MP Peter Hain is renowned for his three decades of anti-apartheid campaigning. Born to anti-apartheid activists with links to Mandela that go back to the 1960s, he grew up in South Africa where his parents were jailed and then banned by the regime. At just 15, Hain made his first anti-apartheid speech at the funeral of an activist, a year before his parents were forced to leave South Africa, taking him to London. Hain's fervent campaigning throughout the 1970s made apartheid a national issue in Britain, whilst making him a target of the regime's security services. A regular contributor to the daily nationals, he is also the author of thirteen published works including Don't Play With Apartheid, Mistaken Identity: The Wrong Face of the Law and Sing the Beloved Country.
Rebecca Hall is a prolific author who is well known for her warm, funny and heartfelt books of inspiration. She has also authored 1000 Reasons I Love You and 1000 Reasons You're the Perfect Dad.
Jackie Hardy has been reading, writing and editing haiku for fifteen years. The landscape and lifestyle of rural Northumberland, England, where she has lived for the last twenty years, provides inspiration for much of her creative work. Jackie has written a haiku collection entitled The Dust is Golden. Some more of her haiku appears in her poetry collection, Canuting the Waves. Jackie works in adult education. Currently she manages a series of outreach programmes for Lancaster University, but has tutored many courses on literature and creative writing in northeast England.
Jenny Hare is a writer and psychosexual counsellor who has been the agony aunt for Woman's Weekly for the past 14 years. Her books include Think Love, Free your Life from Fear, Orgasms and How to Have Them and Think Sex
Valentina Harris is a celebrity chef, author, broadcaster and lecturer. Her first television series, Italian Regional Cookery for the BBC, was shown in 1990 and 1998 to international acclaim, and she has just completed a new series for television, Tasting History. Valentina is established as a prolific writer on Italian food and cuisine. She is the author of over 20 books on Italian cookery including Classic Italian Cooking and contributes to many leading national newspapers and magazines such as The Sunday Times Cook's Companion and Insight Guide to Tuscany. Valentina is also founder and director of Villa Valentina Cookery Holidays Ltd.