This is the list of our awesome judges:
Arabella enjoys a prominent reputation as a public speaker, fundraiser, and has recently been awarded winner of the Oman Masterpiece 2021. She was listed as one of BBC’s Top 100 Women and Salt Magazine’s 100 Most Inspiring Women. Her humanitarian work has been profiled across national and international television, radio and print, including New York Times, BBC, CNN, Aljizeera, Radio 4, BBC World Service, and featured on the front cover of The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times Magazine.
Winner of the Global Mosaic Award 2019, and shortlisted for the Arts & Christianity Awards 2019, Arabella’s installations Flight and Suspended have been globally acclaimed in raising awareness about the consequences of war and the forced displacement of people. First premiered in St James’s Church Piccadilly, Suspended toured the UK, and was most notably hung in Canterbury and Leicester cathedrals (2017/18). Suspended is now on exhibit in Thomas’s School Battersea, London.
Kubra Aliyeva is a 32 years old artist and Social psychologist born in Baku, Azerbaijan. Kubra studied Social and Cultural psychology at LSE. Throughout her life she has been passionate about art and painting in particular. She was taught by great Azerbaijani and British artists and had 3 years of education at London Fine Art Studios. Kubra’s focus is a figurative art. Her works are mostly in oil. She is always aspiring to evolve her skills as well as looking for new sources of inspiration.
Svetlana is a professional artist and educator with a BA degree in art from St.Petersburg Russia and PGSE teaching qualification in the UK. Having 20 years experience of teaching children in Russian Art Schools, Primary and Secondary art departments in England she has developed her own program of study, where she uses the best methods of 2 countries. Svetlana has organised and taken part in “Take one picture” The national gallery, London 2008; “Russian folklore through children eyes “, Hall Place and gardens, Bexley, Kent 2010; “Second World War in Bexley”, Hall place and gardens, Bexley, Kent, 2011; “Paralympic heritage”, Hall place and garden, Bexley, Kent 2012, and many others.
Contemporary British artist Naila Hazell was born in 1981 and grew up in Baku, Azerbaijan. She was taught by renowned Soviet social realism painter Boyukagha Mirzezade while studying fine arts and getting her MA at the Azerbaijani Fine Arts Academy. A figurative artist, working mainly in oil, she's also expanding her practices with different media for some of her future conceptual art projects. Hazell has had numerous solo and group shows in Baku and now, with her studio based in West London, she is continuing her work and exhibiting in the UK.
Robin Stevens is the bestselling and award-winning author of the Murder Most Unladylike series. She was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived.
When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be Agatha Christie when she grew up. She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she’d get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn’t). She went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then worked at a children's publisher.
Robin is now a full-time author, and lives in Oxford with her family. Her latest book is the Ministry of Unladylike Activity.
Growing up, Dan Smith led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the paddy fields of South East Asia and the jungles of Brazil. The third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories.
Dan has written several novels for younger readers, including Nisha’s War, She Wolf, and My Friend the Enemy. Dan is also the author of the sci-fi horror adventures The Crooked Oak Mysteries.
Lucy Strange is an award-winning children’s author who lives in the heart of the Kent countryside. Lucy’s critically acclaimed books capture elements of classic children’s literature in a style that is engaging and accessible for today’s younger readers. Often inspired by folklore and fairy tales, Lucy combines historical settings with touches of magic and fantasy to create utterly convincing worlds in which anything might happen.
Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood running wild across the moors, hiding in tree houses and building dens in the woods. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as an English teacher in Tanzania, Berkshire and London. She is the bestselling and multi-award shortlisted author of Saving Neverland, The Unmapped Chronicles (Everdark, Rumblestar, Jungledrop, The Crackledawn Dragon), Sky Song, The Dreamsnatcher trilogy and, for younger readers, The Snow Dragon and The Frost Goblin. When she's not writing Abi volunteers for Beanstalk, speaks in schools and travels the world looking for her next story. Her latest adventures include living with the Kazakh Eagle Hunters in Mongolia and dog-sledding across the Arctic.