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Julian Gough and Jim Field

julian-goughJulian Gough is the author of several novels, a children’s book, some BBC radio plays, and the narrative at the end of the wonderful computer game, Minecraft (TIME magazine’s computer game of the year). His first children’s book, Rabbit’s Bad Habits, published in 2016, has been widely critically-acclaimed; Neil Gaiman called ‘a laugh-out-loud story’, and Eoin Colfer called ‘an instant modern classic’. Julian has won the BBC National Short Story Award and has been shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. He also, in his youth, wrote the words (and sang) on four albums by the cult Galway group, Toasted Heretic, and had a top-ten hit in Ireland with Galway and Los Angeles, a song about not kissing Sinead O’Connor. He was born in London, raised in Tipperary, educated in Galway and now lives in Berlin.

jim-fieldJim was born and brought up in Farnborough. He drew from a very early age, with a burning ambition to ‘make cartoons’. He studied animation at Hull School of Art and Design, graduated in 2002, and made his way into the animation industry, working as a director for Partizan in London. Meanwhile, he was also penning his way as a freelance illustrator, working for editorial publications. His first picture book, Cats Ahoy!, written by Peter Bently, won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011 and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in Paris with his wife and daughter.

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