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                     I decided as a pragmatic five-year-old that my Juvenile Arthritis

        would make running after baddies too hard so I abandoned my crime-fighting aspirations and decided I would be an "arthur" instead.

Eventually, I learnt to spell, and have a BA(Hons) in English Language and Literature

and an MA in Children’s Literature, both from the University of Reading.

I have written and directed several plays, co-written a radio soap opera, and am part of a comedy sketch writing team for BBC Radio Norfolk.

My short stories have had some competition success and my work appears in a number of anthologies.

Currently, I am making the final revisions of a fantasy adventure novel for the 8 to 12 age group, researching for the first of a series of books with a disabled protagonist aimed at young adults and planning a one act play to take to the Edinburgh festival.

Martin lives in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife and two young children.

He graduated from Wrexham University in Wales, where he studied children’s illustration, and he now divides his time between illustrating, acting and his family.

JANIE MARTIN - Author MARTIN TIDY - Illustrator WHO    ARE      WE?