About the author and illustrator

Julie Bertagna, author

Julie BertagnaRead our Q&A with Julie Bertagna on writing the John Muir Graphic Novel

Julie Bertagna has written many acclaimed books and short stories for children and young adults and has been published in over 20 countries around the world. Her award-winning EXODUS trilogy (‘brilliantly imagined stories of love and survival, set in a frighteningly realistic future’) also won a Friends of the Earth Eco Prize for Creativity and a Santa Monica Green Prize for Literature. Five of her young adult novels have been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Prize and other major shortlists, such as the Whitbread
Children’s Book of the Year and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Scottish awards include the Children’s Book of the Year and the Catalyst Book Prize. A book for younger readers, The Ice Cream Machine, was made into a TV series for Channel Five, with a version by the Gaelic Broadcasting Committee.

Julie is currently travelling through space and time on a new writing adventure in a future world, while being Mentor for Scottish Book Trust’s Young Writer Awards.

Find out more on Julie’s website plus Earthspace (her environmental resource blog), Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.


William Goldsmith, illustrator

William GoldsmithWatch our video of William Goldsmith showing how he drew the John Muir Graphic Novel

William Goldsmith is an illustrator based in Glasgow. He is currently working on his second graphic novel, to be published by Jonathan Cape & Random House in 2015. His first graphic novel published by Jonathan Cape & Random House, Vignettes of Ystov, concerns the interlocking lives of the inhabitants of ‘Ystov’ – an Eastern European city of the imagination.

Reviews of Vignettes of Ystov appeared in The Times, Time Out, and Guardian online among others, and it was nominated for a Newton First Book Award at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

To find out more about William and to see a vast array of his other pieces of art work and publications visit his website.