Rosemary Bevis, coauthor of Chantez Plus Fort works as an independent MFL adviser specializing in Early Language Learning and is a CILT Associate Trainer. She has taught languages to all ages and has been passionate about Primary Languages throughout her career. Her motto is, "If it isn't fun it shouldn't be done!"
Rosemary has worked as a primary languages project coordinator and was involved in various aspects of the ELL initiative, including acting as consultant to the QCA guidelines and contributing to the Best Practice Guide. Her publications include various resources and she was the creator of the BBC Primary French website.
Roy Purnell is one of the authors of the Brilliant Support Activities science books. Titles include: Understanding Physical Processes, Understanding Living Things and Understanding Materials.
After a successful career in corporate PR & marketing, including driving the profitable launch of a B2C US Corporation in the UK, Sally took time away from her career to raise her family.
With a passion for cooking combined with the belief that young children can achieve and learn so much more from cooking than parents realise (her two young daughters at the time were clear evidence), Sally launched The Purple Kitchen Company in 2000. Committed to building an authentic business, Sally welcomed Kate Morris to the company and focused on delivering innovative cooking classes for children from the age of 2.
Sally is married with two teenage daughters. Her parents were caterers and food retailers.
The Purple Kitchen has devised innovative, simple methods of preparing healthy dishes that very young children can do together with an adult and which promotes a healthy, broad diet and positive attitudes to food and meals. This is currently delivered through weekly classes to pre-school children and their carer, as well as curriculum support for Food Technology in KS1 and KS2.
Sally and Kate’s ambitions and aspirations for the business laid beyond the classroom and in 2008 they beat over 1,000 other ideas to win a commission with BBC’s CBeebies channel for the education zone for ‘I Can Cook’. This week day series now runs to 4 series making a total of 104 episodes.
As well as developing the ‘I Can Cook’ brand, including two books and a retail cook range with Lakeland, The Purple Kitchen has established a regular contribution to Nursery World magazine, developed recipes for Le Creuset and were engaged by Buckinghamshire and Wiltshire County Council and to deliver an original food training programme to those working with families with children teachers in the early years.
Sandra has been a teacher since 1996. She started out as an ESOL teacher in the UK, Denmark and Portugal, went on to become a primary school teacher and then a teacher in a special needs school. She now teaches at an independent school in Denmark.
When she is not teaching, she is occupied by a very busy toddler, a whippet who, in contrast, prefers to lounge in front of the fire, 2 hens who roam in the garden and a husband who claims to be at the bottom of the house pecking order.
Sheila Blackburn is the author of Sam's Football Series and the Stewie Scraps books. She aims to write stories that make children feel successful and that are fun to read! In 2008 she won the children's section of the Cheshire Prize for Literature.
She has been a classroom teacher for over 25 years, working mainly with 5-11 year olds. Sheila is particularly interested in helping children to become lifelong readers. Having been a Special Needs Co-ordinator for over 10 years, she is familiar with the reading problems that some children encounter and the concerns of parents.
Sheila's hobbies include writing and floristry, gardening and walking, and she is mad about dogs, ducks and anything to do with nature.
Read a recent interview (12/4/17) Sheila gave to InkPantry - Inky Interview: Author Sheila May Blackburn
Stan Barrett is a former Head of Music and Drama and the author of four books on teaching drama. He now works as a broadcaster and is the writer of many plays and musicals for young people.
Stan contributed two plays to Fun with Plays.
Born in 1963 in Versailles, France, Stéphane graduated in English studies then left for the States, England and Australia where he worked as a French teacher, bookseller, radio announcer, singer in a jazz band, actor with the Melbourne French Theatre, founder of MusicFest (Fête de ma Musique in Australia). Stéphane created ABC MELODY Productions in Sydney in 1999 and came back home to Paris in 2006 to launch ABC MELODY Éditions in the Marais district.
Sue Finnie co-authored 12 Petites Pièces à Jouer with Danièle Bourdais. They have also written books for many other UK educational publishers.
Sue has many years of experience in the fields of education and publishing, particularly devising language learning resources. She has always been a keen language learner and lived in England, Scotland, France and Italy. this has made her feel that cultural awareness is an integral part of speaking a language well and she tries to reflect this in all the work she does.
Over the years she has worked for many large and not so large organisations including the BBC, Oxford University Press and Nelson Thornes. As well as traditional course books and printed resources for all age-groups, she has worked as an author and consultant on TV and radio series, on interactive whiteboard resources, online games and apps.
Her aim as a resource writer is always to make language learning memorable.
Sue Lloyd (now Liderth), teacher and author, believes that music is wonderful! She loves listening to it (from punk to Bach), playing the drums, singing (reasonably well) and playing the guitar (badly). She prefers cycling to motoring, eating to cooking, and radio to television. Psychology and spirituality fascinate her, and she dabbles with paintbrush and paints, drama and gardening.