Over 20 years ago while living in Japan's ancient capital Kyoto, Timothy d'Offay became fascinated by tea culture and the tea growing areas around the city. Using Japan as a base, he soon started to explore the tea traditions of Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong as well. These experiences led him to start importing tea in the late 1990s from the people and places he had visited and in 2000 he co-founded East Teas at Borough Market with the tea expert Alex Fraser. Since then he has travelled extensively to many of the world's most famous tea producing areas. Timothy is the owner and founder of Postcard Teas.
The Daily Street
Founded in 2009, The Daily Street is one of the world's leading destinations for up-to-date news, reviews and features on men's fashion and lifestyle, from the biggest stories in streetwear to the latest news in music, art and live events.Based in London, the DS team work closely with brands and retailers - from small independent start-ups to global leaders - to bring together a curated edit of happenings in the streetwear world. Whether it's exclusive interviews with key industry names, commissioned videos and photo shoots, exclusive music content or articles covering everything from classic sneakers to news on the very latest releases, The Daily Street is one of the most highly respected voices in streetwear.
ABI DAKER is a British illustrator who lives and works in Cyprus with her husband and son. She studied Art at the University of Reading and has since worked on children's books and as an archaeological illustrator; she also specialises in illustrated maps and architectural subjects. Her LONGEST DOT TO DOT books express her passion for exploring the graphic and linear qualities of the world in an imaginative and engaging new way. She also paints and draws the mediterranean landscapes of her home in Paphos.
Dr David Sands
Dr David Sands is a leading animal behaviour counsellor specializing in the treatment of dogs, cats, birds, horses and exotic pets. He is an internationally established pet author whose books include Hamlyn's Know Your Dog, The Family Dog and Cats: 500 Questions Answered.
From a background in teaching, Abigail Steel has become a respected expert in the field of Synthetic Phonics and a regular contributor to educational publications. Her successful education consultancy supports parents and teachers in the promotion of literacy skills. She is a passionate advocate of Synthetic Phonics:"Synthetic Phonics is an incredibly powerful tool, enabling huge leaps in early years' literacy. Built upon these principles, I Love Reading Phonics helps children read and spell more confidently and more efficiently. The results are amazing!" - Abigail Steel.
Caroline Davis is a freelance pet writer and the author of numerous pet-care books, including Cat Basics and Puppy Taming, part of Hamlyn's All Colour Petcare series.Location: Spalding, Lincolnshire.
David Day was born and brought up in Canada. He has published more than twenty books in the fields of poetry, ecology, natural history, fantasy and mythology and a number of award-winning children's books. His writing has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. His enduring fascination with complex mythologies led him to J.R.R. Tolkien.
Zoé de Las Cases
Zoé de Las Cases is artistic director of a creative agency in Paris.
Jenny Deanhas worked with dye plants and their natural dyes for over 30 years. She is the author of The Craft of Natural Dyeing, and Natural Dyeing without Chemicals. She regularly runs workshops and courses on natural dyeing and has a large collection of naturally-dyed textiles from around the world.
Dr Anne Deans DCh, MFFP, MRCGP, MRCOG, contributing editor and chief consultant, is Consultant Obstetrician at Frimley Park Hospital, Surrey.
Anna del Conte
Anna Del Conte is one of the greatest living experts on Italian food. Born in Milan, she read History and Philosophy before leaving for London in 1949 where she quickly became the first cookery writer in England to specialise in Italian food. Both Nigella and Delia cite her as their favourite Italian food writer and her culinary expertise has been acknowledged with countless awards.
F. G. Delamotte
Freeman Gage Delamotte (1814-1862) was a master draughtsman and engraver, with a desire to make the essential and beautiful accessible. From his studios on London's Strand he published a series of books of designs and letterforms for artists and designers: these went on to become best-sellers, reprinting repeatedly through the Victorian age and dramatically influencing the aesthetics and applied arts of the entire era.
Håkan Delin is a well-known field ornithologist and bird artist. He lives in Sweden.
The Design Museum
The Design Museum's mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.
Paul Devereux is a member of the Society for Scientific Exploration (USA), the Scientific & Medical Network, and the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (USA). He is a research fellow for the Princeton-based International Consciousness Research Laboratories Group and is co-founder and editor of the journal, Time and Mind. He has produced documentaries for Channel 4's Equinox and Secrets of the Dead, and his books include The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ancient Earth Mysteries, The Sacred Place and Symbolic Landscapes.Location: Gloucestershire, UK
Gill Dickinson is a well-known crafts expert whose popular projects for adults and children have appeared in numerous books and magazines.
Difford's Guide was established in 2001 and is now recognised internationally as the world's cocktail expert. It is the author of an exhaustive cocktails website, and the well-known Difford's Guide Cocktails Encyclopaedia.
Brian Dilg is a photographer, filmmaker, writer, and educator. Founding chair of the Photography department of New York Film Academy, he has also served as a spokesperson for Canon, for whom he created a series of photography tutorials.He has been involved in photography since childhood, growing up in the darkroom under the tutelage of his father and grandfather, both avid amateur photographers. His work has since been exhibited and collected worldwide, and published in the New York Times, Time Out, the Village Voice, and on book covers for Simon and Schuster, Hyperion, Doubleday, and others.
Leon was founded on the twin principles that food can both Taste Good and Do You Good.When Henry Dimbleby, John Vincent and Allegra McEvedy opened their first restaurant, on London's Carnaby Street in July 2004, their aim was to change the face of fast food. Six months after opening, Leon was named the Best New Restaurant in Great Britain at the Observer Food Monthly Awards (by a judging panel that included Rick Stein, Gordon Ramsay, Nigel Slater, Heston Blumenthal, Ruth Rogers and Jay Rayner). There are now nine restaurants serving over 50,000 people a week.
Robert Dimery is a freelance writer and editor who has worked on Tony Wilson's 24 Hour Party People, Pump Up the Volume: A History of House, and 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, plus countless other popular music publications. He has also contributed to books on classic albums and classic singles, and has worked for a variety of magazines, including Time Out London and Vogue. He lives in London.