Ron Klinger is a leading international bridge teacher and has represented Australia in world championships since 1976. An Australian Grand Master and a World Bridge Federation International Master, he has written over 60 books, some of which have been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, Danish, French, Hebrew and Icelandic. He has created many new bridge ideas and devised a number of conventions. He lives in NSW, Australia, and has written a daily bridge column in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald for many years.
Today the name of the Kooler Design Studio is synonymous with quality designs from Linda Gillum, Nancy Rossi, Barbara Baatz, Jorja Hernandez, Sandy Orton, Holly DeFount, Deanna Hall West and Donna Kooler. These designs are in demand all over the world and are regularly featured in magazines, books, leaflets and kits.
Roman Krzemien is a certified bridge teacher, author of four bridge books, and has trained and captained the Polish National Women's Team for many years.
David Langford is a writer, critic and SF fan who has won innumerable Hugo Awards for his fan writing and for his news magazine ANSIBLE, a legend in SF and fantasy circles. He has been involved with Terry Pratchett's Discworld since the very beginning, and has compiled two Discworld quizbooks, THE UNSEEN UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE and THE WYRDEST LINK.
Ser Jammy Lannister is a Knight of Westeros, a long-standing member of the King's guard, and one of the finest bakers in the Seven Kingdoms. Having lost his right hand in a tragic accident involving spun sugar, he went on to become the greatest left-handed whisker this side of the Narrow Sea. He currently lives in King's Landing with his sister. (They are just really good friends...).@gameofscones_www.facebook.com/GameOfScones1
Mike Lawrence is one of the world's leading American bridge players. Ron Klinger is probably the world's leading bridge author and teacher with more than fifty outstanding books to his credit. He is also an Australian Grand Master and a World Bridge Federation International Master.
Born and raised in Leeds, Keith Lemon is a northern sex symbol and national treasure. He is the author of bestselling books The Rules: 69 Ways to be Successful, Being Keith and Little Keith Lemon as well as a new series of children's stories, The Beaver and the Elephant. You may have seen him on TV shows such as Celebrity Juice, Through the Keyhole, Lemon La Vida Loca, Lemonaid, Sing if You Can, Bo! Selecta and Keith Lemon's Very Brilliant World Tour. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/lemontwittor and join Keith on Facebook to see more www.facebook.com/officialkeithlemon.
Jem Lester was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989 - and though there, he denies personal responsibility. He was also the last journalist to interview the legendary Fred Zinnemann, before the director died. He denies responsibility for that too. He taught English and Media studies at secondary schools for nine years. Jem has two children, one of whom is profoundly autistic, and for them he accepts total responsibility. He lives in London with his partner and her two children.Jem's first novel, SHTUM, won the 2013 PFD/City University Prize for Fiction.Follow Jem on Twitter @JemLester
Ben Lewis' award-winning film HAMMER AND TICKLE was broadcast on BBC4 in 2006.
Mark Leyner is the author of several books, and has written scripts for a
variety of films and television shows. His writing also appears regularly in
the New Yorker, Time and GQ.
Sarah-Jane Lovett is a diarist for the EVENING STANDARD and THE TIMES.
Margaret Mahy's many books - picture books, short stories, and fiction for teenagers as well as younger children - have been hugely successful all round the world and she is indisputably one of the most popular and successful twentieth-century children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal and many other awards, and has been nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. She lived in New Zealand until her death in 2012.
Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. His huge successes as a film actor include such credits as ROXANNE, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, PARENTHOOD and THE SPANISH PRISONER. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to the bestselling PURE DRIVEL, he has written several plays, including Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the highly acclaimed novels, SHOPGIRL and THE PLEASURE OF MY COMPANY. His work appears in THE NEW YORKER and the NEW YORK TIMES. He is an avid and knowledgeable collector of art.
Nick Mason was a founder member of Pink Floyd as drummer/percussionist. He is the only member of the band to survive from its foundation and has played on every Pink Floyd album. He has produced music for TV commercials and played and produced several albums for other bands. His solo album NICK MASON'S FICTICIOUS SPORTS was released in 1981. His other passion is motor cars and he has taken part in the Le Mans 24-hour race. For years he has accumulated images and memorabilia associated with the band with a view to writing their definitive history.
Angela McAllister is an award-winning author of over sixty books for children and young teens. She lives in Hampshire.
Born in Orange, NSW, Scott McGregor is a graduate of NIDA who has appeared in countless TV dramas and plays. Most recently he was the DIY presenter on Channel Seven's Better Homes and Gardens and the host of the highly successful series Room for Improvement. Scott writes a weekly DIY column for the Sun-Herald called 'Weekend Workshop', where he responds to readers' questions with advice on how to do various small repair and maintenance jobs around the home. He also is the presenter of the Bunnings Ladies' Nights in NSW. Scott has a passion for trains and for many years owned the famous train buffs' shop Off the Rails.
JOHN McMURTRIE has been one of the rock world's most highly respected and sought-after photographers of the last decade. His dynamic and vibrant style of photography is regularly seen on the front covers of the metal press and within the music industry. John has been IRON MAIDEN's official photographer since 2006.
Patti Miller is the author of Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers and Child (all Allen & Unwin), and Whatever the Gods Do (Random House). She has taught writing at universities and writers' centres for 20 years. In 1991, she founded Life Stories Workshops. Her website is www.lifestories.com.au.
Since winning the 2008 if.comedy Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for her debut solo show, Sarah Millican's Not Nice, Sarah has firmly established herself as a household name, having been nominated three times for The British Comedy Awards People's Choice: Queen of Comedy and winning the award in 2011. Sarah's debut DVD, Chatterbox Live!, was the biggest selling stand-up DVD by a female comedian of all time, shifting over 150,000 units in the first five weeks of release alone. Her latest title, Sarah Millican: Outsider, was released in November 2016 and went straight to number one in the sales chart upon release. A two time BAFTA nominee for The Sarah Millican Television Programme, Sarah's other television credits include two appearances on The Royal Variety Performance and four appearances on flagship BBC stand-up show Live At The Apollo. As well as her live and TV work, Sarah is also the founder of Standard Issue magazine for women.
Tim Minchin is an award-winning Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. His current songs span various musical styles and topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism), logical fallacies(ism) and his amour de fromage et de boobs(ism). He is the composer and lyricist for the West End and Broadway Musical MATILDA, provided narration for Shaun Tan's OSCAR-winning animation THE LOST THING, and completed an arena tour culminating in dates at the Sydney Opera House, and the Royal Albert Hall with the 55-piece Heritage Orchestra. He is a global superstar, with over 730,000 followers on Twitter and an army of fans. He lives in LA with his wife and two children.