Liz Hyder is a writer and creative workshop leader. She has been part of Writing West Midlands’s Room 204 writer development programme since 2016. In early 2018, she won The Bridge Award/Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award. Bearmouth is her first novel. Named The Times Children's Book of the Year in 2019, Bearmouth was the Waterstones Children's Book for Older Readers 2020 and the winner of the Branford Boase Award 2020. It has also been shortlisted for the UKLA Awards and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021. Originally from London, she now lives in South Shropshire in a small medieval market town surrounded by hills, books and plants.