Jane Snedden Peever
Jane's natural talent for creating patterns has led her to teaching classes in mandala-making in her native Canada. She also creates her unique hand-drawn mandalas for colouring books and online publications. Her previously published work encompasses her other great skill in fiber arts, including books of her unique designs for Aran sweaters.
Beth Penn is a professional organizer, speaker and life hacker. "Overwhelming" is a word that Beth has heard often over her 10+ years servicing clients on physical and digital clutter. She is the founder of the thriving professional organizing business Bneato Bar, whose clients range from corporations looking for big-picture time management solutions to the busy individual simply flooded with email, paper and stuff. She has been appeared on the The Today Show for her Naked Inbox workshop, which helps people declutter their email inboxes.Penn has been featured in Real Simple Magazine, Oh Joy!, DesignLoveFest, and more, and has collaborated on projects with Style by Emily Henderson and Apartment Therapy. She has further connections to Houzz, The Huffington Post, Ban.do, Pop Sugar, The Body Book blog, "Elise Gets Crafty" Podcast, The OWN Show, the LA Times, Poketo, Room + Board, West Elm, The Unique Space, The Unique CAMP and Yellow Conference.Discover more about Beth at www.Bneatobar.com or on Twitter and Instagram @bneatobar
Tejvan Pettinger lives and works as a teacher in Oxford, where he originally studied PPE at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University. He is a contributor to the Economic Review and writes regularly on economics. He is also the editor of www.economicshelp.org.
Megan C Hayes PhD
Megan C Hayes is a groundbreaking researcher and pioneer of the Positive Journal® approach to personal writing (www.positivejournal.org). She has spent a decade studying writing and the psychology of happiness, and discovering ways that writing makes us happier. She is an academic in the fields of Positive Psychology and Creative Writing, with a personal interest in mental health issues after growing up with a mother and sister who both experienced bipolar episodes. Megan's interdisciplinary PhD explored writing as a tool to promote and support psychological wellbeing. She has shared her research in the UK, United States and Europe, including papers in The International Journal of Wellbeing and Writing in Practice: The Journal of Creative Writing Research. She is a co-founder of Creative Writing Lab: The Network for Research in Creative Writing and Wellbeing (www.creativewritinglab.org), and continues to be fascinated with how words and writing can create happiness.
Sue Phillips is a qualified horticulturist and well-known gardening writer. Until recently, she was President of the Cottage Garden Society. She lives in West Sussex, England, and has a cottage garden.
Consultant editor, Andy Philips adviser to the Geographical Association
Robin N. Phillips
Dr Robin N. Phillips, chief consultant and contributing editor, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Robin is also a practising gynaecologist.
Louise Pickford has worked as a food writer and stylist for 15 years. She regularly contributes to food magazines such as Delicious, Australian Good Taste and Gourmet Traveller. She is the author of Fresh Baked, 30-minute Food for Friends and Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Veggie Feasts.
Tim Pilcher is a comic book expert, historian, journalist, and lecturer. He has worked as an assistant editor at DC Comics Vertigo imprint, and has written comic strips for the BBC, De Agostini, and the Young Telegraph. He was also associate editor of Comics International and has written numerous books on comics including the Complete Cartooning Course and The Essential Guide to World Comics with Brad Brooks, and Erotic Comics: A Graphic History Volumes 1 & 2. He is a co-founder and current Chair of the Comic Book Alliance, "The Voice of the British comics industry .
Award-winning and highly qualified Medicinal Chef Dale Pinnock is the pre-eminent voice in eating for good health. A vocal, passionate and down-to-earth expert on the beneficial effects food can have on our health, Dale's enthusiasm and delicious recipes have proved irresistible during his many TV and radio appearances.Dale is the bestselling author of The Medicinal Chef: Eat your Way to Better Health and the Guild of Food Writers award-winning Eat Your Way to Better Health, The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day and The Power of Three; a ground-breaking series of books to target specific ailments - diabetes, depression, heart disease and digestion. Dale also the resident chef and nutritionist on ITV's Eat, Shop, Save, series 2 of which is coming out this Summer.Find out more about Dale on Twitter @dale_pinnock, Instagram @themedicinalchef and at www.dalepinnock.com.
Andrea Piparo was born in Rome in 1990, where he graduated from art school in via Ripetta and continued his studies by attending the illustration course at the International School of Comics. He has appeared in various collective exhibitions, produced several portraits on commission, and contributed to the 2013 calendar of the Italian National Police. He has also exhibited at various events such as Fantastika, Dozza (Bologna) in 2014 and at Wow Comics Space (Milan) in 2015. He currently lives and works in Castelnuovo di Porto in the province of Rome.
