Authors

Abi Elphinstone

Abi studied English at university then became a teacher. Now she writes books (The Dreamsnatcher, The Shadow Keeper) and travels the world looking for stories.

Books by Abi: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Adèle Geras

Adèle has published more than 100 books, mostly for children and young adults. She lives in Cambridge but lived in West Africa for a time when very young.

Books by Adèle: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Ali Winter

Ali is an experienced anthologist and non-fiction writer who has written for various international publications and is passionate about seeking out lesser told stories from around the world.

Books by Ali: Peace and Me, Science and Me (Autumn 2020)

Amanda Addison

Amanda's work is inspired by the natural world, travel and textiles. Long-listed for the Commonword and Virginia Prize, she holds an MA in Writing the Visual and lectures in Art and Creative Writing.

Books by Amanda: Boundless Sky

Ashok Banker

Ashok, 'India's Epic Storyteller', is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of over 63 books which have sold over 3.2 million copies in 21 countries and 61 languages.

Books by Ashok: I am Brown

Beverley Naidoo

Beverley is a Carnegie award winning author. Brought up during the apartheid years in South Africa much of her writing focuses on African history.(photo credit Linda Brownlee)

Books by Beverley: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Brigita Orel

Brigita is a Slovenian author and translator. She has published numerous short stories and poems in online and print journals. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Books by Brigita: The Pirate Tree

Chitra Soundar

Chitra is an Indian-born British author and storyteller. She has published over 30 books and is inspired by the rich heritage of epics and folktales from India.

Books by Chitra: You're Safe With Me, You're Snug With Me, You're Strong With Me

Diwa Tharan Sanders

Malaysian author Diwa teaches meditation and breathwork classes, and owns Tulamula, a company that makes intuitively-designed mala necklaces and bracelets for healing, happiness and inspiration.

Books by Diwa: Kaya's Heart Song

Elizabeth Laird

Elizabeth is the multi award winning author of many successful young fiction & YA novels. She has lived all over the world.(photo credit Anne Mortensen)

Books by Elizabeth: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine has written 170 books and been published in 50 countries. And people even give her prizes for it, like the Carnegie Medal.(photo credit Brett Williams)

Books by Geraldine: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Gill Lewis

Gill writes stories for children inspired by her love of the natural world. Her books have won international awards for environmental literature.

Books by Gill: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Ifeoma Onyefulu

My first child inspired me to start writing – there were very few books about Africans at the time. I have won awards in America and won the Children's Africana Book Award twice.

Books by Ifeoma: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

James Berry

James was a celebrated Jamaican poet, living in the UK. Winner of multiple awards including the Coretta Scott King Book Award and the Smarties Grand Prix, he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to poetry. He passed away in 2017.(photo credit Hazel Johnson).

Books by James: A Story About Afiya

Jo Loring-Fisher

Jo is an artist, illustrator and storyteller living in the countryside near Stonehenge in Wiltshire. She holds an MA in Children’s Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art.

Books by Jo: Maisie's Scrapbook, Taking Time

Joyce Chng

Joyce is a Chinese-Singaporean children’s author. Her work is regularly anthologised and she has a particular passion for steampunk and science fiction.

Books by Joyce: Dragon Dancer

Keilly Swift

Keilly is Managing Editor of the award-winning publication First News – the UK's first national newspaper for young people. The Tigon and the Liger is her first picture book.

Books by Keilly: The Tigon and the Liger

Lucy Christopher

Lucy is the award-winning author of Stolen, Flyaway, The Killing Woods and Storm-Wake. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, UK, where she holds a PhD in Creative Writing.

Books by Lucy: Shadow, A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Mahtab Narsimhan

Mahtab was born in Mumbai and now lives in Canada. She is the award-winning author of The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch Fiction Award, and The Tiffin.

Books by Mahtab: Looking for Lord Ganesh

Maryam Al Serkal

Maryam is an Emirati writer who is passionate about storytelling. She lives in Dubai with her husband and two children who inspire her stories.

Books by Maryam: Mira's Curly Hair

Nadine Kaadan

Nadine is an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator from Syria now living in the United Kingdom. Her mission is to encourage a reading culture in the Arab world. She has been nominated for a Kate Greenaway Medal.

Books by Nadine: The Jasmine Sneeze, Tomorrow

Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl

Nansubuga was born in the United States to Ugandan parents and works in international development in East and Southern Africa. Her debut picture book Sleep Well, Siba and Saba was voted a Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year.

Books by Nansubuga: Sleep Well, Siba and Saba, Sing to the Moon

Nnedi Okorafor

Nnedi is a multi-award-winning author born in the United States to Nigerian parents. Her children's books have won the Macmillan Writers Prize for Africa, the Children's Africana Book Award and the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature.

Books by Nnedi: Chicken in the Kitchen

Piers Torday

Piers Torday is the author of the Last Wild trilogy, which has sold around the world and won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.(photo credit James Betts)

Books by Piers: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Samuel Narh

Samuel was born and raised in Ghana. He loves to paint stories with words. Maisie’s Scrapbook was inspired by his young family. He lives in Ohio with his wife, Freda, and daughter, Merrit.

Books by Samuel: Maisie's Scrapbook

Sarah Lean

As a child, Sarah wanted to be a writer and dictated stories to her mother. Her fascination with animals began when she was aged eight and a stray cat decided to adopt her.

Books by Sarah: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Sharanya Manivannan

Sharanya is an award-winning poet and writer from India. Amongst her awards and accolades are the Lavanya Sankaran Fellowship, a 2012 ELLE Fiction Award, and nominations for the Pushcart Prize.(photo credit Catriona Mitchell)

Books by Sharanya: The Ammuchi Puchi

Stella Elia

Stella is a Brazilian children’s book writer. An art teacher with a Masters in Art History, she is also a founding member of Casa BabaYaga, a literary collective in Brazil.

Books by Stella: Old Man of the Sea

Susan Schubert

Susan retired after thirty years as a Kindergarten teacher and currently enjoys her "second career" assisting adult English Language Learners and U.S. citizenship candidates.

Books by Susan: I'll Believe You When...Unbelievable Idioms from around the world

Tom Moorhouse

Tom is half children's author and half research ecologist (an entity probably not called an "authologist"). He is the author of The River Singers, The Rising and Trickster.

Books by Tom: A Wisp of Wisdom: Animal Tales from Cameroon

Tutu Dutta

Tutu was born in India but grew up in Malaysia. She is the author of several highly praised books for young people. In 2014, Tutu was a judge for the Scholastic Asia Young Writers Award.

Books by Tutu: Phoenix Song

Wanuri Kahiu

Born in Nairobi, Wanuri is an award-winning filmmaker and TED fellow. Her films have screened in over 100 festivals around the world.

Books by Wanuri: The Wooden Camel

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