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Colin Beveridge

Colin Beveridge can't understand why maths isn't the most popular subject on the planet, and spends his life trying to make it so. After a PhD from St Andrews, he worked on NASA's Living With A Star program before returning to the UK in 2008. When he's not writing, teaching, or speaking about maths, he's looking after his young sons or running on south Dorset's excellent cycle path network.

Dominic Roskrow

Dominic Roskrow is an award-winning drinks writer who has been a journalist for more than 20 years. He edits Whiskeria, the world's biggest whisky magazine, and writes regularly for Whisky Magazine (of which he was Editor for four years), Harpers, Drinks International, Malt Advocate, and Rupert Murdoch;s new iPad newspaper, The Daily. Author of The World's Best Whiskies - 750 Unmissable Drams from Train to Tokyo (2010), Need To Know Whiskies (2008), and Collins Gems: Whisky (2009), Dominic has visited most of the distilleries of Scotlandm Ireland, and America, and travels regularly to distilleries around the world in search of new drams. In 2007 he received the Scotch whisky industry's highest honour when he was made a Keeper of the Quaich, and in2010 he was made a Kentucky Colonel, Kentucky's highest honour.

Emma Spitzer

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.

Heather Couper

Heather Couper is a past President of both the British Astronomical Association and the Society for Popular Astronomy. She is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute of Physics, and a former Millennium Commissioner, for which she was awarded the CBE in 2007.

Jake Spicer

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

Joanna Farrow

Joanna Farrow loves having fun with her food, having giving cakes and cookies a whole new look in Dress Your Cake and Dress Your Gingerbread. A home economist and food writer, she has also contributed to numerous food magazines and has written a number of other titles, including Ready Steady Cook for Kids, Good Fast Family Food, Cake and Peek-a-boo Cakes.

Judith Miller

Judith Miller began collecting in the 1960s while a student at Edinburgh University in Scotland. She has since extended and reinforced her knowledge of antiques through international research, becoming one of the world's leading experts in the field. In 1979 she co-founded the international best-seller Miller's Antiques Price Guide and has since written more than 100 books which are held in high regard by collectors and dealers.Judith Miller appears regularly on TV and radio. She is an expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow and has co-hosted the popular BBC series The House Detectives, ITV's Antiques Trail, and Discovery's It's Your Bid. She has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and CNN. She is a regular lecturer and contributor to numerous newspapers and magazines, including the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, BBC Homes & Antiques and House & Garden. She has lectured extensively, including at the V&A in London and the Smithsonian in Washington.

Kay Plunkett-Hogge

Kay Plunkett-Hogge is an acclaimed food and drinks writer, and the author of Adventures Of A Terribly Greedy Girl (Mitchell Beazley, 2017), A Sherry And 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 which 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, Delicious and Olive, and has published recipes in The Times, Hello and Borough Market's Market Life magazine.And her next book, Aperitivo: Drinks And Snacks For The Dolce Vita, will be published by Mitchell Beazley in June.She lives in London with her husband, two cats and a dog.

Kirsten Kearney

Kirsten Kearney has been a games journalist for a decade. She began her career as a researcher and producer in broadcasting at the BBC. She is the author of an eBook for Gameleon on freelance games journalism and was section editor for Guinness World Records: Gamers Edition for two years. Kirsten owns and runs the games media website www.ready-up.net, which has been nominated for a Games Media award four years running. Having written a variety of in-depth pieces on various game genres and specific series and franchises over the last 10 years, Kirsten has a particular interest in Minecraft. She has given radio interviews on the subject and runs a children's Minecraft server whose world is impressive enough to have had a fly-through of it screened in a cinema.

