Peter grew up in South London in a rambling Victorian house with three cats, two dogs, one little sister, an antique dealer dad and an artist mum. Peter has always wanted to tell stories, and found inspiration visiting film and TV sets including James Bond and Postman Pat, where his mum worked as a costume designer. As a child he loved writing and drawing his own books and comic books and was enamoured with the idea of bringing his characters to life, which led to a deep interest in film and animation. Peter Bunzl is a film-maker, animator, and debut author of Cogheart.
Beth is based in East London, but has lived in New York and Toronto, travelling for freelance work, before taking her current job at MTV, where she is Director of International Social Responsibility, launching creative campaigns and content around the world, as well as running and speaking at youth mentoring events. She's also worked as a producer at various BBC shows, including Blue Peter, BBC Switch and Russell Kane's Live At The Electric. SUPER AWKWARD is her debut novel
G.J Minett studied at Cheltenham Grammar School before completing his degree in Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University. Following his studies he returned to Cheltenham as a teacher of foreign languages at his former school, where he stayed for three years before taking up a Head of Languages position in West Sussex. After spending more than twenty years as a teacher, and only writing in his spare time, he resigned from his teaching post and took up a part-time position with the school’s administration allowing him to focus more on his writing.
In 2012 one of Keith Stuart's two sons was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. The ramifications felt huge. But then Keith and both boys started playing videogames together - especially Minecraft. The powerful creative sharing as a family and the blossoming of communication that followed informed his debut novel, A Boy Made of Blocks: a story about a dad who wants to communicate with his autistic son.
Malcolm McNeill was born in England in 1976 and grew up in Scotland. He was educated at Glasgow High School and Merchiston Castle School, before going on to study English Literature at York University and acting at The Poor School in London. After working as an actor, a postman in Camden, and a cleaner in Berlin, he became an English teacher. Since then he has lived in Slovakia, Russia, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam
Paul Gamble was born and brought up in Belfast. He currently works in the Department of Communities in the NI Civil Service. Over the years Paul has written and worked on a number of local and national television and radio shows, for broadcasters such as RTE and the BBC. He has also worked with a range of stand up comedians.
Hina Belitz is a practicing solicitor specializing in employment law and has degrees from both Brunel University and the University of Law - Guildford. She has headed teams in the City, and represented over 80 claims at Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the High Court. She advises companies and executives in all areas of employment law Hina regularly appears on TV and radio, including Sky News, BBC and most recently ITV.
Elizabeth Heathcote has worked as a feature writer and editor on newspapers and magazines for many years. Her jobs have included women's editor and deputy features editor at the Independent on Sunday, as well as freelance feature writing for publications such as the Independent, Observer, Guardian, Marie Claire and Red. She is presently associate editor at Psychologies magazine. Elizabeth's home is southeast London, where she lives with her partner and two children.
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