Samantha van Riet


My name is Samantha van Riet. I’ve been illustrating children’s books for over twenty years, working in both traditional and digital media on national and international projects, collaborating with South African, American, British and Swedish clients among others. My books include the bestselling non-fiction title Roots, Shoots and Muddy Boots, the poetry and story collection What I Did on My Holiday and my own picture book The Great Adventure, to be published by Penguin Random House in 2020, and Arnold goes to Africa by Bookmark, Sweden.

Have a look at my illustration portfolio here.


Alan Durant

My name is Alan Durant and I’m the award-winning author of over one hundred books for children – from picture book to young adult thrillers (my most recent picture book Quill Soup was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and my most recent Middle Grade novel Clownfish was nominated for the Carnegie Medal). I’ve been running regular courses on writing for children in England, France and South Africa for The Guardian, Penguin Random House and my own too for several years. They’ve been very successful, but, of course, there are many people who haven’t been able to attend for geographical reasons. So, I’ve devised an online course that anyone anywhere can participate in!

Find out more about my books and events here.