Children’s writer, illustrator and academic
Wendy grew up in a little seaside town called Aberystwyth. After getting her PhD, she went to teach English Literature at Oxford University, and now teaches creative writing at the University of Exeter. Her debut children’s book, A Hen in the Wardrobe, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for ‘Outstanding First Novel’, selected as one of The Guardian’s ‘Best 50 diverse Children’s Books since the 1950s’ and won the John C Laurence Award for ‘improving relations between the races’. Wendy has gone on to become an internationally best-selling children’s writer, with books translated into 18 languages and featured on CBBC Newsround, Cbeebies Bedtime Story and BBC Woman’s Hour. Earlier this year, Wendy was awarded the Margaret Wise Brown Prize for Literature, and one of her latest picture books, Lubna and Pebble (illustrated by Daniel Egneus), was selected by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best 10 Books of the Year’.
If you like Wendy’s stories, look out for forthcoming picture books: Tibble and Grandpa, Tisha and the Blossom and Howard the Average Gecko, all due out soon.