Full-time writer, crafter, parent and vampire-hunter hobbyist Nicolette Lafonseca established her writing career on her lifestyle blog 'Archie & The Rug' where her exuberance and wit shone through whilst barely masking her contempt for people who spell ' a lot' as 'alot'.Her list of achievements are many and include: kicking cancer in the teeth repeatedly, winning a number of blogging awards, presenting on Channel 4 and giving birth to a fantastic boy. She aspires to rule us all one day with an iron fist . . . of friendship.Nicolette lives with her family and their excitable hound, in a constant flux of refurbishing and decorating ,in Hebden Bridge in the weather-smattered county of Yorkshire.
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.
Stephen Law was a school dropout who became a postman in Cambridge, then took a degree in philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen's College. He now teaches philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has published a number of books including The Philosophy Files, The Outer Limits and The Philosophy Gym.
Stephen Law was a school dropout who became a postman in Cambridge, then took a degree in philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Junior Research Fellow at the Queen's College. He now teaches philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He has published a number of books including THE PHILOSOPHY FILES, THE OUTER LIMITS and THE PHILOSOPHY GYM.
Stephen Law is Professor of Philosophy at London University and the author of The Philosophy Gym, The Philosophy Files, published in twelve languages, and the equally successful The Outer Limits
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.
Erich Lessing has been documenting the culture and fine arts of Europe and the Near East for more than fifty years. He is arguably today's leading independent photographer of the arts in the Western World. He created the Erich Lessing Culture and Fine Arts Archive which is an extensive image library featuring over 40,000 high resolution images from over 500 museums and private collections throughout the world, including a thorough coverage of such institutions as: The Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, the Uffizi in Florence, the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, the Prado in Madrid, and many more. Having worked as a photographer all over the world for more than six decades, he has published more than 40 books with his art photography. He lives in Vienna and travels regularly to Paris and other art capitals of the world.
Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive for L'Oréal, managing the Maybelline brand, before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts and has written several novels including A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald, Her Mother's Secret and The Paris Seamstress. Her sixth novel, The French Photographer, will be published in April 2019. In her spare time Natasha loves to teach writing, is a sought after public speaker and can often be found playing dress-up with her three children. She lives in Perth. For all the latest news from Natasha visit: www.natashalester.com.au Twitter: @Natasha_Lester Instagram: natashalester Facebook: NatashaLesterAuthor
Rachel Ann Lindsay
Rachel Ann Lindsay is a freelance artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. HOW Magazine listed her as one of the "20 illustrators we love". Her work, commissioned by Yabu Pushelberg, hangs in the suites of the new flagship Four Seasons in Toronto. Other clients include American Express, Honda, Chapters Indigo, TD Canada Trust, Holt Renfrew, Bank of Montreal Mastercard, The Bay, Marie Claire, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times Book Review and The Atlantic. Her whimsical continuous-line drawings are created in ink on paper.
Mark Linley was an art teacher for many years, running several very popular evening and holiday courses. He died in 2012.
Born and raised in middle America, Joey Lott left university at the age of 19 to seek his fortune in California, where he became a software development prodigy in the dot-com world, overseeing the expansion into New England of the largest, privately-held advertising agency in the world. Becoming dissatisfied with the domineering and claustrophobic nature of corporate culture, he went on to set up his own consultancy which revolutionized the approach to the treatment of clients and employees alike. On a personal level, however, Joey had from an early age suffered from intense forms of anxiety. For decades he had lived with restrictive eating disorders, obsessions, compulsions and an inescapable sense of fear. Despite his attempts to find solace through psychedelic drugs, diet, philosophy, meditation and a variety of extreme practices and beliefs, by the age of 30 he was physically sick, emotionally volatile, and obsessed with keeping any and all unwanted thoughts and experiences at bay. By this point, he had given up his career and was living on a futon mattress in a tiny cabin in the woods, so sick that he could barely move. Too exhausted now to maintain his habitual forms of emotional self-defence, an insight awakened in him: he discovered that many hidden assumptions supported the sense of imprisonment that had so restricted his life. By investigating these assumptions and welcoming every experience that came his way, he began gradually to discover that in reality nothing was as he had imagined it to be. He discovered, in fact, that the true nature of life is unbounded and utterly free. In his own words: "The secret to happiness is to let go of everything - see through every assumption." Joey now lives with his family in New Mexico, USA.
Lauren Luke is 27 and lives with her partner and son, Jordan, in South Shields, near Newcastle. She has five dogs, including Phoebe, her beloved pug, who is often featured snoring in the background of her videos!She began filming celebrity-inspired makeup tutorials in her bedroom in South Shields two years ago. She never imagined that within a couple of years, over 51 million people would have seen her on YouTube and that she would become the most viewed makeup artist in the world - she now has over 240,000 subscribers to her videos, 16,000 followers on Twitter and over 20,000 fans on Facebook! She also has a column in the Guardian, this Christmas Nintendo is launching a game for its DS console where the main character is an avatar of Lauren, and she has been the subject of a BBC documentary.Growing up, Lauren had a tough time at school and she would experiment with makeup and bright colours to try and fit in. She's always enjoyed showing others how to use makeup to bring out their best features and to help them feel special.So she came up with the idea of uploading how-to videos onto YouTube to show others how to bring out the best in themselves with makeup and how to recreate their favourite celebrity looks. Lauren had no idea the videos would have such an impact on her life:"What happened next was something I never ever imagined. I uploaded my first video Sunday 22nd of July 2007 and the minute it went live I sat scared, trembling in my chair, wondering 'will people see it?' and 'what will they say?' Well, all I can say is on that day I must have been the luckiest girl alive because I was soon flooded with huge amounts of views and comments, and best of all, I felt like I was making a connection with other girls out there like me, regular girls."Now, with her book LOOKS and her brand new makeup range, Lauren is on a mission to give the beauty industry a wake up call and celebrate real women everywhere!