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Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with about seventy books to his name. Recent translations include Gonçalo M. Tavares’s Plague Diary, Juan Pablo Villalobos’s I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me and (in a co-translation) the memoir of football manager Arsène Wenger. His work has won him the International Dublin Literary Award and the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize, among many others. He is a past chair of the UK writers’ union The Society of Authors, and the Translators Association.

Robert Macfarlane s a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the author of a number of bestselling and prize-winning books, including The Wild PlacesThe Old WaysLandmarks and Underland, which won the Wainwright Prize. His work has been translated into many languages and widely adapted for film, television and radio. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded him the E.M. Forster Award for Literature in 2017. He is a word-collector and mountain-climber – and he has three children who have taught him more about the world than any book.

Ben Macintyre is the multimillion-copy bestselling author of books including The Spy and the TraitorA Spy Among Friends and Operation Mincemeat, which will be a feature film starring Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen. He is a columnist and Associate Editor at The Times and has worked as the newspaper’s correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He regularly presents BBC series based on his acclaimed books.

Hollie McNish is an award-winning poet based between Cambridge and Glasgow. She won the Ted Hughes Award for Nobody Told Me and has published three other collections – PlumCherry Pie and Papers.

Jackie Morris grew up in the Vale of Evesham and studied at Hereford College of Arts and at Bath Academy. She won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, the highest honour in children’s book illustration, for The Lost Words. She has illustrated for the New Statesman, the Independent and the Guardian, collaborated with Ted Hughes, and has written and illustrated over 40 books, including beloved classics such as The Snow LeopardThe Ice BearSong of the Golden Hare and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. Morris lives in a cottage on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire.

Louise Hare is a London-based writer and editor with an M.A. in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, University of London. In 2016, her short story The Odyssey of Dee Lennox was shortlisted for the Just Write Creative Writing Competition, and in 2017 she was a finalist for the prestigious Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. This Lovely City is her first novel.

Ann Cleeves is the author of over 30 critically acclaimed novels. In 2017 she was awarded the CWA Diamond Dagger, the highest accolade in crime writing. She is the creator of detectives Vera Stanhope and Jimmy Perez. The TV series (ITV’s Vera and BBC One’s Shetland) and the books have become international sensations. Cleeves is a member of ‘Murder Squad’, working with other British northern writers to promote crime fiction. She is also a passionate champion for libraries and was a National Libraries Day Ambassador in 2016. Ann lives in North Tyneside near where the Vera books are set.

Priya Basil was born in London to a family with Indian roots and grew up in Nairobi. She is an author and essay-writer whose work has been nominated for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She is the co-founder of Authors for Peace, a political platform for writers and artists. She lives in Berlin.