Robert Priest, is the author of fourteen books of poetry, 3 plays, 4 novels, lots of musical CDS, and one hit song. His words have been debated in the legislature, posted in the Transit system, quoted in the Farmer’s Almanac, and sung on Sesame Street. His book Reading the Bible Backwards (ECW) peaked at number two on the Canadian poetry charts, its sales exceeded only by those of Leonard Cohen. A new album of songs and spoken word pieces, Love is Hard, is available on Spotify and YouTube. A new book of poems, If I Didn’t Love the River, is due out in 2022 with ECW press. He is also the author of the Young Adult fantasy trilogy Spell Crossed (Dundurn Press).
Hermione Lee is a biographer and critic whose work includes biographies of Virginia Woolf, Edith Wharton and Penelope Fitzgerald. She has also written books on Elizabeth Bowen, Philip Roth and Willa Cather, and a collection of essays on life-writing, Body Parts. She was awarded the Biographers’ Club Prize for Exceptional Contribution to Biography in 2018. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, she was made a CBE and in 2013, she was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship.
Daisy Johnson is the youngest author ever shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, with her first novel Everything Under in 2018. Her short story collection Fen, received the 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize. She lives in Oxford, England.
Samantha Harvey is the author of three novels; Dear Thief, All Is Song and The Wilderness, which won the Betty Trask Prize. Her books have been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Guardian First Book Award, and the James Tait Black Prize, as well as longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women’s Prize. She lives in Bath, UK, and teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University.
Mohammed is an artist born and raised in London, who uses sound as a medium of expression and communication. Starting as a self-taught artist, he is a recent graduate from Goldsmiths University studying a Masters in Sonic arts. His works include elements of found sound, experimental and improvised music whose compositions tend to draw from the immediate environment using an array of recording techniques in order to capture and sculpt his unique sonic creations. Through collaborations with artists from different practices and approaches, he has been able to incorporate moving image, theatre and performance into his artistic approach.
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston’s Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne have been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death was broadcast on BBC1. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.