Laurel Alexander has worked as a lifestyle coach and therapist for 20 years, with qualifications in nutrition, stress management and reflexology. She is the author of over 23 books and her articles have appeared in Good Health, Bella and Fidelity.
The late Robert Allen had a long-standing involvement with Buddhism, and especially Zen, which began when he was a teacher in Thailand. He was also a compiler of puzzle books for Mensa and other publishers, appeared on radio as a puzzle expert, was CEO of the Mensa Foundation for Gifted Children and he also taught writing. Robert's previous books include The Ultimate Mental Challenge, How to Win Arguments, Zen Reflections, 365 Pep Talks from Buddha and 365 Smiles from Buddha.
Zoe Athene Berkeley
The baker, Boo (Zoe Athene Berkeley) established the bake-a-boo café three years ago in West Hampstead after several years trading at markets and making cakes to order for family and friends. Initially a fashion designer by trade, Zoe has finally found the perfect way to combine her specialties, making the best looking (and tasting) cakes in North London.
Catherine Atkinson is a trained Cordon Bleu cook. She has worked in a number of hotels and restaurants including the Roux Brothers' patisserie. Catherine currently works as a freelance writer and consults for a number of food and lifestyle magazines - she has written and contributed to over 30 cookbooks, including MQ Publications Homemade Pies.
Gail Wagman's creativity with decorating ideas, traditional American ingredients and French joie de vivre make these recipes both unusual and tasty. Gauil Wagman was born and grew up in Washington, D.C. but has lived in France for most of her adult life. She curently lives in the South of France where she opened a restaurant with her husband. The restaurant became famous for its fusion cooking and its wide variety of homemade desserts, Gail's speciality.
David V. Barrett
David V. Barrett has been a teacher of Religious Studies and English, a computer programmer and intelligence analyst for the British and American governments, and a journalist. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1991. As an author he now researches and writes mainly on religious and esoteric subjects. He is the author of Secret Societies and Sects, Cults and Alternative Religions.
Manu Bazzano is a Zen monk, writer / lecturer, workshop facilitator and psychotherapist. He studied Eastern meditation since 1980. Having lived in India, Germany and the U.S., he settled in London in 1990. His other books include Buddha is Dead and (for Spruce) Zen Poems.
Jacqueline Bellefontaine is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and author of eight cookbooks, including Homemade Cookies for Spruce. She is a freelance food writer and home economist working for various food magazines in the U.K.
Bella Blissett is a Features writer for the Evening Standard working primarily on fashion, health and beauty spreads. She has covered everything from fitness and nutrition to the organic beauty movement and cosmetic surgery - as well as testing London's latest beauty and holistic health treatments. She coordinates and styles photographic shoots and commissions major interviews with celebrities from the health and beauty industry.
Sophie Collins is a writer, editor and resident expert on supernatural romance. Author of How to Date a Vampire, she has also written books on diverse other subjects, including canine body language (Tail Talk, 2004) and ice cream (Scoop, 2007). She currently lives, works and acts as an undead agony aunt in Sussex.
Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator, coffee drinker and sometime ukulele player, based in deepest, darkest England. Gemma has exhibited her work in galleries and shop windows around the world and her artwork has been reproduced on everything from placemats to t-shirts to umbrellas. She has also had her work published in various books, annuals and magazines and has undertaken commissions to paint murals on the walls of pubs and shops in the UK and the USA. Gemma's artwork has been described as 'the perfect combination of ugly and cute', which she hopes is a compliment!
Dr Ayman El-Desouky is a lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London, having also taught at Harvard and John Hopkins. Author of British-Egyptian Relations from Suez to the Present Day, he is currently preparing a study on the conception and practice of Sacred Discourse in modern Arabic literature.
Gill Farrer-Halls is a trained aromatherapist and has worked generally within Buddhism throughout her career as a writer, editor, and video producer. She has spent extensive time in India and Nepal during the course of her career. She is the author of Meditations & Ritual Using Aromatherapy Oils for Godsfield.
Jason Ford's lifelong obsession with comic books and French 'Bande Dessinee' informs the line work within his images. His illustrations have been featured in Esquire, The Economist, The New York Times, Nickelodeon and The Guardian. He lives in London.
Cara Frost-Sharratt is a freelance features writer and the author of Spruce's Beards: A Spotter's Guide and How to Get Rid of Things.
Textiles expert Lucinda Ganderton is a craft author, designer and broadcaster. Her previous books include: Stitch Dictionary, Bridal Crafts, The Country Living Book of Soft Furnishings, Romantic Keepsakes and The Complete Guide to Needlecraft. She has also authored Instant Expert Beading for Spruce.
Jane Garton is an accomplished author, having written, edited and co-edited a wide range of publications over the past 20 years. Her work has appeared in: New Woman, The Health Store Magazine, Lifeline (Great Ormand Street magazine), HFEA Guide, Tesco Healthy Living and Pink Ribbon magazine. Her previous titles for Spruce include Happy - 100 tips to Feel Great, A Thousand Paths to Hope and Things to Do Now That You're Retired.
Eva Gizowska is a Freelance Journalist specialising in Health, Wellbeing, Lifestyle and General Features. She has written for a variety of publications including: The Independent, The London Paper, Guardian, Sunday Times - Style, Saturday Times, Times - T2, Daily Mail, The Mail on Saturday - Weekend, The Daily Express, Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, Grazia, SHE, Zest, Health & Fitness, BMI Voyager, Trip Magazine, Boots Magazine, BUPA Magazine, Asda Magazine, Healthy Living, Cosmopolitan, REAL and Spirit & Destiny. She is also the author of:Bathing for Health, Beauty and Relaxation (Quarto) - includes a section on Spas in the UK and abroad Pilates in 15 Minutes (Thorsons) Seduce (MQ Publications Ltd). Shape The Walking Plan (for Barnes & Noble)Minute Facials - gift/booklet set (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Amy Goyer has been involved in intergenerational issues and programs at the local, state, national and international level for 25 years. She has written and lectured extensively about the issues of family, aging and building intergenerational relationships, and worked with the American Association of Retired Persons for 15 years in a number of roles. A recognised media authority, Amy currently serves as Senior Vice President of Outreach for Grandparents.com, the premier online destination for grandparents, where she is responsible for developing programmes to enhance the relationships among grandparents, grandchildren and parents.
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.