Dr Chris Irons is a clinical psychologist, researcher, author and trainer. He is co-director of Balanced Minds (www.balancedminds.com), a London-based organisation providing compassion focused psychological interventions for individuals and organisations. He is the author of a number of books, including The Compassionate Mind Workbook.
Naoki Inaba is one of the world's most prolific and creative inventors of logic puzzles. Naoki has created many hundreds of new types of Japanese-style logic puzzles, many of which have achieved worldwide popularity.
Writer and artist ILYA draws on more than thirty years of professional experience - as an internationally published comics creator and author, but also as an educator. Since 1990 he has designed and delivered workshops on the art of drawing for schools, colleges, galleries, museums, libraries, youth groups and prisons, across the UK as well as abroad. His Manga Drawing Kit (2005) was an international bestseller, resulting in co-editions in French, German, Spanish and more. How to Draw Comics is a new title for 2016. Other book titles by ILYA include the award-winning graphic novel series, The End of the Century Club, Manga Shakespeare's King Lear, and Room for Love; as compiling editor: The Mammoth Books of Skulls, The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics and three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, also Colour Me Bad. 2017 sees the debut of the all-ages sci-fi action adventure, Kid Savage, produced in collaboration with a co-creator of Ben10, Deadpool/Spider-man wrangler Joe Kelly.
In a career spanning three decades, John Ibbitson has worked as a reporter and columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, Southam News, the National Post and, since 1999, the Globe and Mail, where he became Chief Political Writer in 2012 and Writer at Large in 2015. He has written eighteen books, including The Landing which won the 2008 Governer General's Award for Children's Literature. His non-fiction books have been nominated for the National Newspaper Award, the Donnier Prize, the Twillium Book Award and the City of Toronto Book Award.