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Rising Writers

Ade Adepitan

Having survived polio as a youngster, Ade Adepitan has since succeeded as an international Paralympic wheelchair basketball player and has built up a wealth of Broadcasting experience including appearing on X-Change, Travel Show, Dispatches and Unreported World.



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Amy Lilwall

Born and raised in Essex, England, Amy Lilwall studied languages and culture at Kent University before going on to a Master's in The Contemporary Novel and a PhD in Creative Writing. The Biggerers is Amy’s thesis novel that was submitted as part of the PhD. The inspiration came from her cat Gingko, who would approach Amy daily for tickling, leading her to wonder what else her cat might want if he could talk. The ability for a pet to express desires is a loaded idea, morally ambiguous and ultimately exposing of the inequalities in the pet-owner dynamic. This led Amy to the novel conceit of keeping little people as pets. Amy is now a lecturer of Creative Writing at Falmouth University, Cornwall.

Patricia Valdez

Patricia Valdez is a scientist who loves writing for children. She earned her PhD in molecular and cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and works at the National Institutes of Health. Originally from Texas, she now lives in the Washington, D.C .area. Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor is her first picture book.

Juman Malouf

Juman Malouf was born in Lebanon and grew up in London, She has an MFA in set and costume design and has worked on a number of films including Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom and the Grand Budapest Hotel. The Trilogy of Two is her first novel.

The Trilogy of Two

Juman Malouf