Authors

Our authors are the powerhouse behind Lantana and we are proud to publish their inclusive titles. We champion under-represented and marginalised groups and look to amplify Black, Asian, Indigenous, Minority Ethnic, LGBTQIA, Disabled, Neurodiverse and Working Class voices.

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

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

Hannah Carmona

Hannah Carmona is a Latinx writer, actor, and director who currently resides in Tennessee. She is the mother of two girls, co-founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, and a YouTuber.

Books by Hannah: Anita and the Dragons

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

John Agard

John Agard, born in Guyana and now resident in the UK, is a world-renowned poet and performer. He has won numerous awards including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, the Smarties Award, the Paul Hamlyn Award and the Casa de las Americas Poetry Award.

Books by John: Coyote's Soundbite

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 has a PhD in Creative Writing.

Books by Lucy: Shadow

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

Ming & Wah Chen

Ming and Wah Chen are identical twins who love history, plucky heroes and anything by Agatha Christie. Graduates of Harvard and Columbia Universities respectively, they have published two previous children's books and live in Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Books by Ming & Wah: Escape

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

Pawel Pawlak

A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, award-winning children’s book illustrator Pawel Pawlak has illustrated over 80 books and won international acclaim for his work.(photo credit Ewa Kozyra-Pawlak)

Books by Pawel: Oscar Seeks a Friend

Ranjit Singh

Ranjit is a British children’s book author of East Asian heritage. He uses words to reach out and inspire people in his community.

Books by Ranjit: Nimesh the Adventurer

Rosie J. Pova

Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published children's author and school presenter whose mission is to inspire kids to believe in themselves, dream big, and follow their passions.

Books by Rosie: Sunday Rain

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

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

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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