Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), poet, short-story writer and journalist, was born in India and spent his early childhood there. He was the most famous writer of his time, and in 1907 became the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Among his classic works are the poem If and Just-So Stories. Kipling is buried in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. Nicola Bayley is one of this country's best-loved artists. Both Katje the Windmill Cat and The Mousehole Cat were shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in London, SW9.