Barrie has had a long and successful career in education, first as an English teacher, then as Professor of Education in English at the University of Birmingham, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is also a published author of over 150 books and a tireless fundraiser and supporter of the charity Mencap and governor of the Mencap College in the UK. Barrie encourages young writers around the country in his numerous author visits and writing workshops. He has published a huge variety of poems, stories and non-fiction. Julie Monks is an exciting new illustrator in the world of children's books. Her first book, The Housekinders won the silver medal in The Best of British Children's Illustration. She has her own range of greetings cards.