Kate worked for a development charity before training as a primary teacher. She taught in London schools for 9 years before writing the Vlad picture books.

She is now writing more Vlad stories and visits schools and libraries (often dressed in a kirtle) to run sessions for primary children.

If you want to find out more about the school sessions visit click here or contact Kate at readingriddle@gmail.com

Kate is a member of the Society of Authors, the National Association of Writers in Education and has a full DBS check.


Sam illustrates the Vlad books with his incredibly detailed images. He graduated from Gloucestershire University. He produced the murals for the Family Corner in the Florence Nightingale Museum and images for The Carpenter’s Tale and The Scaffolder’s Tale in The National Archives graphic arts project e-book, Chronicles of the Dissolution – piety, plunder and protest which is available here. Find more of Sam’s work and how to contact him directly on his website www.samcunninghamart.com