Authors

  • Sonja Bajíc
     
    Sonja Bajić was born in 1985 in Yugoslavia. While never leaving her street, she changed her country four times. Sonja uses the stories she hears, writes or loves to create all kinds of drawings and illustrations. Her architectural background is often reflected in her love for maps that she also draws on a daily basis. Today, after living in Serbia, Italy and Germany, Sonja works from Paris, France. She’s been up the Eiffel Tower 694 times.

  • Sharon Blackie
     
    Dr Sharon Blackie is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction, a psychologist who has specialised both in neuroscience and narrative, and a mythologist with a specialisation in Celtic Studies. Her unique approach to working with myth, fairy tales and folklore highlights the insights these traditions can offer us into authentic and meaningful ways of being which are founded on a deep sense of belonging to place, a rootedness in the land we inhabit. (Author photo: Gary Doak / Alamy Stock Photo)

  • Bruce Fogle
     
    Barefoot at the Lake is veterinarian Bruce Fogle's first memoir. Best known as a prolific author of pet care books and travel narratives Bruce is Canadian by birth and has lived and worked in London since the sixties when there were still cows to be treated in West London dairies. He opened The London Vet Clinic forty years ago and has been treating generations of pets ever since. His pet-care guides with Dorling Kindersley have been published around the world, in multiple languages, making him the world’s bestselling pet-care author.

  • Vincent van Gogh
     
    Vincent Van Gogh (1853–90) was a junior clerk at an art firm, teacher, bookseller, student and preacher before he decided at the age of 27 to become an artist. He worked as an artist for just ten years and was virtually unknown throughout his life, but his work changed the history of art forever.

  • Molly Hatch
     
    Molly Hatch is the daughter of a farmer and painter. She spent her early childhood on an organic dairy farm where he created art from an early age. Working from her home studio, Molly began making her living as a full-time studio potter in 2008. Making contemporary ceramics inspired by history, Molly’s career as a studio potter quickly garnered a loyal following. Her designs have expanded beyond tableware to a wide range of lifestyle products, and Molly is actively growing her collections of home goods to bring modern yet traditional designs to the contemporary home. She designed her first collection for Anthropologie in 2010 and has designed over 400 products for them since. Her career has led to collaborations with institutions such as the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Clark Art Institute and the High Museum of Art Atlanta.

  • P. J. Kavanagh
     
    P. J. Kavanagh was a poet, writer, actor, broadcaster and columnist, born in 1931. The Perfect Stranger, awarded the Richard Hillary Memorial Prize in 1966, describes his early life. Poetry was his major occupation. His New Selected Poems came out in 2014, and earlier collections include Presences (1987), An Enchantment (1991) and Something About (2004). His Collected Poems was given the Cholmondeley Award in 1992. His columns for The Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement (he called them substitute poems) are collected in People and Places (1988) and A Kind of Journal (2003). His novel A Song and Dance won the 1968 Guardian Fiction Prize, and he wrote five more. A travel-autobiography Finding Connections traces his Irish forebears in New Zealand. P. J. died in August 2015 in the Cotswold hills, where he had come to live with his wife and two sons over forty years before. (Author photo © www.charlessturge.com)

  • Angela Kiss
     
    Angela Kiss is a writer and accountant. Born in Hungary, she has lived and worked in London for ten years. She has had three books published in Hungary, one of which was her memoir, One Way Ticket to London, which has been translated into English and self-published as an ebook.

  • Anthony Loyd
     
    Anthony Loyd, author of My War Gone By, I Miss It So, is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has reported from numerous conflict zones including the Balkans, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Iraq and Chechnya. A former infantry officer, he left the British army after the first Gulf War and went to live in Bosnia, where he started reporting for The Times. My War Gone By, I Miss It So is his memoir of that conflict. Most recently, he was kidnapped, shot and then escaped while reporting in Syria.

  • Christopher Nicholson
     
    Christopher Nicholson is the author of three novels, including The Elephant Keeper, which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and Encore Prize, and Winter, described by Alison Lurie in the New York Review of Books as ‘one of the most dramatically convincing and moving Famous Writer Novels I have ever read.’ He has lived near Shaftesbury in Dorset for the past thirty years.

