Oliver Fordham was a primary school teacher for twenty-five years, with the final six spent as a headteacher. In 2013, he went into semi-retirement. He has published various resources using his pen name, Conway Coulter. These have included: a songbook and CD, Songs for School Citizens; a musical play, Dick Whittington and the Banking Crisis; and his very popular spelling scheme, Fred the Flea. Since leaving the world of education, he has tried his hand as a tree surgeon, a furniture restorer, a driving instructor and, most recently, as a cake fulfilment operative. The Curious Tales of Alfred the Great Thinker is his debut in children's fiction. He lives in Ashby de la Zouch.
Since graduating from Falmouth School of Art in 1993, Russ Daff has enjoyed a varied career. For eight years he worked on numerous projects in the computer games industry, producing titles for Sony PlayStation and PC formats. Designing a wide range of characters and environments, he developed a strong sense of visual impact. From 2004, he has concentrated on his illustration and cartooning. His artwork has been used for books, magazines, posters, e-cards and exhibition stands. He is also the creator of the popular Mini Myths digital comic series. He lives in Cambridge.