13-14 Nov 2010
The Stripe Complex
King Alfred Campus
University of Winchester
Lucy Coats was brought up in Hampshire on a wild strawberry farm, overrun by dogs, pheasants, and wildlife. She also had a pet bantam which rode to school on the back of the car seat. After surviving a boarding school education and a Scottish university degree course in English and Ancient History, Lucy started work as a publisher's editor, latterly working in New York. She married Richard in 1989, and jumped over the fence from publishing to seek out greener writing pastures (and to have babies). Her first picture book was published in 1992 and in 2004 she was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award.
Lucy has now written many more children's books, including the Greek Beasts and Heroes series, and she also blogs at Scribble City Central, which has just been shortlisted for the Author Blog Awards 2010. She lives with her husband deep in the Northamptonshire countryside, surrounded by cows, sheep, horses, owls, foxes, three lunatic dogs, two wonderful children and a large and demanding garden.
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