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!
Tim Slater has worked as an illustrator since graduating in 2003 with a degree in Illustration and Visual Communication at Loughborough University. Immediately following graduation, keen to develop his digital skills, Tim trained at City College Manchester for two years, after which he worked as a technician. Over the years Tim has carried out a range of work, including illustrations for children's books, has commissioned portraits, and designed packaging for children's board games. Tim has a keen interest in characters, as is evident in his work. He continuously works on further advancing his skills through courses online and workshops, and recently attended Stephen Silver's Character Design Workshop in Manchester.