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Ros Asquith Children’s book author and illustrator, and cartoonist. She illustrated The Great Big Book of Families by Mary Hoffman, which depicts a diverse range of families, and has been followed by The Great Big Book of Feelings and Welcome to the Family.

Sarah Garland Creator of many picture books. Azzi in Between won the inaugural Little Rebels Children’s Book Award in 2013 and is the UK nomination for illustration to the IBBY Honour List 2014.

Candy Gourlay Children’s writer, photographer & filmmaker, originally from the Philippines. Her novels Tall Story and Shine have both won the Crystal Kite Award, given by the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Shine was longlisted for this year’s Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize.

Mary Hoffman Writer of over ninety books for children and teenagers.  They include the picture book series that began with Amazing Grace, The Colour of Home, the three books with Ros Asquith mentioned above and the Stravaganza series of fantasy novels.

Julia Hope Lecturer in Children's Literature on the PGCE Primary programme and the MA in Children’s Literature at Goldsmiths. Her specialisms are controversy in children's literature, the education of refugee children, and family learning.

Anna McQuinn Writer and publisher at Alanna Books and active campaigner for diversity in children’s books. Her popular picture books about Lulu and her family, which draw on Anna’s experience working in Surestart groups in London libraries, have been translated into many languages.

Beverley Naidoo grew up in South Africa under apartheid. After leaving university in Johannesburg she was detained without trial and later went into exile in Britain where she studied at the University of York, worked as a teacher, education adviser and writer. She received her PhD from the University of Southampton for research into white teenagers’ responses to literature and racism. Her first children’s book, Journey to Jo’burg, was banned in South Africa until 1991. She has won many awards, including the Carnegie Medal for The Other Side of Truth.

Richard O’Neill Professional storyteller and writer who works in schools, museums and libraries. Having learned from the very best traditional Romany and North Country storytellers, Richard blends the old and new producing and telling unique, exciting and original stories, workshops, books and plays for adults and children of all ages and key stages.

Alex Strick Co-founder of Inclusive Minds which campaigns for inclusion, diversity, equality and accessibility in children's literature, and of Outside In World, which promotes & explores world literature and children’s books in translation. Co-writer with Sean Stockdale of Max the Champion, illustrated by Ros Asquith.

In addition there will be a panel of speakers who attended the IBBY World Congress in Mexico in September.