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A.A. Gill

A. A. Gill (1954-2016) was born in Edinburgh. He was the TV and restaurant critic and regular features-writer for the Sunday Times, a columnist for Esquire and contributor to Australian Gourmet Traveller. His books include A. A. Gill is Away, The Angry Island, Previous Convictions, Table Talk, Paper View, A. A. Gill is Further Away, The Golden Door and Lines in the Sand, as well as two novels and the memoir Pour Me, which was shortlisted for the 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize. The Best of A. A. Gill, a collection of his journalism, was published in 2017.

Aisha Amarfio

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.

Anastasia Catris

Anastasia Catris graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BA Hons in English Literature and then travelled to the United States to pursue her passion for illustration by studying at The Kubert School of Comic and Cartoon Art. She returned to the UK in 2009, and has since worked as a freelance illustrator for HarperCollins, Kerrang!, Fox, Marvel, DC and Cygnus Alpha: The Doctor Who Fanzine. Ana lives in Wales, United Kingdom, and is an advocate of art therapy and of the calming power of colouring in. www.anastasiacatris.comInstagram: @AnastasiaCatris

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Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips is a former staff writer for Grantland and former senior writer for MTV News. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and Slate, among other publications, and his work has appeared in Best American Sports Writing and Best American Magazine Writing. He lives in central Pennsylvania. Impossible Owls is his first book.

Britta Rostlund

Britta Röstlund has lived in Paris for over fifteen years. She is a freelance journalist covering everything from the Paris Fashion Week to French politics.

Carl Honore

Carl Honoré was born in Edinburgh in 1967 and raised in Canada, and is a freelance journalist based in London. He has written for the Economist, Observer, National Post and the Houston Chronicle. His first book, In Praise of Slow, was a Sunday Times bestseller and sold around the world.

Eric Idle

Eric Idle is a comedian, actor, author and singer-songwriter who found immediate fame on television with the sketch-comedy show MONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS. Following its success, the Pythons began making films that include MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975), MONTY PYTHON'S LIFE OF BRIAN (1979) and THE MEANING OF LIFE (1983). Eric also wrote the award-winning musical SPAMALOT. He lives in Los Angeles.

Gemma Cairney

Gemma Cairney is a BBC broadcaster, magpie, and life enthusiast who has won awards for her documentaries. Gemma has presented shows across the breadth of the BBC. She is also founder of production company Boom Shakalaka Productions. Her first book, OPEN: A TOOLKIT FOR HOW MAGIC AND MESSED UP LIFE CAN BE came out in Spring 2017 (Macmillan). Gemma was recently a judge for the Wellcome Prize. She hosts a regular club night in her home town of Margate.

Glenn Harrold

Glenn Harrold MSBCH, Dip.C.H. is an experienced clinical hypnotherapist working one-to-one with his clients, including many celebrities. His self-help audio CDs have sold over a million copies world wide and his COMPLETE RELAXATION has been then No. 1 bestseller in the self-help audio charts for the last seven years.http://www.glennharrold.com/

Harry Barry

Dr. Harry Barry is a highly respected Irish author and medic, with over three decades of experience as a GP. With a keen interest in the area of mental health and suicide prevention, Dr. Barry is the author of numerous books addressing various aspects of mental health including depression and toxic stress.

Hugh Thomson

Hugh Thomson's previous books include The White Rock: An Exploration of the Inca Heartland and Nanda Devi, a journey to a usually inaccessible part of the Himalayas. He has led many research expeditions to Peru. He is also a film-maker and has won many awards for his documentaries, which include Indian Journeys with William Dalrymple, and Dancing in the Street: A Rock and Roll History. He lives in Oxfordshire.

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is the cocreator and coauthor of the CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series which has sold over 1 million copies. He is also known as one of the teachers featured in the hit movie and bestselling book THE SECRET. Jack and his wife, Inga live with their children in California, USA.

Jayne Hardy

Jayne Hardy is the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation - a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression. Jayne lives in Cornwall with her husband, their daughter, and their dog. She has spoken, and written, about her own experiences of depression and self-care on BBC Radio 2, at TEDxBrum, and in publications such as Huffington Post, Grazia and Virgin.com, to name a few. Her innovative use of the internet to bring about positive social change was recognised from the off. She won the TalkTalk Digital Hero Award in 2011, and in 2014 was included in Marketing Magazine's list of Top Ten Digital Mavericks. Jayne has been mentioned as one of the 19 inspirational women leading the way in mental health by Rethink as part of their International Women's Day celebration. In 2016, Jayne led the viral #whatyoudontsee social media campaign.

John Higgs

John Higgs is the author I HAVE AMERICA SURROUNDED: THE LIFE OF TIMOTHY LEARY, THE KLF: CHAOS, MAGIC AND THE BAND WHO BURNED A MILLION POUNDS and the novel THE BRANDY OF THE DAMNED. He lives in Brighton with his partner and their two children. www.johnhiggs.com@johnhiggs

Judy Upton

Judy Upton is a playwright and screenwriter based in Shoreham-by-Sea. She grew up in the Brighton area and the majority of her stage plays have been set there. Her plays have been produced by the Royal Court, National Theatre, Birmingham Rep and BBC Radio 4 among others. Her latest play CONFIDENCE stars vlogger, author and influencer Tanya Burr and will appear at the Southwark Playhouse from May 2018.

Julia Buckley

Julia Buckley is a journalist whose work has appeared in the likes of National Geographic Traveller, the Sunday Times and the Independent, where she is travel editor. She lives in Cornwall.

Kate Binchy

Kate Binchy has worked extensively in all media from West End to fringe theatre. Numerous television appearances include RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES, FATHER TED, PEAK PRACTICE, CASUALTY, POIROT and FAIR CITY. She has appeared in over 500 radio plays, and films such as MRS DALLOWAY and THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE. She is Maeve's cousin and has read all of Maeve's audiobooks.

Liz Earle

Liz Earle MBE is one of Britain's most respected and trusted authorities on wellbeing. The award-winning author of over 30 bestselling books on nutrition, diet, beauty and natural healthcare, she co-founded the eponymous global beauty brand Liz Earle Beauty Co. in 1995, before moving back to writing and broadcasting, now publishing the leading quarterly magazine Liz Earle Wellbeing.An expert in feel-good food and eating well to look your good, her straightforward, balanced and well-researched approach has earned her a place as a trusted visionary in the world of wellbeing. With a passion for demystifying science and sharing wellness wisdom, Liz's measured voice of reason has a deservedly large and loyal following in print, on digital, on TV and online.Travelling the globe for research, Liz comes home to roost on an organic farm in the UK's West Country with her husband and five children.

Madeleine Shaw

Not so long ago, Madeleine Shaw would wake up feeling bloated, tired and unhealthy. So she decided to turn her life around and embarked on a journey to health that saw her travel to Sydney where she learned the art of eating well. Inspired to share her story with others, she is now a trained nutritional health coach, food blogger and creative cook. Her six-week 'Get the Glow' programme is in-demand by an impressive list of high-profile clients, all of whom Madeleine has helped enliven the hottest, healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. For now at least, Madeleine lives in London, where she is never too far away from her healthy staples: a blender, a yoga mat and a coconut!Visit Madeleine's website at: http://madeleineshaw.com which is bursting with health and nutritional advice. She also has a Twitter account @madeleine_shaw_ and an Instagram page: http://instagram.com/madeleine_shaw_