Rob Young is a former editor of The Wire magazine, and is author of a forthcoming book about Englishness and folk music, to be published by Faber this year.
Mike Wenble has played bridge from an early age and became the English Schools champion. He has played for Yorkshire and Berkshire and is an EBU qualified bridge teacher.
Mick Wall is the UK's best-known rock writer, author and TV and radio programme maker, and is the author of numerous critically-acclaimed books, including definitive, bestselling titles on Led Zeppelin (When Giants Walked the Earth), Metallica (Enter Night), AC/DC (Hell Ain't a Bad Place To Be), Black Sabbath (Symptom of the Universe), Lou Reed, The Doors (Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre) and Foo Fighters. He lives in England.http://www.mickwall.com/home.htmhttp://www.mickwall.com/blog/blog.phphttps://twitter.com/WallMick
Robin Taylor Daugherty
Robin Taylor Daugherty wove her first basket as a Brownie scout and has avidly pursued the history and craft of basket-making for over fifteen years.
Phil Strongman was at the 100 Club in 1976 when the Sex Pistols first performed there, was an extra in The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, and has known many of punk's greatest figures for many years. He is a journalist and author.
William P Spence
William Spence was Professor of Construction Engineering at the School of Technology and Applied Science. As well as writing articles for magazines, he has written numerous successful books including Residential Framing and Woodworking Basics. Spence has designed homes and built two of his own.
Previous titles include: Tricky Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Ingenious Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Perplexing Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Intriguing Lateral Thinking Puzzles
After a brief period at the Royal College of Art in London, Gerald Scarfe established himself as a satirical cartoonist, working for Punch and Private Eye during the early 60s. He has had many exhibitions worldwide, including New York, Osaka, Montreal, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, Chicago and London, and 50 one-man shows. He has designed the sets and costumes for plays, operas and musicals in London, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and New Zealand; written, directed and appeared in many live action and documentary films for BBC and Channel 4; and published many books of his work. Scarfe has been political cartoonist for the London Sunday Times for over 40 years, and has worked for The New Yorker for 17 years. His work regularly appears in many periodicals. Gerald Scarfe received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2008. He has had a long association with Pink Floyd - as the designer and director of animation for the Floyd live show Wish You Were Here in 1974, for The Wall between 1970-73 and for Roger Waters' The Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking in 1984.
Nikos Sarantakos is a bridge expert owning one of the world's largest bridge libraries. He lives in Luxembourg and Greece.
Santo Bernardo Recaman
Bernado Recamán Santos has been collecting puzzles for over 25 years. He studied mathematics at the University of Warwick, England and has been teaching mathematics since 1973. He lives in Bogotá surrounded by puzzles and children
Rhonda Rainey is an award winning artist, watercolourist, designer and author. She has been an educator of art for more than 20 years, and is currently enjoying work as a freelance artist and designer.
Those associated with Rhonda find her to be thoughtful and innovative when it comes to pushing the boundaries of established crafting techniques.
JoAnn Pugh-Gannon has been involved within the home sewing industry for many years, including a long career with Swiss Bernina, later known as Bernina of America, the Untied States importer of Swiss-made Bernina sewing machines and related products. As Vice-President of Marketing Software for Bernina, she was responsible for all dealer and consumer education, educational material, and Bernina University.
In 1994 she began publishing sewing and craft books under the name of Sewing Information Resources.
Guy Pratt started out in eighties band Icehouse, who suddenly found themselves supporting David Bowie on his 'Serious Moonlight' tour of 1983. Since then he's played bass with everyone, from The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and Madonna, through to Iggy Pop, The Pretenders and Echo and the Bunnymen. His live show was a success at 2005's Edinburgh festival, and he had a nationwide string of dates in 2006.
Julian Pottage writes regular columns in the bridge press and is the author or co-author of 26 books on bridge. He is an outstanding bridge teacher and has competed in several national and international events. He lives in Wales.
Titles published by Plaid include: Paint Techniques for Home Decorating, Fresh And Fabulous Painted Furniture, Glass Art, Painting Fabulous Floorcloths Decoupage the Easy Way,
Air Tools(October,2000, Trade Paperback Edition), Drills And Drill Presses(October,2000, Trade Paperback Edition), Flooring Basics(January,2001, Trade paperback), Framing Basics(February,2001, Trade paperback)
Alan Parker joined his first punk band in 1979, and lived for three months with Sid Vicious's mother. The punk co-ordinator for EMI and Sony UK, he knows virtually every major punk figure in the UK, and many in the USA, and is the author of several books on punk.
Previous title by the author: Complete Book of Scarves
Mac Montandon is a music journalist based in New York. In the nineties he lived a Waitsian existence in Los Angeles. His favourite Tom Waits album is 1976's Small Change.