George Plumptre is an author, journalist, and lecturer, acknowledged as an international authority on gardens and gardening. From 1993-1996 he was the gardening correspondent for The Times. He has lectured on a wide range of garden subjects in Britain, the USA, and South Africa, and has contributed articles to such publications as Country Life, Homes & Gardens, The Daily Telegraph, Architectural Digest (USA) and Conde Nast House & Garden (South Africa). George's gardening titles include Collins Book of British Gardens, The Latest Country Gardens, Garden Ornament, The Garden Makers, Great Gardens, Great Designers, Classic Planting and Royal Gardens of Europe (Mitchell Beazley, 2005). George lives in Tonbridge in Kent.
Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Aperitivo (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry & A Little Plate Of Tapas (Mitchell Beazley, 2016), Heat: Cooking With Chillies (Quercus, 2016) and Make Mine A Martini (Mitchell Beazley, 2014).In addition to her own books, Kay has co-authored a further six books, working with the award-winning chef Bryn Williams on his two books Bryn's Kitchen and For The Love Of Veg, Academy Award nominated actor Stanley Tucci on his second cookbook The Tucci Table, and with the American pizza guru Chris Bianco. She also co-wrote Leon: Family and Friends with John Vincent and Cook Yourself Thin: Quick and Easy.Born and brought up in 1970s Bangkok, Kay spent her childhood between two kitchens - inside for Western food, outside for Thai - before forging an international career in the film and fashion industries. It is an experience that has given her an in-depth knowledge of cuisines from all over the world.Kay began her food career when she set up a bespoke location catering service for fashion shoots. Since then, and in addition to her writing, she has worked as a food consultant for a variety of restaurants and bars, including Leon, The Formosa Café, Isola del Sole, Ma Goa and The Luang Prabang Motorcycle Club.Her cult book, Make Mine A Martini, was the Financial Times's pick for drinks book of the year, led to her induction into the Gin Guild (in the words of Heston Blumenthal: 'She shakes a damn fine cocktail.') and her writing regularly on cocktails for The Daily Telegraph and Sainsbury's Magazine. She has also written for the FT Weekend and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market's Market Life magazine. Kay currently writes a monthly column for Delicious.She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.
Arthur Potts Dawson
Arthur Potts Dawson is passionate about good food, eating well and making the most of what's fresh, local and seasonal. He was trained by the Roux brothers, Rowley Leigh and Pierre Koffmann. He went on to be head chef for Ruth Rogers & Rose Gray at the River Café, the Soho House Group at Cecconi's, Jamie Oliver at Fifteen and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at River Cottage HQ. He founded London eco-restaurants Acorn House and Water House for the Shoreditch Trust, and the annual Mrs Paisley's Lashings pop-ups with Jo Wood.Arthur has appeared on the BBC's Market Kitchen on numerous occasions, had his own show in C4's latest Food Fight season alongside Gordon, Jamie,Hugh and Heston, and was featured on C4's The People's Supermarket documentary this Spring. Arthur lives in London and Somerset with his partner and two children, and he's working on his next restaurant.
Michael Powell studied English Language and Literature at Manchester University before spending three years at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, training to be an actor. He then spent five years as an internationally unknown professional actor and musical director. In 1996, Michael entered publishing and became assistant editor at BCA for two years. In 2001, Michael became a freelance writer and editor. Since then, he has established a reputation for writing a wide range of books for adults and children.
Alan Powers, the General Editor of this revised edition, is Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich School of Architecture and Landscape, London. He has published several books and monographs on English architecture, interiors and decorative arts including Modern: The Modern Movement in Britain and the bestselling Living with Books (also Mitchell Beazley) which was translated in 6 languages. He is a regular contributor to Country Life, Grand Designs magazine and The Spectator.
Peter Prescott has worked with Terence Conran since 2001 for the Conran Restaurants group. Before this he garnered experience at Claridge's and Grosvenor House on Park Lane. In 2006 Peter and Terence formed a new company called Prescott & Conran Ltd., the venture responsible for the award-winning Boundary Hotel, Restaurant and Rooftop, plus Albion Café, Bakery and Shop, and Lutyens Restaurant, Bar and Cellar Rooms in London's Fleet Street.
Trevor was born in Lynton, North Devon where he was the youngest son of nine siblings. He was thrown out of Sunday School at the age of 9 for refusing to sing All Things Bright and Beautiful when it was pissing down outside. Trevor moved to Wedmore, Somerset in 1995. He is the founder the Turnip Prize and various other events in the village. Trevor lives with his partner Amanda and has a son Radford.
Roger Pring is a graphic designer, lecturer, photographic enthusiast and collector. He was project director of the original Photographer's Handbook, and is the author of several Ilex Press books on computer-aided design, typography and the internet. He was also publisher of The Wine Diary and runs a cookery school in Burgundy.
Based in Paris, France, Francesca Proptopapa is a professional graphic designer and illustrator whose work lends itself to the meticulous style of dot-to-dotting. She is influenced by a variety of interests such as painting, film, photography, fashion, entertainment and travel. Frequently featuring in exhibitions around France and Italy.