Bernhard Aichner was born in 1972 and lives in Innsbruck/Austria, where he works as an author and photographer. Aichner writes novels, audio plays and stage plays and has been awarded several literature prizes and scholarships for his works.
Joan Aiken, English-born daughter of American poet Conrad Aiken, began her writing career in the 1950s. Working for Argosy magazine as a copy editor but also as the anonymous author of articles and stories to fill up their pages, she was adept at inventing a wealth of characters and fantastic situations, and went on to produce hundreds of stories for Good Housekeeping, Vogue, Vanity Fair and many other magazines. Some of those early stories became novels, such as The Silence of Herondale, first published fifty years ago in 1964. Although her first agent famously told her to stick to short stories, saying she would never be able to sustain a full-length novel, Joan Aiken went on to win the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for The Whispering Mountain, and the Edgar Alan Poe award for her adult novel Night Fall. Her best known children's novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was acclaimed by Time magazine as 'a genuine small masterpiece'. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children's literature, and although best known as a children's writer, Joan Aiken wrote many adult novels, both modern and historical, with her trademark wit and verve. Many have a similar gothic flavour to her children's writing, and were much admired by readers and critics alike. As she said 'The only difference I can see is that children's books have happier endings than those for adults.' You have been warned . . .
Ayad Akhtar is an American-born, first-generation Pakistani-American from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An alumnus of the Graduate Film Program at Colombia University, he is the author of numerous plays and screenplays. He was star and co-writer of The War Within, which premiered at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival and was released internationally. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay and an International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Picture. His stage play, Disgraced, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013. American Dervish is his first novel.http://ayadakhtar.com/ http://www.facebook.com/AyadAkhtar https://twitter.com/ayadakhtarhttp://ayadakhtar.tumblr.com/
BORIS AKUNIN is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over eighteen million copies in Russia alone. He lives in London.
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.
Mark Alder is the pseudonym for fantasy author M.D. Lachlan. A journalist who has written for several national papers, he lives in Brighton with his family.
Annie Aldington was born in South London and attended the Guildford School of Acting, followed by a degree in community theatre. As well as recording many audio book titles she has acted in numerous plays, which include her one woman show Regarding X and a stint at Shakespeare's Globe. She is a street performer on National Poetry Day and also works as a storyteller.
Brian W. Aldiss (1925 - 2017)Brian Wilson Aldiss was born in 1925. He was a highly decorated science fiction author who achieved the rare feat of acceptance as a writer of real significance by the literary establishment in his lifetime. As well as his many award-winning novels he has been a hugely important anthologist and editor in the field. He also wrote the pre-eminent history of the genre (with David Wingrove), Billion Year Spree (later expanded and revised as Trillion Year Spree). He died in 2017 the day after his 92nd birthday.
Ray Aldridge was born in 1948. He has published a three-volume series, The Emancipator, featuring ex-slave investigator Ruiz Aw. The volume titles are The Pharaoh Contract, The Emperor of Everything and The Orpheus Machine. Short stories by Aldridge appeared in Full Spectrum 4 (1993) and The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: A 40th Anniversary Anthology. Among his shorter works are Steel Dogs (1989), Gate of Faces (1991), a Nebula Best Novelette nominee (1992) and The Beauty Addict (1993), a Nebula Best Novella nominee (1994).
Tim Alexander is a huge Barack Obama fan. He lives and works in London.
Kristen Alexander and her husband David Fax are military booksellers, they own Alexander Fax Booksellers at Southlands Shopping Centre, Mawson, ACT, specializing in Australian military history www.alexanderfaxbooks.com.auKristen Alexander is author of the critically acclaimed Clive Caldwell, Air Ace (Allen & Unwin 2006). She and her husband own Alexander Fax Booksellers, which specialises in Australian military history. She has held the position of Federal Secretary of the Military Historical Society since September 2003. Kristen lives in Canberra and is currently researching her third account of Australian pilots in WWII.
Jane Bennett, Alexandra Pope
Jane Bennett originally trained in Social Work and Clinical Hypnotherapy. She has worked as a natural fertility specialist since 1990, where she organises training seminars and ongoing support for health professionals.
Alexandra Pope is a psychotherapist of 15 years and facilitator in private practice and is a clinical member of the Counsellor and Psychotherapy Association, NSW (CAPA). Author of The Wild Genie: The Healing Power of Menstruation and Walking with the Genie: The Modern Woman's Menstrual Health Kit, Alexandra has run workshops nationally and internationally on menstrual health and the psychology of women for the last 11 years.
UAE born Maitha Al Khayat spent most of her childhood years in the US and UK. She first got hooked on books while in middle school in the UK and has never stopped reading or writing since. Maitha is based in Ras Alkhaimah. A mother of four, she still manages to make time to read all the time and to write children's stories such as the charming "Tareeqati Al Khassa". Her first book was the bilingual "I Love My Dad's Long Beard" published by Zodiac Publishing, which was inspired by her children's love for their daddy's long beard. "Tareeqati Al Khassa" was first published in Arabic by Kalimat. In the story, Hamda longs to wear the hijab like her four older sisters. Each sister feels it should be worn her way. Hamda finds it is up to her to figure out her own unique way of wearing the veil to make it a part of her active and happy life. The book was acquired by Orion Books and recently won the best book award given by the Riyadh based International Forum for Children's Education and Development.
Roger Allam done a lot of radio work, and won two Olivier Awards recently including Best Actor in 2002.
Roger trained at Manchester University. He was a founder member of Monstrous Regiment and has been in seasons at Birmingham, the Glasgow Citizens and the Contact Theatre, Manchester.
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Peter Alson is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie. A writer and journalist, Alson's work has appeared in a wide range of national magazines and newspapers form The New York Times to Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Gotz Aly is a freelance journalist and historian living in Berlin. He is also the author of Final Solution (Arnold, 1999) and co-author of Cleansing the Fatherland : Nazi Medicine and Racial Hygiene (John Hopkins University Press, 1994).
Aisha Amarfio is a shamanic healer and energy medicine practitioner, with a busy clinic in London. Her practices are based on a holistic understanding that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.Aisha's work is greatly influenced by Jungian psychology and mystic traditions such as Advaita, Sufism and Buddhism. Aisha has been studying and working with crystals for many years, and she uses them in both personal and clinical practice.Aisha's first encounter with crystals gave her a deep experience that propelled her on her healing journey and led her to discover her path as an energy healer.Aisha trained as a Reiki Master and is also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Master NLP Practitioner. She later embarked on a 5-year journey of training in the shamanic healing arts. Shamanism is concerned with restoring and maintaining wholeness, harmony and balance, working in communion with spirit and nature. It is an ancient form of energy medicine and addresses the spiritual or energetic root causes of imbalance.Aisha combines all these modalities to meet the unique needs of the client. Her work is holistic, through addressing the spiritual or energetic root cause of issues, she helps people tap in to their innate capacity for healing and empowerment. Aisha's work has been commonly described as life-changing. She has helped hundreds of clients to overcome chronic issues or blockages and experience spiritual self-discovery, transformation, and inspired creativity from the heart.Prior to her path as a healer, Aisha worked in the charity sector, specialising in race and gender equality.Aisha loves food-growing, permaculture, dance, Tarot and spending time with her husband and family.
Jay Amory is a debut children's novelist.