- Annahita de la Mare, Author -
Annahita de la Mare is a half Iranian half Welsh life-long lover of stories. Her glasses are testament to a childhood spent reading at night by torchlight under the blanket. As an adult, she’s still up reading after bedtime, just without the torch.
Annahita grew up in England but now lives in Switzerland with her husband and two daughters. The whole family love the great outdoors, and are often to be found grilling lunch over an open fire in the mountains or splashing around in the beautiful lakes and rivers. With a four and a six year old, neither activity is as tranquil as it sounds.
Frustrated with the gender bias and lack of colour in the children’s books churned out by publishing companies today, she decided to be as brave as the girls in her stories, and start an adventure of her own. The Start of Something Big is her first book.
- Jennifer Kirkham, Illustrator -
Jennifer Kirkham is a British freelance Illustrator and graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. She credits her love of drawing to the portion of her childhood spent in East Africa, where the local wildlife provided endless inspiration and artistic challenges.
Now based in the North East of England, Jennifer shares a studio with her cat Heath and dog Scout. She works with a mixture of digital and traditional tools, and gets through an awful lot of podcasts.