Patrick Ryan has worked as a teacher and professional storyteller for over twenty years. Now based in London, he regularly tours Britain, Europe and the US performing, lecturing and conducting a variety of workshops. Patrick has written for the BBC and has also actively participated in several major storytelling projects, among them 'Living Stories of the World', a multi-cultural workshop for primary children in inner and outer London. James Mayhew graduated from Maidstone College of Art with a first class honours degree in illustration. He has created many acclaimed picture books for children, and in 1994 received the New York Times award for one of the year's ten best-illustrated books with The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams. This is James' second title for Barefoot Books, joining The Barefoot Book of Stories from the Opera (1999).