• Sharon Blackie
    Sharon Blackie is a writer, mythologist and psychologist. Her work is focused on exploring and deepening our relationship with the land and with place through the transforming power of myth, story and other expressive arts. For many years she was a crofter, both in the far north-west Highlands of Scotland and in the Outer Hebrides, sandwiched between mountains and sea in one of the wildest and most remote places in the country. She now lives in the hills of Donegal, in a small stone riverside cottage by a waterfall in a wood. Originally trained as a psychologist and neuroscientist, Sharon has also practiced as a therapist specialising in narrative, storytelling, creative imagination and clinical hypnotherapeutic techniques. She is the founder and editor of EarthLines magazine, and runs creative courses and retreats for women.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ©

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.