Tony Abbott is the author of over 60 books for young readers, including the Droon series, which has sold over 4.5 million books to date, and the Golden Kite winner Firegirl. He has been a bookseller and a librarian and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.
Joan Aiken (1924-2004) was born in Rye, Sussex. She was the daughter of the American poet Conrad Aiken, and her step-father was English writer Martin Armstrong. Joan Aiken wrote over 100 books for young readers and adults and is recognised as one of the classic children's authors of the twentieth century.Her best-known books are The Wolves of Willoughby Chase chronicles and the Arabel's Raven series, but she is also famous for her brilliant short stories. Joan Aiken received the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the United States as well as the Guardian Award for Fiction. She was decorated with an MBE for her services to children's books.
Sarah Albee is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 books for kids, ranging from preschool through middle grade. Prior to being a full-time writer, Sarah worked at Children's Television Workshop (producers of Sesame Street) for nine years. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, their three kids, and their dog, Rosie.
With his writing and acting work on MTV's legendary sketch comedy series, The State, as well as on Reno 911!, High Maintenance, Blue Man Group and more, Kevin Allison has created all kinds of stories. In 2009, he launched RISK!, the live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they'd dare to share, which is downloaded over 2.5 million times per month. Allison is also the founder of The Story Studio in New York, where he has taught the art of storytelling to bestselling authors, well-known comedians, and executives from a range of fields.
Stephen K Amos
STEPHEN K AMOS is a British stand-up comedian of Nigerian origin. A regular on the international comedy circuit, he began his career as a compere at the Big Fish comedy clubs in South London, and has been nominated for Chortle's Best Compere Award three times.Stephen has charmed and entertained audiences all over the world with his natural, assured delivery and his honest, original material and can find the funny in some of the most unexpected places. His debut DVD Find the Funny, recorded at the Enmore Theatre Sydney, was released in November 2009. In 2010 The Stephen K Amos Show debuted on BBC2. His second DVDThe Feelgood Factor was filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo. His 2011 Best Medicine solo show played to packed out crowds around the country.
Armstrong and Miller met at University and have been working successfully as actors and comedians, both together and separately, since the mid 1990s. They are currently working on a new series of the BBC1 Armstrong and Miller Show, and a fifty-date tour - both for autumn 2010.