Martin Coleman was born in Hastings, Sussex, and moved to Dorset with his family when he was eight years old. At twenty-one he became a Butlin's Redcoat at Minehead, Somerset, where he learned his craft as a professional host, and became the centre's resident compere for several years. He later opened three nightclubs as Entertainment Manager and went on to work in corporate events. Martin had always enjoyed creative writing and in 2011 he self-published the first of three humorous, rhyming story books for children. In 2014-2015 he was commissioned five times by a global charity to rewrite classic tales for children. His lifelong ambition was finally achieved in 2019 when The Wandering Wildebeest was officially published, followed two years later by Animalliteration, which he hopes will be enjoyed by children and grown-ups alike!
Jim Crawley is an illustrator and sculptor from Somerset. He attended DeMontfort University to study drama and theatre studies, taking time to build and paint sets. It was here that Jim revisited his love of drawing, painting and sculpting, and he now illustrates and sculpts full time from his studio at home. Along with his partner. Natalie, Jim is the owner of Fable Craft Studio.