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Author and Illustrators’ Biographies

Gowan Calder

Gowan is an actress and playwright. Her plays include An Audience with the Lizard Lady and Backstage at the Pussykat-Klub (performed and toured throughout Britain), Days of War and Rosie (A Play, a Pie and A Pint, Glasgow), Mrs McCaulay is Carried Forward and Nude, Untitled (BBC Radio 4), Bang, Bang You’re Dead (Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 4) and Truth Conquers All (West Lothian Youth Theatre). She has also worked as a playwriting lecturer at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, and spent a year as writer-in-residence in HMP Glenochil. As an actor she has worked in theatre, radio, TV and film and performed in Europe, America, Asia and throughout the UK. Gowan lives by the sea near Edinburgh and has often been skint!


Metaphrog are Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers. Together, they have been creating comics, graphic novels and illustrations since 1996, gradually building a loyal following and receiving critical acclaim worldwide. John is from Scotland and studied science, gaining several degrees, including a PhD from Strathclyde University’s Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department in a branch of Opto-Electronics involving micromachining. Sandra is from France and has a degree in Arts and Letters. In 1994 she moved to Scotland. That same year, John returned from working in the Netherlands. Their meeting was a catalyst, and within a few months, they created Metaphrog. Their Louis series of graphic novels has received several prestigious award nominations, including three Eisner Award nominations: Best Graphic Album New, Best Title for a Younger Audience, and Best Coloring and an Ignatz Award nomination for Best New Talent. Louis - Night Salad was Highly Commended for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards.


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