Koushun Takami was born in 1969 and is best-known as the author of the novel Battle Royale, originally published in Japanese, and later translated into English by Yuji Oniki.
After graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he dropped out of Nihon University's liberal arts correspondence course program. From 1991 to 1996, he worked for the news company Shikoku Shimbun, reporting on various fields including politics, police reports and economics.
Battle Royale was completed after Takami left the news company, and was rejected in the final round of the literary competition for which it was intended, owing to its controversial content. It become a bestseller when finally released in 1999, and a year later, was made into a manga and a feature film.
Formerly spinning records on Rinse FM and hitting the charts with Pay As U Go Cartel and Roll Deep, DJ Target now spends his time between presenting primetime shows on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, running his own record label and DJing all over the world. Twitter: @DJTargetInstagram: @djtarget
Andy Taylor was born in Newcastle and joined Duran Duran after answering an advert in Melody Maker. The band has sold over 100 million records. He has also worked with Rod Stewart and Belinda Carlisle. He left the re-formed band in October 2006.
Neil Taylor worked for the NME during the mid-1980s and has more recently worked in publishing. He is a dedicated regionalist and now lives in Winchester.
Sheri S. Tepper
Sheri S. Tepper (1929 - 2016)Sheri S. Tepper was the author of several resoundingly acclaimed novels, including THE MARGARETS and GIBBON'S DECLINE AND FALL both shortlisted for the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD, A PLAGUE OF ANGELS, SIDESHOW and BEAUTY, which was voted BEST FANTASY NOVEL OF THE YEAR by readers of LOCUS. She is one of the few writers to have titles in both the SF and Fantasy Masterworks lists. She died in 2016.
Craig Nelson is the author of the NEW YORK TIMES bestseller ROCKET MEN: THE EPIC STORY OF THE FIRST MEN ON THE MOON, as well as several previous books, including THE AGE OF RADIANCE (a PEN America Literary Award finalist), THE FIRST HEROES, THOMAS PAINE (winner of the Henry Adams Prize) AND LET'S GET LOST (shortlisted for WHSmith's Book of the Year). His writing has appeared in VANITY FAIR, the WALL STREET JOURNAL, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and a host of other publications.