Authors beginning with: F
Adam Frost is one of the UK's most exciting new children's writers. His stories can be found in print, online and in exhibitions and installations. He won the Blue Peter Book Award 2016 - Best Book with Facts for The Epic Book of Epicness, and has been nominated for the Ottakar's (now Waterstones) Children's Book Prize. His other books for Bloomsbury include The Awesome Body Book and The Book of Me.
Adam Foulds read English at St. Catherine's, Oxford, has a Creative Writing MA from UEA and received the Harper-Wood fellowship from St. John's College, Cambridge. His poetry, praised by Christopher Reid and Craig Raine, has appeared in magazines such as Arete, Stand and Quadrant. He is the author of The Truth About These Strange Times which won The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.
Alex Frith has been a children's author for more than a decade, covering every topic on Earth, from prehistoric animals to robots with artificial intelligence, and everything under the Sun, from the origins of the Universe to the adventures of Thor, God of Thunder. At home he reads too many comics and attempts to raise three children with an awful lot of help from his wife, and no help at all from his cat.
Andrew Fusek Peters is a poet and storyteller whose interest in folk tales was kindled when hearing about the history of his mother’s Czech family. His fascination with myths was fuelled by learning the didgeridoo and working with aboriginal storytellers, singers and dancers.
He is an experienced schools visitor and children’s author who loves to entertain with over 70 books published worldwide.
Children's Laureate 2001-2003
Anne Fine studied politics and history. She has been writing for both adults and children since 1978, winning numerous prizes including the Guardian Award and both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread (now Costa) Award twice over. Her work is translated into over forty languages.
As the second Children's Laureate (2001-2003) Anne campaigned to raise the profile of public libraries, as well as launching the My Home Library Scheme, encouraging children to build their own libraries at home.
When she was three, Barabra began drawing plants and animals, and when she was eleven years old, her family moved to the country, enabling her to spend even more time sketching the flora and fauna around her. After leaving school she studied pattern cutting at the London College of Fashion. She was offered a job in the Marks and Spencer design department, but turned it down in favour of a job on Vogue knitting books, producing step-by-step illustrations of knitting, crocheting and dressmaking. It was with Walker Books, however, that Barbara was able to do illustration work in her favourite field - natural history - and has gone on to illustrate many award-winning books.
Catherine Fisher is an acclaimed poet and children’s author who lives in Newport, South East Wales. Her bestselling books include The Snow-Walker trilogy, the Oracle trilogy, the Incarceron series and the Chronoptika series. Catherine was Wales’ first Young People's Laureate (2011-2013) and has won a number of awards for her work. The Clockwork Crow is her first book for Firefly Press.
Claire Freedman lives on the Essex coast close to Southend-on-Sea. She is the author of many books for children, including Who's For Dinner, Cuddle Bear and Bedtime, Little Ones! When not writing, Claire spends her time sailing and walking in the countryside.
One of Germany's best-loved children's authors, Cornelia Funke first established her huge international fan base with the publication of the New York Times bestseller Dragon Rider. She has won the Book Sense Children's Literature Award twice and the Roswitha Prize, and was voted into Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in 2005. Her Inkheart trilogy was adapted into a major Hollywood movie. Cornelia resides in sunny Los Angeles.
Charlie Fletcher (born 1960) is a British screenwriter and author. After many years writing for film and television, he is now probably best known for his children's novel, Stoneheart.
Chris was born in Colchester in 1958 and has a degree in Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic and fell into Illustration by accident. It was by pure chance that he met an illustrator who suggested he join the Association of Illustrators. It was suggested that his style of drawing at the time would suit children's books and through one of the illustrators, (Alan Snow), a meeting was arranged with Ian Butterworth who was then Art Director at Harper/Collins. Other offers began to come in and gradually he had enough work to become a self employed Children's Book Illustrator. He has Illustrated over 80 Books and been shortlisted for several awards for the books he has been involved with. He soon hopes to start writing his own texts, which he feels is long overdue.
Dan Freedman was born in London in 1977 and has been obsessed with football from a very young age. His passion was a constant through school and university and led him to doing work experience at Arsenal FC, Radio Five LIVE, Carlton TV, Mail on Sunday and Sky Sports. Dan joined The FA in 2000, becoming editor of their website. As Editor, his job was to bring to life for the public what goes on behind the scenes and to give the players and coaches the platform to talk directly to the fans. He also wrote all the programmes for England matches and The FA Cup Final and toured with the England team during two World Cups and the European Championships.
Ele Fountain worked as an editor in children's publishing, where she was responsible for launching and nurturing the careers of many prize-winning and bestselling authors including Angie Sage, Philip Reeve and Sarah Crossan. She lived in Addis Ababa for several years, where she was inspired to write her debut novel Boy 87, and initially submitted the book under a pseudonym as her name was well-known in the world of children's literature. Ele Fountain now lives in what she describes as a 'not quite falling-down house' in Hampshire with her husband and two young daugters, and is writing her second novel.
Jan Fearnley is a bestselling picture book author and illustrator with nearly three quarters of a million books sold and numerous awards to her name. She is the author of the Mr Wolf series as well as Little Robin Red Vest, Arthur and the Meanies and The Baby Dragon-Tamer. Jan lives in South London with her husband Paul and her two cats, Rosie and Kyra.
Jim Field is a lead-driven, pencil-pushing, 25-frames-per-second, Led Zeppelin fan. He is also a hugely talented illustrator and animation director whose previous clients have included Waterstones, Sainsbury's, Oxfam, The Independent, The Guardian, The FT, Channel 4, Virgin Mobile, Nokia, GQ, Haymarket and BAC.
