Brilliant stories, amazing writers

We’ve lined up some of the best storytellers in the business.
Stories can make us laugh or cry, and these stories have the power to unlock an incredible opportunity for you.

Each one of our world class writers has crafted a beautiful story that now needs you to bring it to life. Stories in books, television, films and games have the power to shape the way young minds see our world. So, we want you to illustrate or animate worlds, environments and characters fit to sit alongside these brilliant stories.

So, we want you to illustrate or animate a character from one of these brilliant stories and bring them to life in your own style.

Meet our writers
Keith Chapman
Keith started in advertising as an Art Director/Creative Director, drawing comic strips, caricatures and greetings cards in his spare time. He then worked for Jim Henson, designing licensing products for The Muppets, Fraggle Rock and Muppet Babies.  

Keith’s first TV creation, the BAFTA award-winning Bob the Builder, became an instant, world-famous mega-hit. Going on to co-found Chapman Entertainment in 2004, Keith has created numerous successful shows including Fifi & the Flowertots, Roary the Racing Car, Little Charley Bear and Raa Raa the Noisy Lion.

In 2012, he founded Keith Chapman Productions Ltd and created his next blockbuster, Paw Patrol, which is currently rated the No. 1 most successful preschool show in the world.
Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Runaway Robot, Millions,Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, Framed, Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels. Frank’s firstbook, Millions,won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 and he later won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for The Unforgettable Coat (Walker Books). In 2020, Frank contributed to the short story collection,The Book of Hopes by Katherine Rundell. Frank is a highly successful British screenwriter whose credits include The Railway Man, Millions, Goodbye Christopher Robin and the 2012 opening ceremony for the London Olympics. He is also a judge for the BBC Radio 2500 Words competition. Frank's new book, Noah's Gold will be out in May 2021. He resides in Merseyside with his family.
Gillian Cross
Gillian Cross has been writing children’s books for over forty years. She has won many prizes, including the Carnegie Medal (for Wolf), the Whitbread Children’s Novel Award and the Smarties prize (for The Great Elephant Chase) and the Little Rebels Award (for After Tomorrow). There were successful television dramatisations of her Demon Headmaster books in the 1990s and again in 2019.
Dan Freedman
Dan is an author, best known for creating and writing the hugely popular series of Jamie Johnson books about a talented but troubled young footballer who dreams of being one of the best players in the world. The BBC adapted the books into a Bafta and Emmy nominated TV series.
Before becoming an author, Dan was managing editor for the English FA, he has interviewed many famous footballers including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Dan has also been to 2 World Cups, living with the England squad as their official journalist. As well as interviewing and meeting famous footballers, Dan was also part of the delegations to meet the Queen, different Prime Ministers and Nelson Mandela.When he is not writing, Dan makes visits to schools and sports clubs in order to share his experiences and give young people tips and ideas to help improve their writing and story-telling skills. He has now made more than 2000 school visits and those experiences inspired him to write his latest novel - the award-winning teen thriller - Unstoppable.
Swapna Haddow
Swapna Haddow is an award-winning children’s author, who won the Greenhouse Funny Prize with the first title in her debut series Dave Pigeon!, illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. She also writes picture books, including My Dad is a Grizzly Bear, illustrated by Dapo Adeola, and young fiction. Her work has been selected for Tom Fletcher Book Club, won numerous national awards and been shortlisted for prestigious awards such as the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award.

Swapna lives in New Zealand with her karate-chopping, swash-buckling son and her thirty-something, age-sensitive husband. She spends her time writing, eating cake and making sure her son doesn’t flatten her husband as he attempts to master his human cannonball trick. Sometimes she does all three at the same time.
M.G. Leonard
M. G. Leonard is an award-winning, bestselling, writer of children’s books for all ages. Her books have been translated into over forty languages. She is currently writing the popular Adventures on Trains series.
She burst onto the literary scene with her quirky debut Beetle Boy in 2016. She is a vice president of insect charity Buglife. She and her beetles have appeared on Blue Peter, Springwatch Unsprung, Countryfile, Meet the Author with James Naughtie, Sky News, and featured in the BBC documentary, The Bug Couple. A TV series based on the Beetle Boy books is currently in development with Nevision and Buccaneer.
Maya lives in Brighton with her husband, two sons and pet beetles. She spent her early career in the music industry running Setanta Records, an independent record label and managing bands, most notably The Divine Comedy. After leaving the music industry, she trained as an actor, dabbling in directing and producing as well as performing, before becoming a digital producer for Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Opera House, the National Theatre and Harry Potter West End.
Maya is one of the founding authors of Authors4Oceans, with Lauren St John, campaigning to reduce single-use plastics.
Mark Lowery
Mark Lowery is the author of 10 books for children and young adults, including Socks Are Not Enough, Charlie and Me and The Roman Garstang Series (Including The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life). He has been shortlisted and nominated for some of the most prestigious awards in children's fiction, including The Roald Dahl Funny Prize (twice), The Carnegie Medal (twice) and the Children's Book Award. His latest Novel, Eating Chips With Monkey, was released in 2020. Born in Wales, he grew up in Preston and now lives in Suffolk with his wife and three children. He works as a primary school teacher.
Will Mabbitt
Will Mabbitt has an overactive imagination. It used to get him in trouble but now it's his job. Since his first book, The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award, he's become a household name in children's fiction, penning and illustrating picture books and chapter books alike.
E.L. Norry
Emma Norry gained a Film degree in Southampton, then spent her twenties in London, working in publishing for a year and brand management for three years. After that, she moved down South to study an MA in Screenwriting. She now lives in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.

She started her writing career with short stories, which are still one of her greatest loves. Her first children's novel was historical, a commission to be part of Scholastic's Voices series and Son of the Circus, set in Victorian times, was published in September 2019. Since then, she’s written both fiction and non-fiction for children, including a biography for Puffin about Nelson Mandela, aswell as a contemporary adventure called Amber Undercover, and has other exciting projects lined-up!
Adam Redfern
Adam Redfern is a BAFTA-winning Writer, Producer and Showrunner with a 20 year career in kids’ television. Currently writing for series including The Adventures of Paddington for Nick Jr / Milkshake, Oddbods for YouTube / Netflix and Deer Squad for Nick Jr / IQIYI, Adam also creates, develops and pitches his own shows too.
Sam Sedgman
Sam Sedgman is the co-author of the bestselling Adventures on Trains series of mystery novels for young readers, written with his friend M. G. Leonard. Its first installment, The Highland Falcon Thief, won the Books Are My Bag Readers' Award for Children's Fiction in 2020.

Before becoming a writer, Sam worked as a digital consultant for the National Theatre, as well as hosting and co-producing their podcast. He previously worked as a freelance digital producer for arts and literature organisations across the country, and founded a company creating bespoke murder mystery treasure hunts. He lives in London.
Chitra Soundar
Chitra Soundar is an internationally published, award-winning author,  storyteller and screenwriter, who is inspired by mythology, culture and folktales from across the world.
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