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.
Ashley Davis Bush
Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW is a psychotherapist with 30 years of experience in the mental health field. She is a freelance writer and the author of eight self-help books. She is also a grief counsellor and an expert in stress management, self-care and self-compassion skills. She lives in New Hampshire, USA with her husband, also a psychotherapist. They have five grown children.
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.
Kerry Daynes is a Consultant Forensic Psychologist. She is often consulted in major police investigations and is a trusted government advisor concerning the safe management of high-risk individuals. Kerry's work has been widely reported on in the press. She also provides commentary for international television networks, including The History Channel, Discovery, CBS Reality, The Crime & Investigation Network and BBC International. Kerry is a mental health advocate and is a patron of the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Talking2Minds. Twitter: @KerryDaynes.
Zoé de Las Cases
Zoé de Las Cases is artistic director of a creative agency in Paris.
Rachel De Thample
Rachel de Thample has worked in the kitchens of Marco Pierre White, Heston Blumenthal and Peter Gordon. She is the author of Less Meat, More Veg and Tonics & Teas, was Commissioning Editor of Waitrose Food Illustrated and Head of Food for the organic box scheme Abel & Cole. She has helped set up numerous local food initiatives, including the award-winning Crystal Palace Food Market and the Edible Garden, and currently runs preserving courses at River Cottage in Devon, runs seasonal Market Table pop-up dinners and writes for The Simple Things and Locavore magazines.
Jenny Dean has been working with natural dyes for four decades. She lectures on natural dyeing and has written widely on the subject. Her books include Colours from Nature and A Heritage of Colour.
Liz Dean is an author, teacher and tarot/divination practitioner. She is guest reader at Psychic Sisters within Selfridges, London, and runs a private practice for a global client list. Liz has presented at the UK Tarot Conference, London, at Reader's Studio, New York (2016, 2017), and the London Tarot Festival (2018); she taught at the prestigious Omega Institute, New York State, as part of the Master of Tarot programme (2018). She currently teaches at Crystal Moon Emporium, Sunderland (tea-cup reading, crystal-ball reading, pendulums, crystal-casting, and beginner and intermediate tarot). A former editor with a twenty-five-year career in illustrated book publishing and former co-editor of Kindred Spirit magazine, Liz is the author of seventeen divination decks and books. She lives by the sea in Roker, Sunderland, in north-east England.
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.
Guillaume Delalande is a French journalist. For the last 15 years, he's been covering tech and gaming for national TV channels LCI and M6. Through his passion for gaming and history, he quickly became interested in the Assassin's Creed franchise.
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.
Eve Simmons and Laura Dennison
Eve Simmons and Laura Dennison, both of whom are survivors of eating disorders, are the co-founders of Not Plant Based. Eve and Laura are both full-time journalists; Eve works at the Mail on Sunday and Laura is currently freelance, following a stint at The Press Association.When Laura saw Eve being interviewed on the BBC Documentary Clean Eating's Dirty Secrets she decided to approach her about founding a new website, Not Plant Based. Their website covers a broad range of topics from nutritional advice to restaurant tips, physical fitness to mental health, and features interviews with a wide range of chefs, food writers and influencers, including Jay Rayner, Ella Mills and Adam Richman. Since being founded in September 2016, the blog has received coverage in The Times, the Telegraph, the Metro, the Evening Standard and the Mirror, among others, and it has already attracted a growing social media following.
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.