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Vicky Barker is b small publishing’s art director and a Blue Peter Book Award winning illustrator for Real-life Mysteries. Vicky Barker graduated from Liverpool John Moores University and has designed and illustrated for publishers such as Usborne, Egmont and Catnip. For b small publishing, Vicky has illustrated the STEM Starters for Kids series, Paper Toys, Infographics for Kids, FACTS, Geographics and many more.

 Ruth is a language teacher, translation workshop leader, and literary translator working from Arabic, Russian and German into English. She has translated novels, nonfiction and children’s books from Germany, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, Switzerland and Syria. Ruth is a passionate advocate for translated literature in schools, especially in September, World Kid Lit Month.

‘Luogo comune’ which means ‘cliché’ or ‘stereotype’ in Italian is the pseudonym of Jacopo Ghisoni, an illustrator and street artist from Cremona in Italy. As you can tell from his artistic name, his wish, whether on paper or on a wall, is to try and break down stereotypes. In this long journey across the seven seas, through his images, he brings us stories and adventures that are often hidden. Jacopo studied history of art in Milan and now lives and works in Bologna, Italy.

Kim is a children’s book illustrator and designer who has worked for Ivy Kids, Lonely Planet and b small publishing, where she designed the range of language learning series, Hello Languages.

Clare was brought up in North London where she still lives and works. Having studied graphics and illustration at art college, Clare went straight to work for the BBC as an illustrator for children’s programmes. Clare still illustrates and writes lots of felt, fabric collage, pen and ink, and paper collage books for children.

Cassie trained at RADA and has performed at the Royal Court, the Globe and the Young Vic. Her recent TV credits include Father Brown, Holby City, Doctors and Lovesick. She has narrated numerous audiobooks for publishers such as Penguin Random House, Strathmore and W.F.Howes Ltd.

Marie-Thérèse is an author and French tutor for students of all ages. The author of many bestselling textbooks, Marie-Thérèse has also created radio programmes for the BBC.

Catherine has more than 30 years’ experience teaching languages to children and developing innovative language learning programmes as well as publishing all other types of non-fiction books for children from art to science.

Steven Johnson, Ste for short, is a freelance illustrator living in Sheffield. Graduating from Wrexham University shortly after the turn of the millennium he’s now not doing the thing he graduated in and very much enjoys illustrating instead – especially for books. And has had the good fortune of working with publishers such as Macmillan, Kingfisher, Hodder, Blue Train and b small publishing.