Jill Paton Walsh
Jill Paton Walsh was born in London and was educated at Oxford. She currently lives in Cambridge where, with John Rowe Townsend, she runs a small specialist imprint, Green Bay Publications. She is the author of many award-winning books for children. She won the Book World Festival Award in 1970 for Fireweed; the Whitbread Prize in 1974 for The Emperor’s Winding Sheet; the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award in 1976 for Unleaving; the Universe Prize in 1984 for A Parcel of Patterns and the Smarties Prize Grand Prix in 1986 for Gaffer Samson’s Luck.