions Ltd he worked on a wide variety of projects, including animation for ITV’s signed stories and work on the in-house e-learning tool for Toyota and Du-Pont.
Currently Joseph is working freelance on animations for Executive Compass in Newcastle as well as illustrations for comics and books.
Gail Yerrill – Illustrator
Gail lives in a village in Bedfordshire, England with her husband, 2 children and 2 very naughty but cute cats. After gaining her degree in 1998 she became a freelance illustrator and designer of greetings cards and giftwrap for Marks & Spencers, and has also illustrated items for Harrods and the BBC among others. She has illustrated many books for well known publishers, several of which are translated into many languages. Gail is well known for her soft, whimsical style which is well loved by children and adults alike. One of Gail’s favourite things is having a tipple of mulled wine when its very cold outside.
Debbie Howard – Author
Award-winning Author & Creator of Popcorn the Bear.
Debbie has been involved in character merchandise throughout her working life. From being a Licensee of The Walt Disney Co for 16 years developing arts and crafts, to developing her own brand.
She has had a lifelong love of teddy bears and wanted to create her own style of bear. A bear she could relate to. A bear that was squidgy and understanding, who she could cuddle up to in times of stress. From this passion, Popcorn the Bear was ‘born’!
Debbie has now published 4 Popcorn books, two of which have won awards and has written a further 23 stories. Debbie has taken the brand Popcorn the Bear and taken it global with merchandise in many different countries. All from a love of bears…
Sue Chadwick – Author
Sue has been writing and designing children’s products for over 25 years. She is one half of Small World Design along with David. During that time they have been instrumental in winning a number of awards for road safety education, best buy products, marketing and newspaper society awards and topping The Bookseller children’s best sellers list.
Sue has also written for BBC radio and organised some memorable sci-fi conventions in the past!
David Peet – Illustrator
David has been illustrating and designing children’s products for over 30 years after leaving college with a BA in Fine Art. He is the other half of Small World Design along with Sue. During that time they have created bespoke design for both the education and retail market. This includes major and independent publishers, retail outlets, educational suppliers and toy and game companies in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
Over the years David has illustrated anything and everything from puzzle books, children’s games to playmats and glove puppets. No job too small!
Hannah Lambert – Author
Hannah Lambert is a French and German graduate who reworks children’s books into French, translating them for the French market. She is soon beginning training to be a primary school teacher at Durham university but still enjoys doing work which involves languages after spending time living in both France and Germany.
She has a vast knowledge of phonics and children’s literature after her extensive experience volunteering in schools and delivering phonics interventions for year 1s and 2s.
Jan and Frits Oostendorp
Educational Consultants, Janet Oostendorp-Godfrey BEd. (Hons), PGCert. SpLD, MEd and Frits Oostendorp BEd. (Hons) oversee all product development, to make sure products are developed correctly for both dyslexic and non-dyslexic sectors