Rae Spencer-Jones studied horticulture before joining the editorial team of Gardens Illustrated magazine. Now a freelance horticultural journalist and author, she has written on all areas of horticulture for a wide range of gardening publications, including the gardening pages of the Daily Telegraph and The Times, Gardener's World magazine, and Gardens Illustrated. Her own book, Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe, was published by Kyle Cathie in 2005. Contributors include: Caroline Holmes, Erica Hunnungher, Christine Reid, Barbara Reid, Barbara Segall and Naomi Slade.
OLIVIA SPERANZA is the star behind the go-to review site for videographers OliviaTech.com, a blog featuring video reviews of all the latest camera technology plus tutorials and shooting advice. Olivia has worked as a presenter for Satellite TV show MYX-Rated, and lives in the San Francisco area.
Jake Spicer is an artist and drawing tutor based in Brighton, England. He is head tutor at the independent drawing school Draw, a co-director of the Drawing Circus and regularly runs portrait and figure drawing courses for the Camden Arts Centre and National Portrait Gallery.www.jakespicerart.co.uk@BrightonDrawing
Anna Spiro is a Brisbane-based interior designer with a passion for vibrant colour. In addition to running her renowned interior design practice and shop, Black & Spiro, Anna is the author of an internationally acclaimed blog, Absolutely Beautiful Things. She has a flair for layering fabrics and textiles with antiques and special one-off pieces to create a diverse and inspiring space full of individual charm.
Emma Spitzer was born and raised in Brighton, southern England, to Jewish parents of Polish and Russian descent.Following her success on reaching the final of BBC 1's MasterChef, Emma has been in high demand. She has been teaching cookery classes and demonstrating at food festivals, running sell-out supper clubs and catering for private dining events. Emma's popularity on the show is evident through her social media following, with more than 50,000 followers on Twitter. She lives in north London with her husband, four young daughters and their cat.
Steven Wooster is an award-winning photographer and former garden design graduate at Capel Manor, who can commnicated key garden design concepts through the camera lens. Steven also lives in London.
Victoria Stilwell was born and raised in Wimbledon and is best known for her role as the host of Channel 4's hit TV series It's Me or the Dog. Stilwell has been featured in numerous magazines and journals, has appeared on countless television and radio shows, and her popular Positively Podcast series is heard by listeners worldwide.
Siobhan Stirling is a BBC producer and journalist who writes regularly for national parenting magazines, including Practical Parenting and New Baby. She is the mother of two and having used the strategies outlined in this book is now enjoying peaceful nights!
Alice Storey is originally from Tazmania and now lives in London. She has had many years of experience as a Home Economist and currently works as such on UKTV Food's Market Kitchen. Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook: 200 Super Salads is her first book.
Dick & James Strawbridge are experts in the Good Life - and it's the life they've led at Newhouse Farm, their smallholding in Cornwall, in the southwest of England. On just 3 acres of land in the midst of a village they've produced an abundance of good things to eat and drink: fruits and vegetables that they eat fresh, juice, ferment and preserve, pigs for ham, sausages, salamis and bacon, a mixed flock of birds for eggs and eating, and bees for honey - to name a few. It's been a lifestyle driven by their desire to eat well every day.Dick & James appear regularly on TV in the UK and Australia. The whole family featured on the BBC's It's Not Easy Being Green--which documented their move to Newhouse Farm. Dick is a regular host of C4's Scrapheap Challenge, contributes frequently to Coast on the BBC and last year came 2nd place on the BBC's Celebrity Masterchef, showcasing his cooking talent.Dick & James will appear together on ITV1's The Hungry Sailors from Spring 2012, and there's more to come. When they're not on location, tending the garden, feeding the animals or cooking and eating, they're spreading the word and sharing what they've learned. Previous books include It's Not Easy Being Green (BBC Books) and Practical Self-Sufficiency (DK).
Arizona-based Jenny Strebe is author of the blog Confessions of Hairstylist and has been working with hair for over 14 years, including a 6-year stint with Tony & Guy. Her work has been featured in 944, Dwell, Lifestyles as well as on the TV on NBC and TLC and several other national media outlets. Jenny currently contributes to a number of blogs and Confessions of a Hairstylist was named one of the top hair blogs by Latest Hairstyles and Indiechick.
Yazur Strovoz is Canadian and lives in Montreal. Yazur has loved drawing and building cities ever since he was a kid. He started building LEGO cities at the age of six and pursued this for four years, until his friend introduced him to Minecraft. His greatest achievement to date is Lapiz City Point, one of the most realistic and detailed cities on Minecraft. The city boasts 1,000 realistic buildings, a tramway train system, a subway train system and functional roads.
Jane Struthers is an astrologer, tarot reader, healer and writer. She is the astrologer for Bella, one of Britain's bestselling women's magazines. She has appeared on many television and radio programmes and is the author of a number of books, including The Palmistry Bible, The Art of Tea-leaf Reading and 8 Ways to Tell Your Fortune.
Having joined Farrow & Ball over 19 years ago, Joa Studholme has amassed a vast wealth of experience. From developing the new colours to consulting on design projects, Joa has worked with the paints and papers every day on both residential and commercial projects. A self-confessed 'colour-geek', Joa's passion for interior design and colour means her own home is under constant renovation and she claims to redecorate it at least once a month.
Deyan Sudjic is a writer, broadcaster and director of the Design Museum. Before his post at the Design Museum, he was the design and architecture critic for The Observer, the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Kingston University and co-chair of the Urban Age Advisory Board. He is a leading figure in the field of architectural theory.
Karen Sullivan is a highly regarded journalist, qualified nutritionist and bestselling author of many health and nutrition books for adults and children, including Natural Healthcare for Children, Organic Living in 10 Simple Lessons and Vitamins and Minerals: An Illustrated Guide. She is a nutritional consultant to many high-profile authors and lectures widely on women's health issues.
Lee Suttey completed his degree in illustration at Portsmouth University, gaining a first class BA (Hons). He then continued his education with a masters in sequential design and illustration, before going on to work for various multimedia and graphic design agencies. He now works as a freelance graphic designer for print and screen under the name Visual Function. Lee has also taken part in a touring exhibition with his Artist Book work called Changing Pages, curated by the Collins Gallery. He loves using his sketchbooks and drawing to generate ideas, and this is where his love of hand-drawn type originates.
Kate Sutton is a marathon-running, yoga-loving illustrator based in the north-west of England. She loves to travel and finds inspiration everywhere she goes. The natural world, patterns and hand-drawn type are common themes in her work, which has been published in several books and magazines.
Lars Svensson is one of Europe's leading ornithologists, and a member of the taxonomic sub-committee of the British Ornithologists' Union. He is the author of the best-selling Collins Bird Guide (£25.00), which is widely regarded as the definitive reference guide for European birders - though far too large to use in the field. He lives in Sweden.
Ross Symons has developed a business out of his paper-folding side project. While working for a large ad agency in Cape Town, South Africa, Ross started an origami-themed Instagram account. Having pledged to make one origami piece each day for a year, Ross has no shortage of ideas - or experience. Now, he folds paper full time.