Wilbur Smith was born in Northern Rhodesia in 1933. He became a full-time writer in 1964 after the successful publication of WHEN THE LION FEEDS, and has since written thirty-nine novels, all meticulously researched on his numerous expeditions worldwide, from Alaska to Russia. His books have been translated into thirty-two languages and have sold approximately 135,000,000 copies globally, each one topping the charts all around the world. His most recent book is WAR CRY. He is also co-founder of The Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation.
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Megan Allen is an American who divides her time between the United States and Europe. She graduated with honours from UC Berkeley, where a novella she wrote earned the Chancellor’s Trophy from over one thousand entries. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.
Her debut novel, THE SLAVE PLAYERS, will be published in 2017. You can follow Megan on Instagram.
Laura Carlin lives in Derbyshire with her civil partner and children. In her late teens, Laura was a national award-winning musician and her taste remains eclectic, from brass bands to Clean Bandit and anything in between. She now divides her time between writing and being a full-time mother. THE WICKED COMETH is her debut novel.
Simon Castets is the Director and Curator of Swiss Institute, New York and co-founder of 89plus. He holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and a MA in Cultural Management from Sciences Po, Paris. In addition to exhibitions at Swiss Institute, recent curatorial work includes “Rachel Rose” at Aspen Art Museum, “Champs Elysées” at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (with Julie Boukobza and Nicola Trezzi), “Poetry will be made by all!” at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and “Filter Bubble” at LUMA Foundation, Westbau (both together with Hans Ulrich Obrist for 89plus). His writing has appeared in catalogues and publications such as Mousse, PIN UP, Flash Art and Kaleidoscope. He has delivered lectures at Columbia University and Brown University and served on several juries.
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Deborah Curtis is the author of TOUCHING FROM A DISTANCE, her memoir of Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division. Edited by Jon Savage and with a foreword by Deborah Curtis, SO THIS IS PERMANENCE presents the intensely personal writings of one of the most enigmatic and influential songwriters and performers of the late twentieth century, Joy Division’s Ian Curtis.
Olafur Eliasson’s art is driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience and feelings of self. Striving to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large, art, for Eliasson, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world. Eliasson’s diverse works – in sculpture, painting, photography, film and installations – have been exhibited widely throughout the world. Olafur Eliasson lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin. UNSPOKEN SPACES is published by Thames & Hudson.
World famous for their eclectic style, Garbage have enjoyed critical and commercial success for more than twenty years. Since their 1994 inception, Garbage have gone on to sell millions of records worldwide (including 2016’s critically acclaimed Strange Little Birds) and have garnered multiple Grammy Award nominations. Now, for the first time, the four band members (Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig) tell the story of their incredible journey in their own words. This beautiful full-colour coffee-table book includes never-before-seen photographs of the band as well as pieces written by each of the four band members. THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE will be published by Akashic Books in July 2017.
Ruth Hogan lives in a chaotic Victorian house with two rescue dogs and a long suffering partner. She spends all her time writing or thinking about writing and keeps a notebook in every room. THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS is Ruth’s debut novel and will be published around the world in 2017. For more about Ruth, follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and visit her website.
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Hala Jaber was born in Beirut and writes for The Sunday Times. She is the first journalist to have won Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards back to back (2005, 2006, 2012) and in 2007 she co-won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for her work in Iraq. THE FLYING CARPET TO BAGHDAD is the memoir of Jaber’s descent into Iraq with her husband photographer in tow, as she naively tries to report a war that becomes more unpredictable as every hour passes.
Michael Langan has a PhD in Creative Writing and is a former university lecturer. He was first published at the age of twelve when a letter of his complaining about discrimination against left-handed people was printed in the Sun newspaper. Since then, his work has been published in various journals and magazines. Born and raised in Liverpool, Michael once travelled across America, coast to coast, on a greyhound bus, but he lives and writes in Portugal. SHADOW IS A COLOUR AS LIGHT IS is Michael’s debut novel and will be published in 2018. For more about Michael, you can follow him on Twitter.
HRH PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT
HRH PRINCESS MICHAEL OF KENT
Princess Michael of Kent was born near Carlsbad in Bohemia, and descends from ancient European lineage of both sides of her family. Having lived in Austria, Australia and on her father’s farm in Mozambique, the Princess moved to London from Vienna to continue her historical studies, and subsequently formed her own interior design company. She married His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent in Vienna in 1978. They have two children and two grandchildren. Princess Michael has written three historical biographies and three historical novels. Princess Michael has a great love for animals and is Royal Patron of three animal conservation organisations in Africa. A CHEETAH’S TALE describes her travels through Africa in the 1960s, which sparked her lifelong interest in wildlife, and cheetahs in particular.
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Rem Koolhaas founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published DELIRIOUS NEW YORK: A RETROACTIVE GIDE TO MANHATTAN. Rem Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University where he conducts the Project on the City.
