Irma Gold is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has been widely published in Australia. Her debut short-fiction collection won both a national award and widespread critical acclaim. Irma was formerly based in England and now lives in Canberra, Australia, with her husband and three children. Craig Phillips (not the Liverpudlian builder who in 2000 won the first Big Brother) is a freelance illustrator who has created poster art for numerous high-profile rock groups, including The Hives and The Foo Fighters. His work has featured prominently in numerous rock-art publications, while Megumi and the Bear is the first title he has illustrated for Walker. He lives in New Zealand.