Alan MacDonald started his working life in a travelling theatre company. In addition to writing and directing plays, Alan trained as a drama teacher. He has written stories and dramas for the BBC (both television and radio), as well as many children's books. Alan lives in Nottingham. Mark Beech completed an art foundation course and a degree in textile design, working subsequently as a fabric designer then as a milliner. Mark has since returned to his roots to become a successful illustrator. Mark lives in London.