Jack D Clifford
Jack D. Clifford loves playing computer games. He just wishes he could one day win a game against his 9-year-old daughter. Jack lives, writes and plays games in London.
Joseph D Pistone
Joseph D. Pistone was an FBI Agent for seventeen years. He now lives under secret identity in an undisclosed location.
Born in Torre del Greco, Naples, in southern Italy, Gino inherited his grandfather's love of cooking and studied at the Luigi de Medici Catering College. Gino appears regularly on TV, most recently in Gino's Italian Escape and Let's Do Lunch with Gino and Mel, and as a resident chef on ITV's This Morning.
Luca D'Andrea was born in 1979 Bolzano, Italy, where he worked as a teacher for ten years. The Mountain, the most talked-about and fastest-selling book at London Book Fair 2016, was sold in more than 30 countries before it was first published in Italy.
Anna-Marie D'Cruz is a book designer with a wealth of experience in children's non-fiction. As well as designing books, Anna has designed and made various step-by-step projects for craft and history books.
Dr Cecilia d'Felice has become a regular psychologist expert on national TV and radio, including BBC Radio 4's WOMAN'S HOUR and Channel 5's THE WRIGHT STUFF. In 2007 she won the MIND JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD, and also the PEARSON AWARD for her outstanding contribution to psychology.
Chris d'Lacey is the author of the The Last Dragon Chronicles and the Dragons of Wayward Crescent series. He likes dragons. He was born in Malta, but now lives in Devon with his wife, Jay, and about three hundred teddy bears. He likes teddy bears, too. After graduating from York University with a Biology degree, he went to Leicester University where he worked for twenty-eight years as a research scientist, mainly looking down microscopes. He now writes full time.In his spare moments, he likes to watch TV and walk by the sea - though not necessarily at the same time. His passion is writing and recording songs. His ultimate ambition is to write a song that will feature on the soundtrack of a movie of the dragon books, always assuming a movie is made.Presently, he is working on two new projects, both of which feature dragons to some extent.
Brian D. McLaren
Brian McLaren is a bestselling author, internationally acclaimed speaker and spiritual leader in the emerging church movement. Named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential evangelical Christians, McLaren was a pastor for over 20 years. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programmes and an in-demand blogger on faith and public policy.Brian McLaren is an internationally acclaimed speaker and outspoken advocate for 'a new kind of Christianity'. Named one of Time magazine's 25 most influential Evangelical Christians, McLaren was a pastor for over 20 years. He is a frequent guest on radio and television programmes, and an in-demand blogger on faith and public policy (brianmclaren.net). @brianmclaren
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci is recognized as the quintessential Renaissance Man. A great painter, he was equally prodigious in the fields of architecture, engineering, anatomy, and physical science.
Jodie Daber has a Masters in Creative Writing, is the author of several published short stories and has just completed her first novel.
Andrew Daddo is an author, columnist, corporate coach, radio broadcaster, TV presenter, fisherman (hopeless), golfer (woeful), chef (getting better), dad, and well, let s be honest, he has had a go at just about everything. For the past twenty-four years, Andrew has worked primarily as a TV presenter. He's also authored eighteen books, has a regular column in Australian Golf Digest and Sydney's Sun-Herald and presented the Evening program for Sydney's 702 ABC Radio and hosted summer afternoons on 2UE.
Nicole Daedone is the founder of the OneTaste retreat centers located in San Francisco and New York. She helped develop the OneTaste curriculum and train faculty based on her innovative approaches to relationships, healing and mindful sexuality
The Daily Street
Founded in 2009, The Daily Street is one of the world's leading destinations for up-to-date news, reviews and features on men's fashion and lifestyle, from the biggest stories in streetwear to the latest news in music, art and live events.Based in London, the DS team work closely with brands and retailers - from small independent start-ups to global leaders - to bring together a curated edit of happenings in the streetwear world. Whether it's exclusive interviews with key industry names, commissioned videos and photo shoots, exclusive music content or articles covering everything from classic sneakers to news on the very latest releases, The Daily Street is one of the most highly respected voices in streetwear.
Sheila Dainow is a trained counsellor and therapeutic massage practitioner with diplomas from South West London College and the College of Holistic Medicine. She is a member of the Society of Holistic Practitioners, The British Association for Counselling and the British Register of Complementary Practitioners.
ABI DAKER is a British illustrator who lives and works in Cyprus with her husband and son. She studied Art at the University of Reading and has since worked on children's books and as an archaeological illustrator; she also specialises in illustrated maps and architectural subjects. Her LONGEST DOT TO DOT books express her passion for exploring the graphic and linear qualities of the world in an imaginative and engaging new way. She also paints and draws the mediterranean landscapes of her home in Paphos.
The Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled religious and temporal leader of Tibet and winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, is recognised internationally as a spiritual leader and statesman. He lives in Dharamsala, India. Nicholas Vreeland has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist monk since 1985, when he was ordained by the Dalai Lama. Since 1998 he has been the Director of the Tibet Center.
Richard Dalby is a literary biographer and researcher. He has edited books including The Sorceress in Stained Glass, The Best Ghost Stories of H Russell Wakefield; Dracula's Blood; Ghosts and Scholars and well as the previous three volumes of Virago ghost stories.
Elizabeth Dale always dreamed of being a writer but somehow got side-tracked into studying for a physics degree, followed by health service management. When her children were born she finally returned to her dream, writing thousands of short stories for magazines all over the world. Re-discovering a love of children's books while reading to her daughters, she decided to turn her hand to writing them - and has now published over twenty books for children, including picture books and junior fiction. Rory's Robot is her first title for Franklin Watts. Writing is her full-time job, but also her favourite activity. She also enjoys reading, gardening, walking, and being in the country. Her favourite children's books include Walk Two Moons, The Selfish Giant, Cosmic, and Someone Else's Life. She loves watching cosy sentimental films, such as You've Got Mail, Return to Me, and While You Were Sleeping, as well as classic old films starring Cary Grant, Fred Astaire and Doris Day. Elizabeth is married, with three daughters, and lives in a village in West Sussex. Her eldest daughter, Katie, is also a children's author with Hachette.
Editor Iain Dale is co-founder of Politico's Bookstore in Westminster and has worked as a parliamentary researcher, financial journalist and political lobbyist.
Katie Dale had her first poem 'The Fate of The School Hamster' published in The Cadbury's Book of Children's Poetry, aged 8 and hasn't stopped writing since. On graduating, she went travelling through South-East Asia - only to discover whilst in a Vietnam internet cafe that she was a winner of the SCBWI 2008 Undiscovered Voices competition. After completing his degree at Loughborough and his MA in Illustration at Falmouth, Matt Buckingham moved to London and established himself as a successful children's book author and illustrator. He now lives in the Cheshire countryside with his wife, two children and two naughty dogs.