John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer and visual artist best known for his cult films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Cecil B. DeMented. He is also the author of a memoir, Role Models. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Louisa Waugh has written for the GUARDIAN on Ulan Bator, and a 10-part series on Mongolia for the BBC World Service.
Sara Wheeler's books include the international bestseller Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica, Chile: Travels in a Thin Country,Evia: An Island Apart and The Magnetic North: Notes from the Arctic Circle, which was chosen as Book of the Year by Will Self, Michael Palin, A. N. Wilson and others. She has published two biographies of travellers: Cherry: A Life of Apsley Cherry-Garrard, and Too Close to the Sun: The Life and Times of Denys Finch Hatton, and was immensely relieved to write about women at last in O My America! She lives in London.
Avid surfer and nature-lover Kevin Whitton has traveled extensively throughout Mexico, Indonesia, and Australia. He's volunteered as a trail guide in a private Costa Rican rain forest preserve and as a snowmobile guide in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. When confronted with the choice between living in the mountains and visiting the beach, or living at the beach and visiting the mountains, Kevin refused to choose, deciding to call O'ahu home instead. Now when he waits for a wave at one of his favorite windward or North Shore surf breaks, he can gaze at the verdant mountains and revel in the best of both worlds.Kevin is the author of the award-winning Green Hawai'i: A Guide to a Sustainable and Energy Efficient Home and A Pocket Guide to Hawai'i's Botanical Gardens. He writes for Hawai'i's most notable publications, is active in the island's surf media, and is the co-founder and editor of GREEN: Hawai'i's Sustainable Living Magazine.
Allison Williams earned her MFA in creative writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where her fiction thesis won the Jason Wenger Award for Literary Excellence. Her journalistic work has been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and a nomination from the City and Regional Magazine Association. As senior editor at Seattle Met magazine, she covers travel and the outdoors by hiking every trail and driving every road she can find on a map.
James Woodall has written on music, theatre and literature for over twenty years. His first book was about flamenco. After a biography of Jorge Luis Borges, THE MAN IN THE MIRROR OF THE BOOK, he went to live in Berlin. A 'double biography' of John Lennon and Yoko Ono was published in Germany in 1997, and translated into over a dozen other languages. In Berlin James taught and lectured, and travelled widely as an arts writer, contributing to the FINANCIAL TIMES, THE ECONOMIST and many other publications.
Thomas Wright, historian, writer and researcher, was editor for Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography.