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Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith served in the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War, and afterwards spent twenty years as a farmer in Gloucestershire, the county of his birth. Many of his stories are inspired by his farming experiences. Later he taught at a village primary school. His first book, The Fox Busters, was published in 1978. He wrote a great number of children’s books, including The Sheep-Pig (winner of the Guardian Award and filmed as Babe), Harry’s Mad, Noah’s Brother, The Queen’s Nose, Martin’s Mice, Ace, The Cuckoo Child and Harriet’s Hare (winner of the Children’s Book Award in 1995). At the British Book Awards in 1991 he was voted Children’s Author of the Year. In 2009 he was made an OBE for services to children’s literature. Dick King-Smith died in 2011 at the age of eighty-eight. Discover more about Dick King-Smith at: dickkingsmith.com
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Josie Rogers

Josie Rogers is the great granddaughter of Dick King-Smith. She was born in London but moved to the west coast of Scotland aged nine and has pretty much been there ever since. After a period working in France, she studied English literature and creative writing at the University of Glasgow.
As a child, Josie much preferred books to pets and people. Now, though, her favourite activities involve her family and their dogs. She writes prose and poetry, some of which has been published in various anthologies. When she isn't writing or reading, she's generally making something, like bread or a silly joke. She currently works as an editor in Glasgow.
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