Kate McLelland

Kate McLelland is an accomplished illustrator and printmaker. She trained in illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She is the illustrator of bestselling picture book There Was A Wee Lassie Who Swallowed A Midgie and the much-loved My First Scottish board book series, which includes Colours, Things That Go, Animals and Numbers.

Kathryn Selbert

Kathryn Selbert is a children’s author and illustrator with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently lives in Connecticut, USA, with her French bulldog Margot.

Mike Phillips

Mike Phillips is the illustrator of many children’s books including the Horrible Histories: Gruesome Guides and the Horrible Geography series.

Gill Arbuthnott

Gill Arbuthnott was born and brought up in Edinburgh, but escaped briefly to study in St Andrews and Southampton. She couldn’t stay away, however, and now lives in Edinburgh with her family and Leonard the cat. When she’s not writing, she works as a biology teacher. She says writing for children is possibly the best job in the world. She writes both fiction and fun factual books for children. Her novels for older children include Chaos Clock, Chaos Quest, Dark Spell and Winterbringers (all Kelpies), dyslexia-friendly books with Barrington Stoke and The Keeper’s Daughter (Chicken House). Gill has also written two picture books, Lost at the Zoo and Giant Panda Party (Picture Kelpies).

Linda Williamson

Linda Williamson was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1949. She has a PhD from Edinburgh University, and is an American folklorist, storyteller and editor. She was married to renowned Scottish folk storyteller Duncan Williamson and has three children and five grandchildren — on both sides of the Atlantic.

Duncan Williamson

Duncan Williamson was born in 1928 on the shores of Loch Fyne. He was the seventh of sixteen children born to a family of Travellers, who set up camp in the same place every winter and wandered the Highlands during the summer, hawking their tin and natural willow wares. Duncan left home at the age of fifteen and spent the next forty years travelling, continuing the traditional trades of his people. In 1980 he moved into a farm cottage in Fife with his second wife, Linda, who transcribed some of his vast repertoire of songs, stories and family history. Duncan died in 2007, leaving behind a worldwide legacy. His reputation was extraordinary and the impact of his storytelling continues in literary editions of his work, published by Canongate, Cambridge University Press, Penguin, Mondadori, and more recently Birlinn, Luath Press and Floris Books.

Linda Williamson was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1949. She has a PhD from Edinburgh University, and is an American folklorist, storyteller and editor. She has three children and five grandchildren — on both sides of the Atlantic.

Teresa Martinez

Teresa Martinez was born and brought up in rural Mexico, moving to Monterrey to go to school. She studied graphic design and painting before becoming a children’s book illustrator.

Kate Leiper

Kate Leiper is an artist and illustrator based in Edinburgh. She studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and her work has been exhibited in galleries from London to the north of Scotland. The Scottish Storytelling Centre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre have commissioned her artwork. Her inspirations range from Scottish folklore to the Far East to Shakespeare. She and acclaimed author Theresa Breslin have partnered on An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales, and An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures (both Floris Books).

Theresa Breslin

Theresa Breslin OBE is a multi-award-winning author of over 50 books for children and young adults. Her work has been filmed for television, adapted for stage, broadcast on radio, translated world-wide and won many literary prizes, including the Carnegie Medal. She lives near Glasgow, Scotland and is a regular visitor at book festivals and schools. Theresa was awarded a Scottish Book Trust Outstanding Achievement Award in March 2019, and was made an OBE in June 2019. She and Kate Leiper created An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales and An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Mythical Creatures together.

Natasa Ilincic

Natasa Ilincic is an artist and illustrator originally from Croatia and now living and working in Edinburgh. She is particularly inspired by magic and folklore. She is the illustrator of The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster and The Legend of the First Unicorn.