Suraya Sadeed is the Founder and Executive Director of Help the Afghan Children. She is a leading authority on the education and welfare of women and children in Afghanistan, and a pioneer in bringing innovative educational programmes to Afghanistan.
Elyn R. Saks
Elyn Saks is a professor at the University of Southern California Law School and the University of California, and Research Clinical Associate at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She studied at Oxford and at Yale Law School and has published three books.
Laurie Sandell is a contributing editor at Glamour, where she writes cover stories, features and personal essays. She has also written for Esquire, GQ, New York, Real Simple, US Weekly, and In Style, among others, and has taught memoir at the Gotham Writer's Workshop. Her cartoons have appeared in Glamour and Marie Claire.
Joe Amaral was born in Portugal on the island of St. Miguel and emigrated with his family to Toronto, Ontario, when he was two years old. A rebel against Christianity, he credits a youth pastor who 'loved me unconditionally' with being a major factor in his conversion and subsequent decision to enter the ministry.
Michael Schumacher is an acclaimed reporter and author.
Robert Sellers is the author of the bestselling Hellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O'Toole and Oliver Reed and Hollywood Hellraisers. He has also written biographies on Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford and Sean Connery, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, a history of the George Harrison/Monty Python film company HandMade, and the controversial Battle for Bond, which for a time was banned by the family of Ian Fleming.He was a regular contributor to Empire, Total Film, Independent, SFX and Cinema Retro and has contributed to a number of television documentaries, including Channel 4's The 100 Best Family Films.
Vikram Seth was born in India and educated in England. He has written great books in every genre: verse novel (THE GOLDEN GATE); travel book (FROM HEAVEN LAKE winner Thomas Cook Travel Book Award); epic masterpiece (A SUITABLE BOY).
Corey Seymour is a writer and editor who came to know Hunter S. Thompson whilst working as his assistant at Rolling Stone
Rob Sheffield has been a rock critic and pop culture journalist for 15 years. He is currently a staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine and also contributes to the Village Voice, Spin, Details and Slate. He appears regularly on MTV and VH1. He lives in New York City.
Philip Shenon is an investigative reporter with The New York Times, based in Washington. He was the lead reporter on the investigation of the 9/11 commission and was one of two Times reporters embedded with American troops during the invasion of Iraq.
Lauren Shockey is a food writer and cook based in New York City. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including The New York Times Style Magazine, Gastronomica, Slate, ELLEgirl, Chile Pepper, Interiors, amNY, Brides, Page Six Magazine and Zink, among others.
Showalter was born in Princeton, NJ. His mother is Elaine Showalter-the highly esteemed author, literary critic and professor. At NYU he joined an improv troupe known as The New Group. They changed their name to The State and began creating video shorts for an MTV show called You Wrote It, You Watch It, hosted by Jon Stewart. The State was then picked up as its own show, which aired for two years on MTV.
R J Smith
R.J. Smith has been a senior editor at Los Angeles Magazine, a contributor to Blender, a columnist for The Village Voice, a staff writer for Spin, and has written for GQ, New York Times Magazine, Elle, and Men's Vogue. His book The One: The Life and Music of James Brown was among the New York Times' "100 Notable Books of 2012." Smith lives with his wife and daughter in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Maggie Smith-Bendell runs an advisory service for Gypsies and Travellers, and campaigns for the rights of Gypsies.
Born in 1928, Peter Somerville-Large was educated in Dublin. After a decade working abroad he returned to Ireland to take up a writing career. His many books of travel and social history include The Grand Irish Tour, Irish Eccentrics and Cappaghglass.
Dr Michael Sparrow, now happily settled on the Devon/Cornwall border, has charted an unconventional course from the immaturity and uncertainty of life as a medical student, through hospital jobs and a six year spell in the Royal Air Force, to the immaturity and uncertainty of life as a rural GP. Aged somewhere between qualification and retirement, he is delighted to have finally left the bottom rung of his career.
Irene Spencer lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, Hector Spencer. During the twenty-eight years of her first marriage to a polygamous husband, Irene gave birth to thirteen children. Today she has 121 grandchildren and forty-nine great-grandchildren.
Lisa St Aubin de Teran
Lisa St Aubin de Teran is the author of Otto, The Hacienda and Southpaw. She divides her time between her film company, Radiant Pictures, in Holland and her new life in Mozambique
Doug Stanhope is a veteran of over twenty-five years of stand-up comedy, a stalwart of the hard-drinking, chain-smoking, literally dying breed. With a litany of dubious television credits, he has successfully dodged mainstream fame using his uncompromising brand of stand-up to build a cult-like following around the world. He's won numerous accolades, including being voted the best show of the entire Edinburgh Festival by the British press on his 2002 UK debut, and has recorded over a dozen comedy specials.Stanhope tours extensively in North America and overseas, described by the New York Times as "an acidic blend of prickly hostility, elaborately articulated self-loathing, and righteous anger" and who Ricky Gervais says "might be the most important stand-up working today." A regular guest on the Howard Stern Show and appointed the Voice of America for Charlie Brooker's BBC TV Wipe shows, Stanhope continues to be an armchair revolutionary for the excluded, ignored, forgotten, and wasted of society, rallying them with what The Guardian calls "comedy with brains and guts and a heart."Stanhope resides in the US border town of Bisbee, Arizona, with pets who have people names, in an absurd relationship with his gal pal Bingo.
Peter Stefanovic was the Europe, United States, Africa, and Middle East correspondent for the Nine Network. He reported from the scene of major news events around the world for NINE NEWS, the TODAY show, and A CURRENT AFFAIR. In 2014 Peter was nominated for a Walkley Award for his coverage of the war in Gaza. He is currently the co-host of WEEKEND TODAY and a contributor to 60 MINUTES.https://twitter.com/peterstefanovic https://instagram.com/peter_stefanovic