Julie Andrews Edwards
Julie Andrews is one of the most recognised figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and, more recently, The Princess Diaries. Julie is the author of many beloved children's books
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada's most eminent novelist and poet is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid's Tale, Cat's Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and she has won many literary prizes in other countries. Her work has been translated into thirty-three languages. Her latest novel, The Blind Assassin won the 2000 Booker Prize.
Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl was one of the most celebrated SF debuts of all time, winning both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Following a number of award-winning novels for younger readers, The Water Knife marks his return to adult fiction. He is a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist, and lives in Colorado with his wife and son.
Isabelle Brent studied graphics at Loughborough College of Art and the College des Beaux Arts at Troyes.
Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy was born in Glasgow in 1955. She has published 7 collections of poetry and won numerous awards, including a Somerset Maugham Award in 1988, the Dylan Thomas Award in 1989 and the 1993 Whitbread Award. She was awarded an OBE in 1995.
Chuck Fischer's paintings hang in some of the finest residences in the world. His designs have been reproduced on holiday ornaments and home furnishings, including wallpaper and fabrics in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum.
David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Paris Review's Aga Kahn Prize and John Train Prize for Humour, and the O. Henry Award. He died in 2008.
Jill Foulston is a former commissioning editor for the Virago Modern Classics. She lives in London and Italy.
Christopher Golden is an award-winning author whose original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. He was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family.
Dr Germaine Greer first came to international attention thirty years ago with the publication of The Female Eunoch. She is Professor of English at Warwick University and a respected columnist and cultural commentator. She lives in Essex.
Laurell K. Hamilton
Laurell K. Hamilton lives near St Louis with her husband, her daughter, two attack pugs, three birds, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Nancy Holder is the author of a number of popular and highly successful tie-in novels, including projects for Buffy, Angel and Highlander. She has been an LA Times bestseller and won four Bram Stoker awards for fiction. She lives in San Diego with her daughter, two cats and a dog.
Marlene Koch is the award-winning author of numerous cookbooks including Eat What You Love and the New York Times bestseller, Eat More of What You Love. A regular guest on QVC, Marlene is a registered dietitian and culinary expert known for her extraordinary ability to deliver good health, with great taste! Marlene and her recipes have been featured in Cooking Light, Woman's World, Men's Fitness, and Diabetes Health magazines, as well as on Today and the Food Network. At home you'll find Marlene cooking and baking for her big food-loving family.
Patrick McDonnell is the creator of the MUTTS comic strip. He has illustrated for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Reader's Digest, Time, Parents and other journals,
Born in the Bronx in 1922, Grace Paley was a renowned writer and activist. Her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Her other collections include Enormous Changes at the Last Minute and Just As I Thought. She died in Vermont on August 22, 2007.
Neil Philip is a writer and critic with a special interest in folklore and children's literature.
Running Press, Running Press Kids, and Running Press Miniature Editions publish books that inspire, entertain and delight readers with innovative formats and irresistible packages for humor, pop culture, activity, cooking and self-help titles. The long-running miniature editions program features original bestsellers like Grow Your Own Mini Bonsai and top licenses like Harry Potter.
An acclaimed SF writer, editor and critic, Robert Silverberg's career has spanned the five decades which have seen some of SF's finest achievements.
Elizabeth Stokoe is Professor of Social Interaction in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University, using conversation analysis to understand how talk works. Outside the University, she runs workshops with professionals using her research-based communication training method called the "Conversation Analytic Role-play Method". She is one of thirteen WIRED 2015 Innovation Fellows; has given TEDx, New Scientist, SciFoo/Google, Cheltenham Science Festival and Royal Institution lectures, and her research and biography were featured on the BBC Radio 4's The Life Scientific.