Authors and Illustrators

Use this section of the site to access short films of the writers and illustrators who have been involved in the Power of Pictures project, in which their creative practices are brought to life.

These site-specific films have been devised in close collaboration with the writers and illustrators, and filmed in their workspace or studio so that teachers and pupils can learn more about each author, their books and their illustration and writing processes, to inspire children's own creative work.

The films form the centrepiece of the Power of Pictures website, and are designed to be used alongside the associated teaching sequences, which show teachers how to use books from all the featured artists throughout the primary age range to inspire children's independent creative writing.

Benji Davies is an illustrator, author and animation director. 

Alexis Deacon is an award-winning illustrator and writer whose works include I am Henry Finch and Beegu.

Mini is an award-winning writer and illustrator. She is well known for her three Traction Man books and her books such as Biscuit Bear and The Pea and the Princess. 

Chris Haughton is an Irish award-winning illustrator, author and designer living in London.

Tim Hopgood

Tim Hopgood is an award-winning picturebook author and illustrator.

Emily Hughes

Emily Hughes was born in Hawaii, USA but lives and works in the United Kingdom and is an artist and illustrator.

Richard Jones has worked for more than twenty years in the creative arts.

David Lucas is an illustrator and has written and illustrated over 14 picture books.


Tom McLaughlin is an author, illustrator and former political cartoonist.

Viviane Schwarz was born in Germany has been successfully producing picture books since 2001, both as an author and illustrator, and her work has been shortlisted for a number of awards'

Joe Todd Stanton is an author and illustrator whose books include Arthur and the Golden Rope.

Ed Vere writes and illustrates picture books, which are published worldwide.