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Frank Cottrell Boyce

Frank Cottrell Boyce is a celebrated children's author and screenwriter. He has written such books as "Millions," "Framed," and most recently his upcoming novel "Cosmic." In 2004, Frank Cottrell Boyce was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal for outstanding achievement in children's literature for writing "Millions."

Susanne T Schroder

Susanne has worked in publishing since leaving Copenhagen 15 yearsago. She likes children's books (a little bit more than ones meant for adults). Loves to wonder about our amazing planet ... animals.  Likes to ask why, and especially what if questions.

Memories of her grandmother’s made-up poems like How the Forget-Me-Not Got His Name have influenced her Christmas books, as have the old Christmas legends like How the Robin Got His Red Breast. She is presently working on the third in the Unlikely Heroes series, a set of Apps Freaky Facts Of The Solar System and on a series of rhyming riddles Guess Zoo that help toddlers discover who's who in the zoo.

Daniel Riding

Daniel Riding is a children's author, poet and artist, who currently lives in Liverpool with his husband and two very demanding cats Raja and Oliver.


Daniel has always loved playing with words and telling magical and fun stories, so it is no surprise that he ended up as a writer, poet and reader. When not writing and drinking copious amounts of tea, Daniel can often be found reading or generally doing something arty and creative.


Daniel is also a bookseller for Waterstones, which after writing is one of the best jobs in the world

Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison is an Adventurer, Author and TV Presenter, as well as a patron of the Bootle Children's Literary Festival.​ Alice has written 3 books about her travels across Morocco. Alice was born in Edinburgh but spent the first 8 years of her life roaming the mountains of Uganda, Africa. Alice returned to England to finish her education at Edinburgh University. Alice pursued a career in journalism and rose quickly through the ranks of the BBC. 

Alice "left the rat race for a bike race" and bitten by the adventure bug, she committed to becoming a full-time adventurer. Alice continues to undertake challenges and break boundaries in her field, sharing her story with everyone along the way.

Alan Gibbons

Alan Gibbons is an award-winning author living in Walton, here in Liverpool. Author of over seventy books and a million-selling writer, Alan tells stories to kids of all ages all over the UK and overseas, having visited seventy-four countries.

Alan has won the televised Blue Peter Book Award ‘The Book I Couldn’t Put Down’ and nineteen other awards.

Jude Lennon

Jude Lennon is an author and storyteller from Liverpool. Moving from a career in teaching who loved writing to an author who loves storytelling. 


Jude is a strong believer in the power of storytelling and allowing listeners to let their imaginations run free. Jude tells stories in Primary schools, festivals and community events and will be involved with Kingsley & Co.