GRACE BOWMAN Author and Editor
Grace has always loved words. She began writing poems and stories at a young age, became Junior Editor of a collector’s magazine as a teenager, and was lucky enough to study English literature at Cambridge University. After leaving Cambridge she worked for the National Literacy Trust on the National Reading Campaign – encouraging everyone to read for pleasure. Soon after, Grace published A Shape Of My Own (Viking, 2006) and Thin (Penguin, 2007), as well as writing lots of articles for national newspapers and magazines. She became Writer in Residence in a school 2008-09, before taking some time out to raise her two young daughters and share with them her passion for reading. Grace continues to write as much as she can, in between working on her PhD in English. She has particularly enjoyed writing for children and really enjoys stories which have a strong theme or meaning. She hopes to do lots more writing for children in the future.
Visit Grace’s website – gracebowman.net
Ginger Books edited by Grace:
ALICE HEMMING Author and Editor
I have always enjoyed reading and writing. As a child, I grew obsessed by books that I enjoyed. I borrowed the picture book Would You Rather by John Burningham from the library repeatedly and was most upset when someone else requested it. I also read The Six Bullerby Children by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren so often that I could remember which words were on each page. Writing for children allows me to create fun new worlds and to play with words. It is very satisfying to see my initial ideas grow and develop into finished books with a lot of help from the illustrators and publishers. It is great for me that I get to work in a shed at the top of my garden! I also love sharing my passion and enjoy working in schools with children of all ages. I live in Hertford with my husband and two children, Clara and Tommy, who provide lots of inspiration for my work. My ideas for books usually come from real life although characters may change into animals or aliens and stories grow and develop. As well as writing, I enjoy yoga, drawing, and getting out and about with my family.
Visit Alice’s website – alicehemming.co.uk
Ginger Books edited by Alice
KERTU SILLASTE Author and Illustrator
Kertu lives in Tallinn, Estonia, with her husband and two sons. She teaches art to children in Estonian Children’s Literature Centre. Her pupils are the biggest inspiration for her books. Also, many of Kertu’s illustrations are influenced by her background as a textile designer. Kertu loves to dress the characters in her illustrations in bright and richly patterned costumes. As a child, Kertu read a lot. She learnt all her favourite illustrators’ names by heart. About eight years ago, she had a chance to illustrate her first book. Since then, Kertu has illustrated eleven titles. She enjoys working together with interesting authors and creating inspiring and bright illustrations.
Visit Kertu’s website – kertu.panwagen.ee
Ginger Books by Kertu
It’s Pancake Time! is Kertu’s first book as both an author and illustrator.
25 BEST DESIGNED ESTONIAN BOOKS OF 2014 for design and illustrations for Liis Sillaste-Toots´s Cookery Tips Black on White
5 BEST DESIGNED CHILDREN’S BOOKS OF 2014 – Special prize of the Jury for wonderful illustrations for design and illustrations of Kätlin Vainola’s Where is Love?
THE RAISIN OF THE YEAR 2015 – Kertu’s book Ei ole nii (It’s not like that!, Päike ja Pilv, 2015) won the prize awarded by Estonian Children’s Literature Centre for the most extraordinary children’s book of the year.