Mark Irving

Mark Irving has been an art and architecture writer for numerous newspapers, including The Times, the Financial Times, the Independent on Sunday, the Guardian, and Scotsman as well as magazines such as Domus, Blueprint, Prospect, Time, L'Espresso, New Statesman, and Knack Weekend. He wrote and presented FIVE's critically acclaimed three-part television series 'The Story of Art Deco', broadcast in 2003. Mark has contributed essays to numerous books and catalogues, and conceived and produced the "Flip" book for the Serpentine Gallery's Talks Marathon in 2006.

Michael Freeman

Michael Freeman, professional photographer and best-selling author, was born in England in 1945, took a Masters in Geography at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and then worked in advertising in London for six years. In 1971 he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon with two secondhand cameras, and when Time-Life used many of the pictures he came back with, he embarked on a full-time photographic career.Since then, working for clients that include all the world's major magazines, most notably the Smithsonian Magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories over 30 years), Freeman's reputation as one of the world's leading reportage photographers has been consolidated. Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.Freeman's books on photography have been translated into 27 languages.

Nancy Kline

Nancy created and pioneered the development of The Thinking Environment and is Founder and President of Time To Think. A published author and public speaker, she also teaches Time To Think courses, leads the Time To Think Faculty and delivers keynote presentations around the world.Time To Think began in 1984 and grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where she had served as a Founding Director of The Thornton Friends School for twelve years and as Director of The Leadership Institute for six years. She is a Fellow of Ashridge Management College, UK, and the International Listening Association's Listener of the Year 2010.Nancy was born and raised in New Mexico and lives in England with her husband, Christopher Spence.

Neil Beckett

Neil Beckett's interest in wine stretches back for many years, so much so that his MBA dissertation was on White Burgundy. He has spent time in Burgundy, and has also qualified for the WSET Diploma, graduating with distinction. As well as working for wine shipping company Richards Walford, he has also worked at Harpers Wine & Spirit Weekly where he was a contributing editor for many years and in 2004 became the first editor of the critically-acclaimed, leading wine magazine, The World of Wine, on which he works with Hugh Johnson and Andrew Jefford. He is one of two UK tasters on the Grand Jury Européen du vin and his wine writing has won prizes.

Nigel Henbest

Nigel Henbest has been Astronomy Consultant to New Scientist magazine, Editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and Media Consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. He is also a Future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic.

Orla Kiely

Orla Kiely is the visionary and founder of a global brand. An expert on print and colour, she has created a world that is renowned for its individual voice and unique perspective on both fashion and homeware. Her flagship store in London's Covent Garden is the epicentre of a global business that has won four prestigious UK Fashion Export Awards. Her work is presented at London Fashion Week, and extends into luggage, stationery, gardening and homeware. The Orla Kiely design studio has collaborated with leading brands such as Heal's, Clarks, Apple and Uniqlo.

Peter Furtado

Peter Furtado has been the editor of History Today magazine since 1998. He holds degrees in History and Art History from Oxford University and has edited many reference works on world history, including the Atlas of World History which was 'wholly admirable...a great achievement' (Daily Telegraph). He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Rebekka Guoleifsdottir

Rebekka GuðleifsdÓttir has been named the Web's Top Photographer by The Wall Street Journal, and her work has won her admirers around the world, appearing in The Guardian, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, and Playboy. As well as being a photographer and artist, she designs and knits custom sweaters, and dabbles in animation and video. She lives in Iceland with her boyfriend, border collie, and two teenage sons.

Robert Dimery

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.

Sarah Bartlett

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.

Sarah Skeate

Sarah Skeate graduated from Kingston University with a degree in Illustration in 2000. Soon discovering that the world was a strange and hostile place after the sweet comforts of institutional life, she beat a hasty retreat to the art department's supply cupboard where she squatted for six months, living on a diet of crayons and sugar paper. Following her detection and subsequent ejection, she reluctantly returned to the outer world, where she became a successful author and illustrator of several arts and crafts and children's titles. A little dark, a little quirky, but always uplifting and loveable, her drawings may make you wonder whether Ms Skeate ever really left that cupboard. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.