Emily Bolam was born in Buckinghamshire. She studied at Amersham College and Brighton College of Art. Her first idea for a children's book began as a college project and was published upon her graduation. Since then, Emily has illustrated over a hundred books for children by many different authors, including Georgie Adams, Vivian French and Francesca Simon. She continues to live and work in Brighton where she shares her studio with other artists and illustrators.