A prominent figure in TV and the arts in Britain, Joan Bakewell has been a broadcaster for over forty years, a print journalist for over twenty years, and has published her autobiography, The Centre of the Bed. ALL THE NICE GIRLS was her first novel. She was made a Dame in 2008.
Juliet Barker is both a distinguished biographer and a medievalist and scholar.
Jane Beaton is the author of two novels, CLASS and RULES. She lives in London.
Born in Grenada in 1979. In 1999 he joined the Prince of Wales' Royal Regiment. He has served in Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq.
Sarah Bilston is British but lives in Connecticut. She is an academic and teaches at Trinity College, Hartford. She is married with three children.
Carol Birch was born in 1951 in Manchester and went to Keele University. She has lived in London, southwest Ireland and now Lancaster. For her first novel, LIFE IN THE PALACE, she won the 1988 David Higham Award for the Best First Novel of the Year. In 1991 she won the prestigious Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize with THE FOG LINE.
Catherine Blyth is a writer and editor. She has contributed to THE TIMES, MAIL ON SUNDAY, EVENING STANDARD, DAILY TELEGRAPH, NEW STATESMAN and LITERARY REVIEW, worked for several leading publishers and written scripts for the BBC and Channel 5. This is her first book.
JILLY BOND has recorded over 300 audiobooks and won four Audiofile Earphones Awards. She also regularly appears on stage, and has appeared at the National Theatre in "Island", at the Birmingham Repertory in "Jump!", Manchester Lowry in "Transmissions", the English Theatre of Hamburg in "Othello" and "Mrs Warren's Profession" and on the Edinburgh and London Fringes, including at the Finborough as human-rights lawyer Fethiye Cetin in "I Wish to Die Singing" which won the Best Play UK Studio Theatre Awards. She has recorded over 100 radio plays for the BBC, as well as playing Bridget in "The Archers", and TV work has includedDr Greene in "Doctors", Dr Jannatie in "Judge John Deed" and roles in "Comedy Nation", "People Like Us", "My Hero" & "Alastair McGowan's Big Impression".
Charley Boorman is the author of RACE TO DAKAR and co-author of LONG WAY DOWN and LONG WAY ROUND. All are bestsellers. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.
Nicholas Boothman is a licensed Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. He lectures and conducts seminars throughout North American and Europe.
Kay Brellend never imagined she would become a writer, certainly not a writer of novels inspired by her own family. Kay's Campbell Road series, set in the 'worst street in London' follows the same Islington family covering the years between WW1 and WW2. The Campbell Road series of books has been an absorbing journey and she has learned much about the toughness and resilience of her ancestors: Kay feels pride in her roots in the worst street in north London. Her new series, published by Piatkus, is set in North London in 1913 and tells the stories of the families who work for Barratts Sweet Factory. It has all the heart, grit and personal connection that distinguishes her as one of the most exciting voices in the saga genre. Please visit her website http://www.kaybrellend.com for more information.
Darrell Bricker is CEO of Ipsos Global Public Affairs. He is the author of five books, most recently The Big Shift.While too many believe that numbers are boring, Bricker believes they are incredibly useful and interesting. The problem lies in that people who are good with numbers tend not to be great storytellers. His writing has always focused on telling stories that break down the barrier between numbers and broader public understanding. There's always a story or tragedy and romance in the data. Bricker sees it as his job to find the story and tell it.
Rachel Bridge is the author of six books, a journalist for The Times and The Telegraph, and a motivational speaker specialising in business, personal development and entrepreneurship. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival twice and runs workshops for entrepreneurs and small business owners all over the UK. Bridge holds an MA (Hons) degree in Economics from Cambridge University and has worked in Australia and France.
Patricia Briggs graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. She worked for a while as a substitute teacher but now writes full-time. Patricia Briggs lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Roy Chubby Brown
Roy 'Chubby' Brown was born Royston Vasey, in Middlesbrough 1945. He is one of Britain's most successful and controversial entertainers.
Season Butler is a writer, artist and activist born in Washington, DC. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. An early draft of Cygnet won second place in the 2014 SI Leeds Prize for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women. She lives and works between London and Berlin.