About Us

An award winning team of book creatives. Experienced in making picture books and fiction through to non fiction.
We include illustrators, designers and editors, based in Hull, Manchester, London, UK and Berlin, Germany.


Maisie Paradise Shearring is an international award winning and published illustrator. In 2015, Maisie received the Bologna International Illustrators Award in recognition for her graphic novel, Susan's School Days. Her first picturebook, The Happy Prince has been nominated for the 2017 Bratislava Biennial of Illustration. Maisie has a broad portfolio of work. Maisie's books include, I'm Actually Really Grown-Up Now and Anna & Otis, both published by Two Hoots Books. Maisie has also recently illustrated, The Boy Who Loved Everyone, a picture book story written by Jane Porter and published by Walker Books. Maisie is also a lecturer on the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art. 

Ness Wood is an award-winning book designer and art director and she has worked for many major publishers. She teaches publishing at University of Central Lancashire and has taught on the Illustration MA course at Goldsmiths, University of London and Design History at the University of Brighton. Her wide-ranging accomplishments in practical design plus as a published author with qualifications in design history serve as a solid foundation for all her work. She is known for her encouraging, straight-forward and collaborative approach with illustrators and students. In 2018 Ness and Pam Smy were the winners of the British Design and production Awards in the Graphic Novel Category 2018.

Associate for editorial feedback and consultations on book contracts/offers

Alice Corrie is an editor, specialising in picture books and heavily-illustrated fiction, with eighteen years' experience. She has worked with many amazing and creative people and learned a broad range of skills from nurturing writing and illustration talent right through to contract negotiation and publishing strategy. She began her career at Random House Children's books (now Penguin Random House) and since 2010 has been a freelance editor, writer and project manager, working with many clients, including David Fickling Books, Egmont, Templar and Ivy Kids as well as private clients. 


Tony Lee is an experienced administrator having worked extensively in the academic and arts sectors. He spent over ten years with the University of Manchester as a programme administrator in various Faculties, including Humanities, Health and Engineering. He previously worked in the arts industry, managing box offices in both the subsidised and commercial sectors, including London’s West End. For the last ten years he has been independently researching the history of the television programme, This Is Your Life.

Our Clients

We have worked with a broad range of national and international publishers. Our teaching experience includes work at universities, galleries and a wide variety of book events.

Our clients include...

Penguin Random House
David Fickling Books
Faber & Faber
Tate Publishing
Cambridge School of Art Summer School  
University of Brighton
University of Creative Arts
Bologna Book Fair Judge 
Cambridge School of Art Bologna Stand
The British Council
Two Hoots
Walker Books
Thames and Hudson
National Gallery of Scotland
Bologna Children’s Book Fair
Mimaster Illustration Course
Grupo SM
Sarbacane Editions
House of Illustration
Usbourne Publishing


Maisie Paradise Shearring

Not only is Maisie the most phenomenally talented illustrator and author, she's also truly fantastic to work with. In addition to her calm, clear-thinking approach to creativity she has an open-mindedness and a gift for empathy that make collaborating with her an immensely productive and hugely enjoyable experience.
Nick Sharratt, Author-Illustrator
I have always loved Maisie’s art, and actually being able to work with her has been a real dream. She is full of great ideas and makes the project a true collaboration. Maisie is a wonder at finding innovative solutions to all the challenges that arise. She’s brilliantly creative and has a talent with real integrity- it’s a true pleasure. Sharon King-Chai, Designer, Two Hoots, an imprint of Pan Macmillan
I represented Maisie as her literary agent and she is a delight to work with: professional, creative, passionate and highly skilled. She has a terrific understanding of what makes a good picture book, and experience of both interpreting a text by another author and writing wonderful stories herself. Maisie is certainly the sort of person I’d like to learn from! Helen Mackenzie Smith, Publisher, Simon & Schuster


I've worked with Ness Wood for over 20 years and hand on heart I can say that she is one of the most original designers of striking images in the world of UK book design. Ness has the ability to see the design whole and sometimes almost immediately. This means that beautiful design seems to manifest from nowhere, she is astonishing and even more, she is able to spot design and young artistic talent, crucially, before it has flowered. DFB is very lucky to be working with Ness Wood.
David Fickling, Publisher
Ness Wood is one of the most talented and creative designers I have ever worked with. Her contribution to my Alfie books in particular has been invaluable. Her suggestions are never obtrusive, but her aesthetic grasp on the way a picture book works, and how it impacts on the very young reader, is impeccable.
Shirley Hughes, Author-Illustrator

Ness was a guest on Woman's Hour 2017 with Shirley Hughes as guest editor
There is a young woman called Wood
Who works longer hours than she should
To transform my crude scribblings,
and scrawlings and dribblings
And leave them somehow looking good.
Dave Shelton, Author-Illustrator
Ness has fabulous creative flair and imagination. She brings the knowledge of a true connoisseur of design history, combined with a wonderful attention to detail, to her work. The Dixie O'Day series has been much admired for their striking look and retro charm. Nothing is too much trouble: she is supportive and generous, always going the extra mile to produce exquisite and stylish books.
Clara Vulliamy, Author-Illustrator


I have worked with Alice Corrie now on two books. Two of the best I’ve ever done. She has, in my view, a unique insight, knowledge and understanding of how to make a story into a great book, a sensitive editor, a keen eye for detail, with a real feel for illustration and design. She’s a person I very soon realised I could rely on. A true publisher and a great collaborator.
Michael Morpurgo, Author

Working with Alice Corrie - even over Skype! - is brilliant. She was my editor for The New Neighbours picture book, and she had good ideas and a keen eye for detail. She let me stick to my original intention for the project, but helped me do it that much better.
Sarah McIntyre, Author and Illustrator

Alice is a wonderful editor and joy to work with. With a lightness of touch she offers encouraging guidance and at the same time all the creative freedom, the perfect balance. Your words are in safe hands!
Polly Dunbar, Author and Illustrator

I recently worked with Alice Corrie on my first children's novel and found it a wholly enjoyable experience. She has the perfect balance of sympathetic encouragement and astute judgment, and with her guidance I was able to take an overlong and rather rambling narrative and craft it into a tightly plotted, fast paced story. She helped me give depth and emotion to my heroine and to fine-tune the wickedness of my villains.
Chris Wormell, Author and Illustrator

Even after twenty years illustrating and writing gags for the Horrible Histories series I still didn’t know much about the children’s book world I worked in. So when I branched out with my own Lesser Spotted Animals books I had no idea whether they were good, bad or indifferent - or if there was any place for them in a crowded and complicated market. Alice Corrie was not only my editor, she was also my advisor, coach and cheerleader. Her guidance was invaluable and her encouragement was honest. And it was just good to know I’d be working with someone who has also worked with some of the most talented people in the industry. Martin Brown, Author and Illustrator

It was so wonderful to work with Alice on my first picture book. She is such a talented editor; her guidance and ideas nurtured my little story into a fully-formed book ready for publication! Her feedback is always so detailed and perceptive, pinpointing areas for development in my narrative and suggesting interesting directions the story could take. Her supportive and thoughtful approach helped me grow into a more confident writer, and develop skills which I've taken forward into my current practice. Sophie Burrows, Author and Illustrator