Mara Bergman


Mara Bergman is an award-winning children’s writer, poet and editor. She was born in NYC on leap year day and grew up on Long Island, and though she’s lived most of her life in the UK, she’s never lost her accent.

Mara has always felt a strong link between poetry and picture books and loves to write both. Her picture books include The Tall Man and the Small Mouse, illustrated by Birgitta Sif (Walker Books), Snip Snap! and the Oliver series (Hodder), illustrated by Nick Maland. Snip Snap! won numerous awards in the UK and US; Oliver Who Would Not Sleep was a Bookstart choice and appeared on CBeebies, along with Itchy Itch Itch (Emily Bolam, ill, Bloomsbury). Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide won the Booktrust Early Years Award. Her books have been translated into Danish, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean and Serbian.

Mara’s poetry has been published widely and her most recent collection is The Night We Were Dylan Thomas (Arc, 2021). She won the 2023 Plough Poetry Prize and was highly commended in the Bridport Poetry Competition 2023.