Artists

Laura Barnett Laura Barnett is a born and bred South Londoner. Her debut novel, The Versions of Us, was published in May 2015 and spent ten weeks in The Sunday Times hardback bestseller list. To date, over 250,000 copies of the book have been sold.......

Jane Clarke is the author of over 80 books for young children, including the award-winning Gilbert the Great series and Stuck in the Mud. Jane’s latest picture book is Neon Leon, gloriously illustrated by Britta Teckentrup. Jane enjoys visiting nurseries and primary schools, and loves......

Angela is a bestselling author, playwright, columnist and professional speaker. The second instalment in her Social Media Murder Series Watch Me, shot straight up to number 15 in the UK Paperback Chart in January 2017, and her debut crime thriller Follow Me was named Amazon’s......

Howard Cunnell has a Ph.D. from the University of London, and has been a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Sussex. He is the editor of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road: The Original Scroll, which the New York Times described as “the living version for......

Jonathan Dean is the author of I Must Belong Somewhere. He is Senior Writer for Sunday Times Culture, regularly interviewing the world’s biggest stars. He has also contributed pieces to Sunday Times News Review on subjects ranging from Remembrance Day to racism in the Oscars......

Edward Docx is the oldest of seven children. He is half Russian on his mother’s side. He went to school in Moss Side in city-centre Manchester and then on to Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature. He has lived in London for the......

  Sarah Driver is a nurse and midwife, and a graduate of the Bath Spa Writing for Young People MA, during which she won the Most Promising Writer prize in 2014. Sarah started writing stories as a small child and lists her influences as Spellhorn......

Susan Elderkin is the author of two critically-acclaimed novels, Sunset over Chocolate Mountains and The Voices. One of Granta’s 20 Best Young British Novelists in 2003, she has taught creative writing at all levels, from Arvon courses to the creative writing MAs at Birkbeck and......

Sir Jeremy Greenstock joined the Diplomatic Service in 1969. In the early 1970s, he studied Arabic in Lebanon and was posted to Dubai and Washington DC. He later served in Saudi Arabia and Paris, worked on Bosnia and the Balkans in the 1990s, and returned......

Jay Griffiths was born in Manchester and studied English Literature at Oxford University. She spent a couple of years living in a shed on the outskirts of Epping Forest but for many years she has been based in Wales. She is the authorn of 5......

Jeremy Harding is a contributing editor at the London Review of Books. His translations of Rimbaud are published in Penguin Classics. He is the co- translator of Modern French Philosophy by Vincent Descombes. His memoir Mother Country is about the discovery of parents, absent and......

Alexandra Heminsley is a journalist, broadcaster and ghostwriter. She is author of the bestselling memoir Running Like a Girl, which has now been published in thirteen countries. She is the books editor at thedebrief.co.uk and the reviews app 60secondreviews. She writes fitness coverage for the-pool.com,......

Rachel Holmes is the author most recently of Eleanor Marx: A Life. Her previous books include The Hottentot Venus: The Life and Death of Saartjie Baartman and The Secret Life of Dr James Barry. She co- edited Fifty Shades of Feminism and I Call Myself......

Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is the author of Island People: The Caribbean and the World and the co-editor, with Rebecca Solnit, of Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. His work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, Harper’s, The Believer, The Nation, Artforum, American......

Kapka Kassabova was born in Bulgaria in 1973 and now lives in the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of three poetry collections, numerous travel essays, the novel Villa Pacifica, and the acclaimed memoirs Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria and......

Jenny Landreth is a script editor and writer. She has written two guide books – on the great trees of London, and on the best places to swim in the capital. Jenny was themain contributor to the Guardian’s weekly swimming blog,writing on everything from pool......

Dr Rosemary Leonard’s work as a consultant to national television, radio and newspapers makes her one of the country’s best-known doctors. She has been the resident doctor on BBC Breakfast, and also writes a weekly page for the Daily Express and a weekly column in......

Sabrina Mahfouz is a British Egyptian playwright, poet and screenwriter. Her 2016 plays are With a Little Bit of Luck (Paines Plough), Slug (nabokov), Battleface (Bush Theatre), Layla’s Room (Theatre Centre) and The Love I Feel Is Red (Tobacco Factory Theatres). Her TV short Breaking......

Henry Marsh was one of Britain’s foremost brain surgeons, and worked as Consultant Neurosurgeon at Atkinson Morley’s/St George’s Hospital in London for thirty years. Since retiring from full-time work in the NHS, he has continued to operate and lecture abroad, in Nepal, Albania and Ukraine.......

Thomasina Miers was the winner of BBC MasterChef in 2005. She is a cook and food writer whose work has ranged from cheese-making and running market stalls in Ireland, cheffing with Skye Gyngell at Peterham Nurseries, to co-founding the restaurant group Wahaca, winner of numerous awards.
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Anna Mazzola is a writer of historical crime fiction. Her acclaimed debut novel The Unseeing, published in July 2016, is based on the life of a real woman called Sarah Gale who was convicted of aiding a murder in London in 1837. Anna studied English......

Annemarie Neary was born in Northern Ireland and educated at Trinity College Dublin, King’s Inns and the Courtauld Institute. She lives in London. Annemarie’s short fiction has won awards in the UK, US and Ireland....

Jan Rüger is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of The Great Naval Game: Britain and Germany in the Age of Empire (2007) and joint editor of Rewriting German History....

Ahdaf Soueif is the author of the Booker Prize- shortlisted The Map of Love as well as the memoir of the January 2011 revolution, Cairo: A City Transformed. She co- founded the Palestine Festival of Literature and is based in both Cairo and London....

Patrick Wintour is Diplomatic Editor at The Guardian, having served for many years as its Political Editor. He won the British Press Awards ‘Political Journalist of the Year’ award in 2007.
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Professor Sir Simon Wessely is the Professor of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London. He is a Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s College Hospital and the Maudsley Hospital. He is currently the President of the Royal College of......