Sample, Geoff

Geoff Sample was brought up in Northumberland and the Scottish Highlands, where his early ambition was to be a naturalist and live like Gavin Maxwell. After being sidetracked into an education in Classics and a sojourn as guitarist and music producer, he wove the threads together to study and record the ancient culture of birdsong and its context in natural soundscapes. He began by publishing his own CDs through Wildsong and has subsequently produced sound guides for HarperCollins, including the best-selling Collins Bird Songs and Calls. He regularly collaborates with contemporary artists, particularly Marcus Coates and Hanna Tuulikki, and produces installations and radio pieces in his own right exploring sound in the open landscape. His recordings find their way into all sorts of unlikely places on music albums, radio, TV and film. But he can still occasionally be heard warbling and fiddling with six-stringed boxes in various venues in Northumberland.

Smit, Tim

Sir Tim Smit is best known for his achievements in Cornwall. He ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan with John Nelson, and today Heligan is one of the UK’s best loved gardens. Tim is Executive Vice-Chairman, and Co-founder of the multi Award winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Eden began as a dream in 1995 and opened its doors to the public in 2000, since when more than 18 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit, turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture symbolic of human endeavour

Waters, Steve

Steve Waters is a playwright who also writes for television and radio. His plays include Limehouse(Donmar Warehouse, 2017), Temple (Donmar 2015), The Contingency Plan (The Bush Theatre 2009) and the monologue In a Vulnerable Place (2014), all published by Nick Hern Books. His work for radio includes Deep Swimmer (R4, 2016) and Bretton Woods (R3, 2014). Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, his book The Secret Life of Plays is also published by Nick Hern.

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