Dr Jim al-Khalili is a theoretical physicist and senior lecturer in the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey. He has twice been nominated for the Royal Society's Michael Faraday Award for the Public Understanding of Science and is the Institute of Physics Schools and Colleges lecturer. He is the author of BLACK HOLES, WORMHOLES AND TIME MACHINES and has appeared on Radio 4's LEADING EDGE and the BBC's TOMORROW'S WORLD and HORIZON programmes.
Adjoa Andoh has worked extensively in both television and theatre with parts in TV projects such as 'Dr. Who' and Philip Pullman`s `The Shadow of the North`. She also had a role in 'His Dark Materials' at the National Theatre. Adjoa has read many audiobooks including numerous titles by Alexander McCall Smith's.
Sean B. Carroll
Sean B. Carroll is an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His scientific discoveries have been featured in Time and The New York Times, and Carroll himself has written articles for Natural History and Playboy. His first book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful was a 2005 Top Popular Science Book of the Year (USA Today). He and his wife and children reside in Madison, Wisconsin.
R. Scott Bakker is the son of a tobacco share-cropper, and spent his youth either exploring the wooded bluffs of Lake Erie's north shore or working in hot summer fields. He left the countryside to study English language and literature at University of Western Ontario, and from there moved to Nashville to pursue a PhD in philosophy. He now lives in London, Ontario with his fiancee, Sharron, and their cat, Scully.
Philip Ball is Associate Editor for the Physical Sciences with Nature. His first book was described by the TLS as 'a tour de force of popular science writing'. His second was described by the New Scientist as 'outstanding...beautifully written. If you buy no other science book this year, I suggest you buy this one.'
Helen Banes is a fibre artist and jewellery designer. Born in Chicago in 1920, she has studied at the University of Maryland and Parsons School of Design. She is a founding member of Fiberworks Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia, and the founding president of the Bead Society of Greater Washington. A desire to incorporate beads and other perforated objects into her woven pieces led to her most important artistic innovation: the method of stringing beads on a double warp, using a shaped loom on a light-weight portable board. She has given numerous lectures and workshops throughout the US and Canada, and her necklaces have been exhibited in galleries, including the Smithsonian Institute.
Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942, educated in Rome and made his piano debut at the age of eight and as a solo pianist at the age of eleven with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His musical tours have taken him all over the world and he has made regular appearances at the Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague and Salzburg festivals. In 1967 he married the cellist Jacqueline du Pré (who died in 1987). In 1988 he married Elena Bashkirova. He was musical director of the Paris Orchestra 1975-88, and he has been Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and of the Berlin State Opera since 1992.
Previous titles include: Great Paper Quilling, Wonderful Wire Works, Glass Painting In An Afternoon, Decorating Your Garden, Fantastic Furniture
Abigail Beall is a freelance science journalist. She studied Physics at Durham University before completing a masters in Science Journalism at City University in London. She grew up in Scotland and now lives in Leeds, but spent most of 2018 travelling around Asia. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @abbybeall
David Bird is recognised as the world's leading humorous bridge writer. He has written over 130 bridge books, and in the last ten years he has won six 'Book of the Year' awards from the American Bridge Teachers Association - and in 2016 won the International Bridge Press Association Book of the Year Award for The Abbot, the Parrot and the Bermuda Bowl. David contributes regularly to Bridge Magazine, English Bridge, Bridge World, the American Contract Bridge League bulletin and other magazines around the world, as well as Vu-Bridge on the internet. He is also a voice commentator for Bridge Base Online. He lives in Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, England.
Cath Blackledge has a Ph.D. in chemistry from Birkbeck College, London. She has worked as a reporter, news editor and editor for numerous specialist publications, including European Chemical News and Pharmaceutical Business News, and is a former science and medical correspondent for The European. Now a freelance science writer and broadcaster, she was shortlisted for the prestigious Glaxo Science Writer's Prize in 1999.
Dr Carin Bondar
Canadian Carin Bondar has a PhD in biology from the University of British Columbia. She is host of several TV series including WORLDS ODDEST ANIMAL COUPLES (Animal Planet, Netflix), STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD (Discovery World HD, National Geographic) and OUTRAGEOUS ACTS OF SCIENCE (The Science Channel). She is writer and host of the online series WILD SEX (Earth Touch, Seeker), which has garnered over 100,000,000 views. Her new online series, WILD MOMS (Seeker) premiered for Mother's day 2018. Bondar is author of THE NATURE OF SEX (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) and WILD MOMS. She is also an adventurer and expedition leader, and has spoken to audiences in 15 different countries. Her research group (Taxon expeditions) recently garnered global attention for naming a beetle after actor and environmentalist Leonardo Dicaprio. Bondar resides in Chilliwack, British Columbia. www.carinbondar.com
Barry Bostwick is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Brad in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and has also had considerable fame in musical theatre.
George Bredehorn is a retired teacher who lives in Wantagh, New York and is a member of Mensa. His puzzles appear regularly in publications such as The New York Times and Games.
Sally Brock is an internationally known player and writer. Sally is also the current bridge correspondent for the Sunday Times.
Previous titles by the author: Memory Gifts, Beautiful Handmade Natural Soaps, Handcrafted Journals Albums & Scrapbooks, Hand Decorating Paper.
Melt & Pour Soapmaking is a selection of Crafters Choice Book Club
Anna Buckley is the series producer of The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4 and has worked with Jim Al-Khalili since the programme was launched in 2011. Offering a refreshing mix of the personal and the scientific, The Life Scientific transformed the way science, and scientists, were talked about on radio and beyond. It is one of the most popular programmes on BBC Radio 4, attracting more than two million listeners every week.
Frank Buttler, former Head of Inorganic Chemistry at Teesside University and an industrial consultant, has written many scientific papers and books. Simon Buttler, his son, is a computer systems analyst, project manager and consultant and also an archaeologist.
Rita Carter is a full-time medical writer contributing to, among others, The Independent, New Scientist, Daily Mail and Telegraph. She was twice awarded the Medical Journalists' Association prize for outstanding contribution to medical journalism. Rita Carter was born in the UK and lives in Oxfordshire.
Art has always been a passion for Rebecca Carter and after receiving a scholarship for Southern Utah University, she graduated with a degree in fine art and a three year degree in interior design. After leaving university, Rebecca taught calligraphy and watercolour classes, until the opportunity to work as a corporate designer came along. She now works from home as a free-lance artist for many companies.