Alice Hemming

Course Leader

As a child, Alice loved the idea of writing a book, and at the age of seven completed her first manuscript, about a robin that couldn’t sing. When she grew up she worked as a librarian, a website editor and an Outreach manager for a university. It was only when she had children of her own that she was able to pursue her childhood dream. Her first picture book was published in 2013 and now she works as a full-time writer in a shed at the top of the garden. She has had over twenty books published in the UK and internationally, including picture books, reading scheme texts and chapter books. Alice lives in Hertford with her husband, two children, and two rabbits, who all provide lots of inspiration. When she isn’t writing she enjoys drawing and yoga. Find out more about Alice at

Stephanie Baudet

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Stephanie has had nearly forty children’s books published, plus a historical novella for adults, since her first success in the 1980s. These have been published by such companies as Hamish Hamilton, Puffin, Andre Deutsch, Anglia Young Books, Poolbeg Press and Cambridge University Press.
She has written a number of educational resources for an educational publisher including three assembly books as well as several books for reluctant readers.
Her most recent works are a commissioned series of ten books about a mad chef called Mr Pattacake, and this publisher, Sweet Cherry Publishing, has commissioned a further series called The Dinosaur Detectives, which will also comprise a ten book box set.
Stephanie is, of course, an avid reader herself, preferring suspense and mystery stories, especially medical thrillers.

Stephanie has been a tutor for ten years with two writing schools in their Writing for Children Course have taught hundreds of students. She visits schools to talk to children about creative writing, She is also a trained proof-reader, and is a member of the Society of Authors and the Scattered Authors’ Society.
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Heather Butler

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Heather Butler, She is both a teacher and writer. Her degree specialised in teaching children with learning difficulties with over 30 years’ of experience in UK primary classrooms, she has written over 30 books including resource books for teachers such as Literacy in Action, Classroom Literacy Games and They Can Write, They Just Need Help.
She’s been writer-in-residence at several schools including an extended Creative Partnerships residency in Tower Hamlets, travelled the country leading writing workshops and INSET training sessions and also worked in schools in Croatia, Poland and America.
Heather’s debut novel, Us Minus Mum (Little, Brown 2014), was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and received an award from the UK Literacy Association.

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Kathryn White

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Her first picture book Good Day, Bad Day (OUP, 2000) was illustrated by well-known illustrator Cliff Wright. Since then, Kathryn has collaborated with a number of publishing houses including Heinemann, Little Tiger Press, Egmont, Scholastic, Caterpillar Books and most recently Barefoot Books for her forthcoming title Ruby’s Walk. Kathryn specialises in bringing animals to life for young audiences and her 2004 book Here Comes the Crocodile (Little Tiger Press) was nominated for the Sheffield Book Award and the Nottingham Children’s Book Award in 2005. Kathryn has also contributed short stories and poems to children’s anthologies, including Lines in the Sand (Francis Lincoln, 2004) a book which explored the theme of war and its impact on children.

Kathryn is a frequent visitor to Literary Festivals throughout the UK and has worked with various schools to share the best practices of story writing with children.

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Cate Sampson

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Catherine Sampson is a renowned author and journalist. She started out in journalism many years ago, working first for the BBC and then as Beijing correspondent for The Times. Since leaving journalism, she has published six novels – four adult crime novels published by Macmillan under the name Catherine Sampson and two YA crime novels published by Simon & Schuster under the name Cate Sampson. To To know more about her, please visit her website,

Sarah Mussi

Course Leader

Sarah Mussi is a talented, multi-award winning author who is also a fully trained English secondary school teacher. She can provide workshops for children aged 6- 13 years, especially reluctant readers.Sarah loves to work with primary level students and adapt content so as to be suitable for class discussion and participation at primary level. She delivers her workshops through interactive speaking & listening and writing elements. They are engaging and thought provoking.

She has appeared at many festivals, including Henley and Guildford; she is a regular tutor for the Winchester Writers’ Conference and has given workshops for SCBWI as well as to many schools and public libraries. She is also the current Chair of CWISL (Children’s Writers and Illustrators in South London). In 2001 Sarah was shortlisted by the BBC Worldwide Children’s Talent Fiction Award.

Sarah has published many books. In 2001 Sarah was shortlisted by the BBC Worldwide Children’s Talent Fiction Award.

The Door of No Return went on to win the Glen Dimplex Children’s Book of the Year Award, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and given Library Guild status in the USA. Her third novel, The Last of the Warrior Kings, was published in April 2008 `{`Hodder`}`. The Last of the Warrior Kings was shortlisted for the Lewisham Book Award, inspired a London Walk, is used as a text in Lewisham schools and was optioned for film. Sarah currently has two new book contracts with Hodder and now a third with Hot Key Books.

Winner of the Glen Dimplex & Irish Writers’ Award for Best Children’s Book
Shortlisted for Branford Boase Award
Nominated for the Carnegie Medal
RIOT ~ Winner of the 2015 Lancashire Book Award
SIEGE – WINNER OF THE CONTEMPORARY BBUKYA AWARD ~ shortlisted~ Oldham Book Award, Leeds, Catalyst Book Award ~ Listed for UKLA, Hampshire Independent Book Awards