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Rising Writers

September 2023

Kate Rolfe

Kate Rolfe is an author and illustrator living in Suffolk who studied Animation at Plymouth College of Art, BA (Hons) Film Production at Northern Film School and graduated with an MA in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art in 2022. Aside from writing and illustrating her own ideas, she works in textile designs, teaches illustration and runs drawing and writing sessions online. Kate has won many awards including New Talent in Children's Publishing at the World Illustration Awards 2022 and Student Illustrator of the Year 2022 at the V&A Illustration Awards. She has also received awards for her works Wiggling Words and Wolf and Bear, both of which are being published by Two Hoots under Macmillan Children's Books.

Tomi Oyemakinde

Tomi Oyemakinde grew up in London, before being uprooted at the age of 6 to the Netherlands. Going on to live in a further two countries across two continents, he was anchored by a scenic boarding school and fantastical stories – namely Richard Adam’s Watership Down. Now, Tomi is committed to crafting stories centred on Black protagonists thriving across genres, audiences & worlds. When Tomi is not busy writing, he can be found daydreaming about his future dog (namely a Rottweiler named Pan) and geeking out over all things anime. Tomi currently lives in London.

The Changing Man

Tomi Oyemakinde



Miranda Sun

Miranda Sun is a storyteller by nature and wordsmith by trade. A lover of science as well as mythology, she’s fond of exploring museums and aquariums wherever she goes. She makes her home in Chicagoland, where she drinks iced coffee in the dead of winter and keeps an eye out for magic hidden in plain sight. Visit her online at



Phoenicia Rogerson

Phoenicia Rogerson is altogether mortal with a rather less chequered past than Hercules. After a decade of not being able to find his complete story on bookshelves, she decided to pull her socks up and write it herself. She’s had two short stories published in the UCL Publisher’s Prize. She lives and works in London. Herc is her first novel.


Phoenicia Rogerson