Paul Lake is a former professional footballer who played for Manchester City FC and England under-21s between 1986 and 1992. A local boy and a lifelong City fan, he was acclaimed as one of the most promising young talents to have ever worn the sky blue shirt. His glittering career, however, was tragically cut short following a serious injury from which he never recovered. After a decade spent working as a sports physiotherapist, Paul rejoined his old club in April 2010, taking on the role of Ambassador for Manchester City in the Community. He now works for the Premier League as Club Support Manager. I’M NOT REALLY HERE, a memoir of his life in football, was published by Century in the summer of 2011 and was shortlisted for the British Sports Book Award, Football Book of the Year 2012.
CN Lester is an academic and activist who has acted as a consultant on trans issues to a broad range of organisations such as Channel 4, the BBC and the Huffington Post. They have written for New Statesmen, New Internationalist and the Feminist Times. Lester co-founded the first ever national UK group for young LGBT people. For more about CN Lester and their work, visit their website or follow them on Twitter. TRANS LIKE ME will be published by Virago in May 2017.
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Rebecca Mascull is the author of three historical novels published by Hodder & Stoughton. THE VISITORS is the story of Adeliza Golding, a deaf-blind girl living on her father’s hop farm in Victorian Kent. It was nominated for the Edinburgh Festival First Book Award 2014. SONG OF THE SEA MAID follows Dawnay Price, an eighteenth century orphan who becomes a scientist and makes a remarkable discovery. Her third novel, THE WILD AIR, about an Edwardian aviatrix, will be published in April 2017. Rebecca lives with her family by the sea in the east of England. She has worked in education and has a Masters in Writing. For more about Rebecca, visit her website or follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Kate McNaughton was born and raised in Paris to English parents. She studied English at Cambridge and filmmaking at the European Film College in Denmark. She currently works as a documentary filmmaker and translator and lives in Berlin. THIS IS HOW I LOSE YOU is her first novel, and will be published by Transworld in 2018.
To find out more about Kate, follow her on Twitter.
HANS ULRICH OBRIST
HANS ULRICH OBRIST
Hans Ulrich Obrist was listed as the most powerful person in the art world by the Art Review 2009 Power 100. Obrist was born in Zurich in May 1968. He joined the Serpentine Gallery as Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects in April 2006. Prior to this he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris since 2000, as well as curator of museum in progress, Vienna, from 1993-2000. He has curated and co-curated over 200 solo and group exhibitions internationally since 1991. Visit him on Twitter or his handwriting project on Instagram. His most recent book is WAYS OF CURATING.
Jess Phillips was elected as the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election. Jess is an equalities campaigner, a community activist and a mom. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her two young sons. Jess spent her childhood in Yardley where both her parents were born and raised in the then newly-built council estates.
Before being elected, Jess was a manager at a charity supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence and has dedicated her career to improving the lives of some of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. Jess is passionate about making sure that people’s voices are heard and about getting people involved and inspired to take part.
EVERYWOMAN: One Woman’s Truth About Speaking The Truth will be published by Hutchinson in Spring 2017. For more about Jess, read her monthly column in the Huffington Post, visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
Elizabeth Reeder is originally from Chicago and now lives in Scotland, where she teaches on the Creative Writing Programme at the University of Glasgow. Her first novel, RAMSHACKLE, was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish First Book of the Year Award 2012 and was longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2013. Her writing has also been published in anthologies and journals and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. THOSE WE BURIED will be published by Freight in Spring 2018. For more about Elizabeth, visit her website and follow her on Twitter.
Kaite Welsh is an Edinburgh-based journalist and critic and the literature officer at Creative Scotland. She writes a weekly column for the Daily Telegraph and makes frequent appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. She was included on the Independent on Sunday’s 2015 Rainbow List, which recognises the 100 most influential LGBTI people in the UK. THE WAGES OF SIN will be published on the Headline Review imprint in spring 2017. For more about Kaite, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.
Bernard Sumner is a musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and producer. He is a founding member and the lead vocalist and guitarist of New Order. Sumner is also known for being a founding member of the bands Joy Division and Bad Lieutenant. He also recorded with Johnny Marr as Electronic and was the lead vocalist of the band. CHAPTER AND VERSE is his memoir.
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Rosie Wilby is an award-winning comedian who regularly performs at major UK festivals. In addition to having her own weekly radio show she often features on Radio 4. Her writing has been published by The Sunday Times, the Independent, the Guardian and the New Statesman. Her first book, IS MONOGAMY DEAD? RETHINKING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE 21st CENTURY, will be published by Accent Press in 2017. For more information about Rosie, visit her website or follow her on Twitter.
Christopher Winn has worked as a writer and producer in television, theatre and newspapers for over 20 years. He has worked with the late Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is the author of the I NEVER KNEW THAT series and is married to artist Mai Osawa who illustrates his books. His most recent book is LONDON BY TUBE.