If you look carefully, you'll see that my books all tend to be about migrants. In Varjak Paw, Varjak's family came from Mesopotamia; in Phoenix, Bixa's family are refugees from a war. I wrote more about my background and how it shaped my writing in this Guardian article.
Today, February 20 2017, One Day Without Us asks us to celebrate contributions made to the UK by migrants and people descended from migrants. So today, I'd like to celebrate British children's writers and illustrators who came from migrant backgrounds. It's an incomplete list – but look how many wonderful books it includes. How different would British childhood be without their contributions?