Cats Ahoy! was Jim's first picture book, and his vibrant, energetic style and witty detail delighted children and adults alike.
John Fardell was brought up near Bristol, England, where he spent many hours in his dad's workshop, learning to make model planes and boats. He has always enjoyed making up comic strips and drawing inventions. Since growing up, John has been all sorts of things: potato picker, toilet cleaner, care worker, drama student, film extra, door-to-door salesman, pierrot, barman, and viola player but has mostly earned his living as a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and occasional designer of puppet theatre shows.
His comic strips and cartoons have appeared in a wide variety of UK publications including Viz, the List, the Independent and the Herald. John Fardell is the author of three children's novels, including The Seven Professors of the Far North, The Flight of the Silver Turtle and The Secret of the Black Moon Moth. Manfred the Baddie is his first picture book. He is married with two boys and lives in Edinburgh.
John Foster is one the nation's best-loved and most highly regarded children's poets. John's poetry anthologies present children with original and contemporary poetry, proving that poetry is both accessible and fun.
His books have included First Verses for the Very Young, My First Oxford Book of Poems, My First Book of Animal Poems, Twinkle, Twinkle Chocolate Bar, Dinosaur Poems, Monster Poems, Dragon Poems, Fantastic Football Poems and Pet Poems.
Julie Fletcher lives in Edinburgh where she creates children's books and cards from a small, colourful studio. Originally from the west coast of Scotland, she studied illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Julie graduated in 1999 and got her first job as an in-house designer for a greetings card company based near London before going freelance, initially working from her bedroom! In her spare time she likes to enjoy the outdoors, visit galleries and work on personal art projects.
María Fernanda Maquieira is an Argentine author born in Buenos Aires in 1966. She studied Literature at the University of Buenos Aires and has a Masters Degree in Editing by the University of Salamanca, in Spain. She has coordinated writing workshops for children and teenagers, and was a member of the board of directors from ALIJA/IBBY. She has been in charge of the Children's and Young Adult Department in loqueleo (Santillana) ever since 1997, where she has edited more than 700 titles of the most prestigious authors from around the world. Rompecabezas is her first novel and is the winner of the Cuatrogatos Award (2015) Recommended by the foundation Asociación para Leer, Escuchar, Escribir y Recrear, IBBY México.
Mem Fox is Australia's favourite children's picture book author. Her books, loved for their exquisite warmth of feeling and pitch-perfect language, have become classics all over the world. Born in Melbourne in 1946, Mem's missionary parents took her to Africa at the age of just six months. As a child she went to the Hope Fountain mission school, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, then at eighteen she left the country and moved to London where she studied drama. In 1969 she married Malcolm, a teacher, with whom she had a daughter, Chloë. Mem lives with her family in Adelaide, South Australia.
Michael Foreman’s numerous books for children have earned him widespread recognition as one of the world’s leading illustrators. He has worked with Terry Jones on his previous titles and also writes and illustrates his own books, including War Boy and War Game, which won the Kate Greenaway and Smarties prize respectively. Michael is also the illustrator for many of Michael Morpurgo's best-selling books, including Not Bad for a Bad Lad.
Rachel studied illustration at Brighton University, graduating in 1997. She has two children who she finds inspirational for much of her work. They live in Brighton and she works in a studio with fellow artists in the North Laines. She enjoys working in all areas of illustration, from editorial to children's publishing and has worked with many designers and publishers over the years.
Rachel spent 11 years studying and teaching philosophy at the universities of London and Oxford before joining Usborne. Since then she has written books on subjects ranging from knights, to food, to philosophy, as well as retelling folk stories, and writing children's versions of numerous novels.
Born and educated in Scotland, Scott Forbes worked as an editor for publishers in the UK, France and Australia before branching out as a freelance editor and writer. Currently living in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, he has written and contributed to a wide range of publications for children and adults. His other books for young readers include The Reader's Digest Children's Atlas of the World, How to Make a Planet, Not-for-Parents: China, and (as co-author) the Encyclopedia of Scary Things.
Stewart Foster is the award-winning author of The Bubble Boy and All the Things That Could Go Wrong. He was one of the Observer's New Faces of Fiction for 2014 and one of Amazon's Rising Stars the same year. He lives in Bath.
Timothée de Fombelle is a French author and playwright. He is perhaps best known for his novels Toby Alone and Vango, and their sequels. His plays, which include Le Phare, Je danse toujours, and Rose Cats, have been translated into many languages.
I was born in London, but a South African mother meant frequent trips there when I was little, and memories of holidays with my grandparents next to the sea are some of my most powerful and influential. Leaving secondary school, I knew I wanted to study art, but hadn't really registered that illustration might be a degree all by itself. Finding that it was, I went to Kingston, and meeting a class of twenty other people interested in the same things as me was sort of a revelation - here were more people who'd drawn fairies in their teens, liked to talk about types of pencil and thought Maurice Sendak was wonderful.
Thomas works digitally, drawing straight into his computer with his Wacom tablet, and in the old fashioned way on paper with brush and ink and drawing pens. He loves to draw and doodle. He has a very loose grip on reality, and enjoys disappearing into his own imagination in search of new characters, worlds and ideas to draw.
His work is influenced by his interest in all kinds of books, films, comics and Japanese video games. He loves Christmas and chocolate. He owns (almost) too many books.
Vivian French is a British writer of picture book texts, novels, plays, and non-fiction for children and young adults. She has written more than 250 books – including the picture book Oliver's Vegetables (1995) and The Tiara Club series of chapter books illustrated by Sarah Gibb (from 2005) – which have sold more than three million copies.