Hephzibah is currently a columnist at Prospect magazine, feature writer for BBC Culture and Fiction Editor at the Mail on Sunday. She’s a regular contributor to The Observer and BBC Culture, judged the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Award, the Author’s Society’s Betty Trask Award and the PEN New Voices Prize. and moderated numerous events at the Southbank Centre, the London Book Fair and Jewish Book Week.
Hannah worked in television as a producer and commissioning editor for the BBC, Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel USA before becoming a full-time author and journalist. She is a book critic and features writer for a range of publications including the Observer, the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and the Sunday Express, and is a regular chair at literary festivals and publishing events across the UK.
Leah is a leading presenter on the BBC Newsround team and a regular reporter for BBC Breakfast. She has also presented for Radio 5 Live and BBC Sport news reports for BBC News at One and the BBC News channel. She is also responsible for creating Wild Five, a mini-series for Newsround in which she searched the country for the UK’s most endangered animals.
Alistair is the Defence and Security correspondent for Sky News, covering global security and diplomatic issues from conflict to counter-terrorism. He regularly reports from the frontlines in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and North Korea. He also writes a regular “Letter from…” column for the London Evening Standard on international affairs.
Cindy has been a journalist for over 30 years and for the past ten she has written the editorial for Henley Life Magazine, a bespoke monthly magazine for Henley covering most subjects. She regularly hosts and interviews for Henley Literary Festival events, and for eight years she also ran shows and presented on Regatta Radio specifically for Henley Royal Regatta.
Writer and broadcaster, Sue has presented a range of programmes and documentaries for radio and television – including The Chelsea Flower Show and Children in Need, but she is best known for co-presenting the BBC One factual crime show, Crimewatch in the 1990’s. She is currently working on her third novel.
Stephanie has ghost written two Sunday Times Top 10-bestselling memoirs. She currently reviews fiction for the Daily Mail, and has previously reviewed for the Observer and Daily Telegraph. Other publications she has written for include BBC Countryfile magazine, the Independent on Sunday and the Times Literary Supplement.
Steph left a career in brand and marketing to start thoughtful gift company Don’t Buy Her Flowers in 2014. Originally set up as gifts for new mums, the business now caters for many different occasions from birthdays to bereavement and any time someone needs some TLC. Steph regularly writes and talks honestly about motherhood and relationships, believing that we’re all in it together as none of us really knows what we’re doing.
Gerry has been a broadcast journalist for more than 35 years. The bulk of his career has been at Westminster. He’s interviewed novelists, comedians, playwrights, mountaineers , philosophers, historians, musicians, palaeontologists, sports stars and fellow broadcasters. The BBC’s John Simpson called him , ‘Prince of Interviewers’.
Dame Katherine Jane Grainger, to give her full title, is a British rower and with five Olympic medals is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. She is a 2012 Summer Olympics gold medallist, four-time Olympic silver medallist and six-time World Champion, and since 2015 she has been chancellor of Oxford Brookes University.
Daniel is a writer, editor and translator with some sixty books to his name. Recent books include the translation of Jose´ Eduardo Agualusa’s The Society of Relectant Dreamers. Formerly the national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation Daniel is currently on the board of trustees for the Society of Authors. Daniel is a long standing interviewer for the Henley Literary Festival with 2019 marking his 100th interview.
Amanda writes psychological suspense and is the author of Sworn Secret, The Judas Scar, In Her Wake, and, most recently, The Cliff House. Amanda is a regular guest on BBC Berkshire’s weekly Book Club and enjoys meeting readers at libraries, book clubs and literary festivals.
Jessica is a journalist and co-founder of online homes and lifestyle magazine The Home Page. Jessica has been an editor at The Sunday Times; Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion and has written for The Sunday Times Magazine and the paper’s News Review, Home and Travel sections; The Daily Telegraph; Stella and Harrods Magazine.
Cesca has written three novels – her debut The Silent Hours set during WWII was described as a “moving debut” by Women and Home magazine and The Times called Major “a talent to watch.” Her third novel The Other Girl, to be published by Thomas and Mercer in 2020, is a historical thriller perfect for members of a book club. Cesca also writes feel-good women’s fiction under her pseudonym Rosie Blake.
Andy is a reader, author and editor of books, most recently The Year of Reading Dangerously, which chronicled an attempt to read 50 of the books he felt he ought to have already read, and was described in The Guardian as “a heroic and amusing attempt to get back to the classics” He is also host of Backlisted, the podcast that gives new life to old books.
Mark has written for national newspapers and magazines for more than thirty years. He was formerly with the Daily Telegraph and is now the Travel Editor for the Daily Mail. He is also the author of Clarks: Made to Last, the authorised history of Clarks shoes and The House by the Lake, set in Europe in 1938.
Biographer, journalist and speech writer, Stephen writes for a wide range of publication and clients in the UK and beyond. Feature writer for The Mail, The Spectator and Tatler, Stephen also reviews books for The Sunday Times.
Jon worked in national newspapers – the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph – for 35 years as reporter, news editor, features editor and sports editor. He has been involved in the Literary Festival since its inception.
Rosalind is a journalist and co-founder of online homes and lifestyle magazine The Home Page, with fellow Festival interviewer Jessica Jonzen. Rosalind was previously the Editor of the edition magazines portfolio, and has written for national newspapers.
Sunny is a London based writer, academic and literary activist. She is the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Nani’s Book of Suicides, With Krishna’s Eyes and Hotel Arcadia. Her first non-fiction book, Single in the City: The Independent Woman’s Handbook, is a first-of-its-kind exploration of single women in contemporary India.
Beverley is a regular face on TV and radio and until recently spent five years hosting her own LBC phone-in show. She writes regularly for The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Mail and has a monthly column in City Kids. She has also written three books of quite diverse interests – The Pits: The Real World of F1, Touching Distance, and The Happy Birth Book.
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Sophie van Brugen is an award winning BBC journalist. During her career she has covered a number of breaking news stories from general elections to the Oscars in Hollywood. Sophie is currently working on a podcast series about losing loved ones after she lost her father in early 2020.
Kate is a Professor of History and appears regularly on television – on programmes from The Great British Bake Off to election coverage and comedy panel shows. She has written five historical biographies and a series of historical novels, and loves nothing more than a spending her time in dusty archives.
Simon is an English actor known for playing James Bellamy in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Since 2014, he has played the character of Justin Elliott in the long-running BBC Radio 4 series The Archers, and recently appeared in Alan Bennett’s Allelujah! at The Bridge Theatre, London. Simon also writes a weekly column for the Telegraph.