Children's novelist
Anna Branford was born in 1975 on the Isle of Man and spent her childhood in Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Australia. She has lived most of her adult life in Melbourne studying, nannying, working in crèches and making dolls.

The first book in her series, Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot, received a CBCA Honour award in 2011 and has since been followed by five more titles, the most recent being Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest, published in 2013. The Violet series has been published by Walker Books Australia, Walker Books UK and Atheneum (Simon & Schuster) in the USA.