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.
Jon Ardle is technical editor for the RHS magazine The Garden, specializing in bonsai and Japanese gardens. He is the author of two books on bamboos and grasses and lives in Peterborough.
Helen Arnold is a travel journalist with over 17 years' experience who has contributed to a wide range of newspapers and magazines, including the Observer, Family Circle, Farmers' Weekly, Harpers, High Life, Optician and Essentials. She was first bitten by the travel bug after a year-long round the world trip in 1992, but has since settled in London where she lives with her husband and two children.
Alexander Ash is a Londoner born and bred. Originally from Tooting and part-raised in Wandsworth, he received an honours degree in Economics from University College London. He has contributed to a number of fascinating trivia titles, including It Just Slipped Out and Boring, Botty and Spong. Alex is also the co-author of the 2012 edition of the bestselling annual Top 10 of Everything.
Jeff Barrett, Robin Turner and Andrew Walsh are the team behind the angling and music blog Caughtbytheriver.net. Their day job is running the independent record label Heavenly Recordings.The book is illustrated throughout with the woodblocks of the artist and writer Robert Gibbings. One time owner of the Golden Cockerel Press and author of numerous books about rivers such as Sweet Thames Runs Softy Gibbings work perfectly completes the mood of the book.
Sarah Bartlett is a renowned astrologer and author. She was astrologer for the Evening Standard for three years up until 2002, and more recently astrologer for Cosmopolitan, Prima and She magazines for five years, and Spirit and Destiny for seven years. She currently contributes to 'Steve Wright in the Afternoon' on BBC Radio 2.She is author of many books on the Tarot and other esoteric arts, including The Mythology Bible and the best-selling Tarot Bible, both published by Godsfield Press.
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.
Eilean Bentley is trained in shiatsu, reiki and acupressure. She teaches in adult education centres and treats patients in the detox unit of a National Health Service hospital. Eilean is author of the best-selling The Essential Massage Book and A Gaia Busy Person's Guide: Indian Head Massage.
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The authors are researchers in the mineralogy and palaeontology departments of the Natural History Museumin London.
Confetti.co.uk is the UK's leading wedding and special occasion website, helping more than 500,000 brides, grooms and guests every month.
Eoghan Corry is an Irish columnist, travel writer, author of sports history, and founding story-editor of the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park, Dublin. He began his journalistic career as a sportswriter with the Irish Times and Sunday Tribune, where he became sports editor and won several awards, and since 2002 has edited Ireland's biggest circulation travel publication, Travel Extra. He is a regular commentator on travel affairs to national newspapers and Irish radio and television, with his weekly travel broadcasts on the RTE 1 radio programme 'Today with Pat Kenny' reaching an average audience of 279,000 listeners.Location: Straffan, Ireland
Dr Douglas Palmer
Dr Douglas Palmer is a science writer and lecturer. His books include The Neanderthal, which accompanied the acclaimed Channel 4 series, Earth Time, The Atlas of the Prehistoric World and Prehistoric Past Revealed (MB). He is a contributor to a variety of publications including New Scientist, Science and BBC Wildlife Magazine. He is currently working on Evolution for Mitchell Beazley (2009).
Storm Dunlop is a former President of the British Astronomical Association. He is based in East Wittering, near Chichester, England.
Helen Farmer-Knowles is a qualified counsellor and aromatherapist. She holds a certificate in the Science of Essential Oils and has been trained in the use of Bach flower Essences. Her current interests are in using vibrational medicine and creating natural products, as well as health and environmental research. She is the author of a number of books including Gaia's The Garden Healer.Location: Dawlish, Devon.
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.
Diarmuid Gavin owns his own garden design business, designing and creating bespoke gardens for both private and commercial clients. He won 2 Gold medals at the Royal Dublin Society and subsequently exhibited at RHS Chelsea 3 times, winning Silver Gilt in 2004 for his Contemporary Suburban Garden.He has been a regular face on television since the pioneering series Home Front with Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen in the late 1990s; a regular slot with Alan Titchmarsh presenting Chelsea and many hit series in his native Ireland. Most recently he has starred to huge acclaim in Rich, Famous and Unemployed and in 71 Degrees North. Diarmuid has written 6 books on garden design including two with Sir Terence Conran.
Piers Gibbon studied Human Sciences at Oxford University (Social Anthropology, Human Ecology, Demography). His final year thesis on Plant Use in Tribal Societies became the basis for an hour-long documentary on Channel Four - Jungle Trip. This followed him on a journey from Kew Gardens (where there is already a plant with his name on the label) to the Amazon to study the ayahuasca ceremony with mestizo shamans around Iquitos and Pucallpa. He also stayed with the Matses tribe where he was put through an ordeal with frog poison and took part in a blowgun competition. He has given lectures on his experiences in the Amazon to the London School of Economics, Bath University and ethnobotanical conferences in Australia and Belgium. He has also presented a six-part TV series on historical food and written and narrated over two hundred hours of science, natural history and adventure documentaries for broadcasters worldwide including the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and National Geographic. He presented a TV documentary, titled 'Headhunters of the Amazon', about the headshrinking traditions of the Shuar people of Ecuador, which was aired on Channel Five in May 2009, and then the National Geographic worldwide. He has been Sony nominated for his radio interview work and is also a regular moderator at conferences worldwide.
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.
Diana Grenfell is a writer and international lecturer on hostas, daylilies, and other horticultural topics. She was a co-founder of the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society and lives in London.