  • Simon Phipps
     
    Simon Phipps is a photographer and the creator of the New Brutalism collection of photography on Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter. He is a graduate in sculpture from The Royal College of Art. He grew up in Milton Keynes where his parents were architects involved in the design of the city. He has forthcoming exhibitions of his photography at the Foundry Gallery in 2016 and The Architectural Association and the Museum im Bellpark, Kriens, Switzerland in 2017.

  • Jim Richards
     
    Jim Richards became obsessed with finding gold and diamonds in his teens. He went on to be closely involved in numerous mineral discoveries around the world. This includes the Omai gold deposit in Guyana, which became the largest gold mine in South America, and the Railway iron ore deposit in Western Australia, which was acquired by BHP Billiton in 2010 for A$204 million. He has founded a string of successful mining businesses and is today one of the industry’s leading executives. Currently, Jim is executive chairman of an Australian publicly listed minerals corporation. Prior to his prospecting, geology and mining career, Jim served in the British Army Parachute Regiment, with operational experience in Northern Ireland. He was educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London (Geology) and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Jim lives in Perth, Western Australia.

  • Alice Stevenson
     
    Ways to Walk in London is Alice Stevenson's first book. A London-based illustrator, artist, surface pattern designer and educator, Alice’s work explores and visualise ideas and narratives through playful treatment of colour, texture and composition. Alice has been commissioned by a wide range of international clients including: Crabtree and Evelyn, Leo Burnett, Stella magazine, Kellogg’s, Faber & Faber, University of Sussex, Volvo, Vodafone, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vogue, Hugo Boss, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and St Jude’s. Her set of London Perspectives Colouring Postcards, taken from Ways to Walk in London, will be available from February 2016.

  • Emily Stott
     
    Emily Stott is a freelance fashion journalist and personal stylist. She has been a mystery shopper for fifteen years during which time she has also worked for Thomas Pink. She says the hardest working item in her wardrobe is her heat tech vest – and the moth repellent. Emily lives in Battersea, London, with her son.

  • Corinne Sweet
     
    Corinne Sweet is a broadcaster, screenwriter, psychologist and psychotherapist and author of over fourteen books. These include popular psychology books, such as Change Your Life with CBT, The Mindfulness Journal and The Anxiety Journal, and the bestselling memoirs she has ghosted, Sixty Years a Nurse and Deliver Me from Evil. She is the Chair of the Book Committee of the Writers’ Guild and her books have been translated into over twenty languages.

  • Mark Thomas
     
    Mark Thomas is one of the UK’s most effective and best-known political performers. He has won awards for his stage and human rights work, ranging from the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award to a Sony Award for Radio Comedy AND was one time Guinness World Record holder for the most demonstrations in one day. He has written and presented six series of the Mark Thomas Comedy Product for Channel 4 and five series of The Manifesto for Radio 4. He is the author of five books on subjects as diverse as the arms trade, Coca-Cola and the Israeli Wall in the West Bank. His work has changed the law, kiboshed politicians’ careers and has been performed across the world.

  • Linda Wilkinson
     
    Linda Wilkinson was born on Columbia Road, in east London, and attended Central Foundation Grammar School, Spitalfields. After working in the field haematology in the laboratories of the Royal Free and Whitechapel hospitals, Linda moved into medical research, becoming the scientist and manager in charge of the Rheumatology Unit at University College London. Here she worked with Professor Jo Edwards and his team on experiments which led to the identification of the cells which line the human joint, opening the way to future targeted therapies for arthritis. Her involvement with HIV and its consequences led Linda to be involved with lobbying bodies such as Stonewall and Amnesty International, of which she was the UK chair for six years. In 2001 she and her partner were the first to sign the Greater London Authority’s Partnership Register, which paved the way for same sex marriage. Since retirement Linda has focused on writing, local history and creative community work. She still lives in Bethnal Green.

  • Conor Woodman
     
    Conor Woodman has been a producer, reporter and presenter in factual television for many years. His series include Scam City, Around the World in 80 Trades, Watchdog and, most recently, Hunting Nazi Treasure. He has written two previously books, The Adventure Capitalist and Unfair Trade, which was long listed for the Orwell prize. True Appaloosa, his first feature length documentary film, premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival in 2015 and aired on BBC4 as The Secret Horse to wide critical acclaim.