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Jayne Kirkham - Writer & Producer

Jayne took up writing at the age of three with a blue crayon on the wall of a front porch. It is still her favourite style. Jayne has spent much of her life working with children and young people, but started writing professionally in 2000. Her work has since been broadcast on Radio 4, CBBC, screened at Edinburgh Film Festival and BIFA nominated. She is currently writing “Fei”, an animated feature film for Peach Blossom Media, in the far east, and teaches at the Northern Film School. When not writing and producing Brown & Sticky things, Jayne can be found with young people messing about in kayaks or up mountains - sometimes at the same time.
Sarah Bird - Director & Animator
Sarah's love of animation started at the age of five whilst watching a whole host of Ray Harryhausen monster films. After a stint doing graphic design, Sarah went on to study at the world renowned National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University and quickly went on to become Lead Animator at Blue-Zoo Productions. In 2004, she set up AnimNation in Brighton - an animation company focused on creating computer animation for broadcast, corporate and online clients. Her freelance directing and animation work has been shown on channels such as NickToons, CBBC, CBeebies, Toon Disney and Channel 4. Through her work she has won a Gold Award at the New York Film & Video Festival, helped give a Gold Promax Award to Red Bee Media for Best Children’s Promo for her animation work on Level Up, been nominated for DiMA and FITC awards, and has had short animated films shown at international film festivals and on BBC News. Sarah runs the Brighton Animators Networking Group, frequently gives animation career advice to students and freelancers and sets industry briefs for BA degree students.