The Team

Seb and Polly Planet is team work Led by Michelle. As well as Eve Bourrat the illustrator there are many incredible people who have helped in one way or another to get the book in your hands. Below are the key team. Please see the book to read about everyone.

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The Editor 

Karen Rigden is a professional editor based in Reading. She’s highly experienced in the development and project management of a wide range of illustrated titles, including children’s non-fiction. Karen and Michelle have worked closely since 2016 to ensure this project appeals to both boys and girls and Karen really has helped make this story fly – literally!

The Copywriter

Sarah O’Neill is a professional word wizard who has encouraged Michelle throughout the whole journey since the birth of the project back in 2014.  She has made sense of Michelle’s writing providing feedback, suggestions, editorial changes and proofreading services, as well as working on the copy for the crowdfunder. . Their friendship started in Portugal in 2006 at a time when Michelle always had a plastic water bottle in her hand. Sarah works remotely from southern Spain.

Final proofreader of all the copy

Rose Brandle is a freelance journalist and editor, owner of Squeaky Cat Media. A friend of the author Michelle, she loved the concept for the book and was keen to get involved in any way she could. She jumped in at the last minute to do the final proofreading.

Proofreader of the additional copy

Steph Hayman is based in western Portugal. Steph proofread all the copy for the additional parts of the book and fed into the story, in between feeding her chickens and painting in her studio a disappearing way of life in rural Portugal.

Costume Designer

Miss Tinker Taylor Costume designer & maker with more than 30 years’ practical experience, working in a multitude of creative disciplines, from designing and making of costumes and props for theatrical productions, to millinery and soft sculpture.

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The filmaker behind the video on the Crowdfunder is filmmaker, photographer and self-titled Opportunist, Harry Knight originally from New Zealand, now spends most of his time in the U.K. bouncing between Bristol and London. With a keen interest in factual film work, Harry is most excited and passionate when producing his own projects or collaborating with other like-minds.

author Michelle Cassar with Seb and Polly Planet PHOTO Harry Knight
by Harry Knight