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Rising Writers

Jack Cheng

Jack Cheng was born in Shanghai and grew up in Michigan. After spending nearly a decade in New York, working in advertising and tech, he now lives in Detroit. See you in the Cosmos is his first novel for young readers



Jemma Westing

Jemma Westing is an award winning book designer and paper engineer and has helped DK publish a range of innovative interactive books and slot-model kits over the years. In 2013, Jemma set up and self-funded the not-for-profit workshop BrilliantBuilds, which teaches children and families to be creative with cardboard. Out of the Box captures her favourite BrilliantBuilds projects for anyone to make and expand upon.

Polly Clark

Polly Clark was born in Toronto and lives in Helensburgh on Scotland’s west coast, a few streets away from where W.H. Auden wrote The Orators. Auden's struggle as he conceived this electrifying and genre-busting work, partly set in an imaginary Helensburgh and written when he was just twenty-five, was an inspiration for her debut novel Larchfield. She is Literature Programme Producer for Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, where she brings writers from all over the world to take part in an interdisciplinary artistic programme.

Sam Blake

Sam Blake is a pseudonym for Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin, the founder of The Inkwell Group publishing consultancy and the hugely popular national writing resources website Writing.ie. She is Ireland's leading literary scout and has assisted many award winning and bestselling authors to publication. Vanessa has been writing fiction since her husband set sail across the Atlantic for eight weeks and she had an idea for a book. Her debut novel, Little Bones, was a number one bestseller in Ireland for six weeks and was described by Alex Barclay as ‘instantly gripping’ and a ‘dark and juddering thriller’ by the Sunday Independent. It was shortlisted for the Bord Gàis Energy Irish Book Awards Crime Novel of the Year.