Martyn Waites was born and raised in Newcastle Upon Tyne. He first worked as an actor and has appeared in numerous theatre and TV productions. His first novel, Mary's Prayer, featuring investigative journalist Stephen Larkin, was published in 1997. He has been shortlisted for the CWA Steel Dagger for thriller of the year, the Dagger in Library and the short story Dagger, and his novel The White Room was Guardian Book of the Year. Writing as Tania Carver, he created the Phil Brennan/Marina Esposito series, the first of which, The Surrogate, was shortlisted for the Theakstons Award for crime novel of the year. He has held two writing residencies in YOIs and prisons, twice been the RLF Literary Fellow at Essex university, held classes in creative writing for excluded teenagers and taught an MA in crime fiction. He can be found at www.martynwaites.com or www.taniacarver.com.
Catherine Webb was just fourteen when she wrote her extraordinary debut, Mirror Dreams. She also writes under the pseudonyms Kate Griffin and Claire North. She lives in London.
Alex Wheatle is the bestselling author of several books including the modern classic Brixton Rock, and the multi-award winning Crongton series. He was awarded an MBE for his services to literature in 2008, has been twice nominated for the Carnegie Medal, and has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
Simcha Whitehill lives in New York City, but has spent much of her career in the world of Pokémon. A graduate of New York University, she began working on the American show production team, has had a hand in developing games for the brand, and authored of over two dozen books about Ash, Pikachu, and their crew. Like most fans, Simcha shares the mantra, "Gotta catch 'em all." In addition to Pokémon, Simcha has also written for Disney and Nickelodeon.
Former singer, shoe-seller and radio show host, Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, and Otherland series have established him as one of the most internationally popular fantasy authors of recent years.
Sherri Winston is the author of President of the Whole Fifth Grade (a Sunshine State Young Readers Award selection), President of the Whole Sixth Grade (a Kids' Indie Next pick), President of the Whole Sixth Grade: Girl Code, The Sweetest Sound, and The Kayla Chronicles. She lives with her family in Florida.
Ian Winwood is one of the world's foremost music writers. He has written for Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Mojo, Kerrang!, and the BBC, and is the coauthor, alongside Paul Brannigan, of Birth School Metallica Death and Into the Black. Winwood resides in London.
James Woodall has written on music, theatre and literature for over twenty years. His first book was about flamenco. After a biography of Jorge Luis Borges, THE MAN IN THE MIRROR OF THE BOOK, he went to live in Berlin. A 'double biography' of John Lennon and Yoko Ono was published in Germany in 1997, and translated into over a dozen other languages. In Berlin James taught and lectured, and travelled widely as an arts writer, contributing to the FINANCIAL TIMES, THE ECONOMIST and many other publications.
Sesame Street debuted in 1969 and has been defining children's programming ever since. More than 90 million kids have watched Sesame Street over the past four-and-a-half decades.