Mick Manning MA (RCA), FEA, FBC is an artist and writer who grew up in Haworth and was educated in Keighley before attending Bradford College of Art. His latest book is Near the Bear, North. Manning has a back catalogue of over 80 books for children (jointly illustrated with his partner Brita Granström). These include: The Brontes: Children of the Moors and The Wordsworths. His awards include five English Association Awards and two nominations for the world’s biggest children’s literary award, the ALMA.