Our Creators

Meet our current roaster of Epic Authors and Illustrators.

Epic Authors

Chip Colquhoun

Chip began storytelling professionally in 2007. He’s since performed in 10 countries, presented Traditional Tales for the Oxford Reading Tree online, performed regularly at Glastonbury Festival, and represented the Roald Dahl Story Museum on ITV. He also wrote the EU’s guidance on using storytelling in schools. He lives in the former Cambridgeshire residence of Samuel Pepys, England’s most famous diarist, with his wife Emma and kittens Tito and Pippa.

Rob Small

Rob has worked in schools in Milton Keynes and North Buckinghamshire for 11 years. He has taught across Key Stages 1 and 2, as well as spending some time in EYFS. Currently he works in a small village school as a class teacher and Literacy lead. Promoting a love of literacy and reading is one of his key aims – and, with enthusiastic lessons and an exciting range of texts, he makes this happen. Rob has worked with other teachers, authors and booksellers to help children to grow their love of reading.

Amy Scott Robinson

Amy began storytelling professionally in 2007, and was soon presenting Traditional Tales for the Oxford Reading Tree online. She creates scripts and resources for a variety of church organisations and publishers, and is author of the Gladstone the Gargoyle trilogy as well as The Adventuring Girls series. When she’s not writing, storytelling, or ventriloquising, she’s enjoying time with her husband Tiffer and their two children in Suffolk.

Janina Vigurs

Janina Vigurs (rhymes with “ya seen a tiger’s”) is a professional oral storyteller and play maker. She quite often works in schools, nurseries, festivals, and private parties, and once commandeered a Shetland pony stable (it was snug). She lives in Essex with her husband Leaf (who works as a gardener – how nominatively deterministic is that!) and daughter Alice.

Helen Simpson

Helen has been a teacher for 13 years, working mainly across the EYFS and KS1 age ranges. She enjoys teaching through drama and storytelling, which led her to meet Chip and start working with him to help teachers to use more stories in their classrooms. Her favourite things in school are stories, maps, Mantle of the Expert, teaching outdoors, and of course literacy.
She has been the English lead at her last two schools and has an interest in early reading and writing, helping children to love books from the very start.

Pauline Cordiner

Pauline is a storyteller from the fishing and farming traditions of North East Scotland. Since 2001, she’s been involved in many storytelling events and projects which allowed her to build on her enthusiasm for science, history, and the environment. She was privileged to learn traditional Scottish stories and ‘bothy ballads’ from Stanley Robertson, and loves sharing them on with schools, care homes, special needs groups, festivals, castles… anywhere there is an audience! Find her at paulinecordiner.co.uk

Rebekah Owen

During her 20 years at Cambridgeshire’s Little Paxton Primary School, Rebekah has held various roles, and is currently Deputy Head. She has taught classes throughout the primary age range, but her first passion is always ensuring that her learners receive a rich and varied reading diet. Her second passion is in supporting both trainee teachers and various members of staff through the various stages of their careers, and she has been a trainer with the Cambridge Training School Network’s School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme since its inception.

Epic Illustrators

Ellie Bentley

Ellie is based Suffolk. She is a writer and illustrator, mainly creating picture books for children. She keeps a website (www.thisstorygarden.com), which includes colouring and activities for 3–5 year olds. She has previously worked with Chip Colquhoun on some of the illustrations for his book Cambridgeshire Folk Tales for Children.

Dave Hingley

Dave has always loved drawing and comic books. Since studying animation at the University of South Wales, Dave has worked in and around animation for the last eighteen years. He has illustrated several books of history and folklore for children, as well as many exciting comic books such as his solo work Space Crash.

Korky Paul

Korky began his career scribbling for an advertising agency in Cape Town. His first illustration job was a book teaching English, then a pop-up called The Crocodile and the Dumper Truck – but it was his work on Winnie the Witch that won the Children’s Book Award in 1987 and made him a much-loved figure in the world of children’s books. He’s since illustrated for Oxford University Press, Penguin, Random House, and others. He lives in Oxford with his wife Susan.

Mario Coelho

Mario was born on the Brazilian island of Florianopolis. He worked as an artist and designer in the textile industry before moving to England in 1985. After completing a course in children’s book illustration run by Korky Paul, Mario began receiving several commissions, starting with an edition of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost published by Oxford University Press. For more examples of his work, or to commission him yourself, visit mariocoelho.co.uk

Heather Zeta Rose

Heather is an artist from Kent who likes to paint flowers and plants using a range of mediums including watercolour, acrylic, and oil paints. You can find more of her stunning work at etsy.com/uk/shop/ZetaRoseArt

Erica Terry-Rose

Erica developed her passion for art alongside her love of Tim Burton. Having illustrated children’s books, designed jewellery, and produced creative support materials for schools, she then gained a degree in Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring from Canterbury Christ Church University, and now works with the Kent Enablement Recovery Services to support individuals with their mental health. But she’ll never stop drawing and writing.