2014/15 Mentors

Debi Gliori

Debi Gliori lives in Scotland. Debi is well known for both her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award (twice) and the Scottish Arts Council Award.  Debi was the Shetland Islands’ first Children’s Writer-in-Residence. She published her first book in 1990 and since then has published so many successful books that she has lost count. She has written and illustrated No Matter What, The Trouble With Dragons, Stormy WeatherThe Scariest Thing of All and, most recently What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? for Bloomsbury. www.debiglioribooks.com




Cate James

Cate James moved to Edinburgh in 1992 to study Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and has been living and drawing in the city ever since. Cate has worked on 12 illustrated books, as well as being long-term Illustrator in Residence at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, and in-house designer for Paper Tiger. Cate is usually in the swimming pool, gym or her bright green studio, and loves rabbits a lot. www.catejames.com




Mick Manning & Brita Granström

Mick Manning and Brita Granström have been making award-winning children’s books, as a double-act, for twenty years. Most recently they won the English Association Award 2014 with Charlie’s War Illustrated and have been shortlisted for both the 2013 and 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, the largest children’s literature prize in the world. Other recent books include The Beatles and Nature Adventures. In addition to their collaborative book-work, Brita is an established painter in her own right and Mick exhibits prints with both St Judes Prints and Godfrey and Watt. www.mickandbrita.com



Natalie Russell

Natalie Russell teaches Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and writes and illustrates picture books in her studio in Broughty Ferry.  A day in the life . . . get up, breakfast, little boy to nursery and a large coffee to go, ‘Please!’ Then, off to the studio for another episode . . . will Tapir find what he was looking for? Will Fox and Bird ever see eye to eye? Hmmmmm . . . how exciting!  www.natalierussell.co.uk




Nick Sharratt

Nick Sharratt lives in Edinburgh and is the illustrator of over 250 children’s books, including the award-winning picture books You Choose, Pants, Eat Your Peas and The Foggy Foggy Forest. He has also illustrated Jacqueline Wilson’s phenomenally successful novels for nearly a quarter of a century. He has been received quite a few awards for his work, including two quaichs and a gold Blue Peter badge. www.nicksharratt.com