Hertfordshire’s best children’s authors & illustrators

PUBLISHED: 06:00 27 August 2020 | UPDATED: 14:33 27 August 2020

Where the Poppies Now Grow, illustrated by Martin Impey (image courtesy Strauss House Productions)

Where the Poppies Now Grow, illustrated by Martin Impey (image courtesy Strauss House Productions)

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4 of the best children’s authors & illustrators in Hertfordshire

Jonathan Stroud

‘I’ve written 14 novels including the Lockwood & Co series and the Bartimaeus books. My latest, The Outlaws Scarlett and Browne, is set in a future England where the country has become more wild and humanity is on the defensive. The book has lots of adventure, intrigue, scares and humour and is a kind of British western.’

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The Lonely Tree has been translated into eight languages and is also available as a colouring book (image courtesy Halliday Books)The Lonely Tree has been translated into eight languages and is also available as a colouring book (image courtesy Halliday Books)

Tamsyn Murray

‘Children’s books are usually especially well crafted to tick multiple boxes. At the moment I’m writing a new story for younger readers about a boy who discovers a creepy café in the graveyard next door to his house and having lots of fun thinking up revolting recipes to put on the menu!’

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Martin Impey

‘A great children’s book begins with a fabulous idea. As a visual person, I like to include extra detail in my work that isn’t necessarily in the text – detail that asks questions which invite the viewer into the illustration and the story. Following on from the huge success of an award winning WW1 series of books for children, I am currently working on a children’s book set in London during WW2.’

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Nicholas Halliday

‘The best books are some of the most beautiful things humans create. What makes a great children’s book is something that touches a child in some way by the imagery created from the text. The Lonely Tree is about the cycle of life. Along with loss and renewal, these are perennial, almost karmic, themes recurring in what I do. I really wrote it for my daughter, Lily, who at the time was just shy of four, but this is a children’s book for all ages.’

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