2019

2019

Zommer, Yuval

Yuval Zommer: After graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Illustration, Yuval worked for many years as a creative director at leading advertising agencies before becoming the author and illustrator of children’s non-fiction. His stunning Big Book Of… natural-history series has been published in 24 languages and has won numerous awards. Yuval’s …

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Watt, Simon

Simon Watt: Simon is a biologist, writer, comedian and TV presenter, who takes science-based performances into schools, museums, theatres and festivals. Simon runs the Ugly Animal Preservation Society, a comedy night with a conservation twist, and is co-creator and host of the science panel show podcast, Level Up Human. He was a presenter on Channel 4’s …

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Warwick, Hugh

Hugh Warwick is an author and ecologist with a particular, and some consider peculiar, interest in hedgehogs. In his first book, A Prickly Affair, he argued that hedgehogs are the most important creature on the planet and in The Beauty in the Beast ended up getting his first and last tattoo (of a hedgehog, of course). But eccentricities …

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Vahed, Karim

Professor Karim Vahed: Entomologist Karim has a special interest in Orthoptera (crickets, bushcrickets and relatives) and is an authority on post-copulatory sexual selection and inter-sexual conflict in arthropods, including the offering of food gifts to prospective partners. He is an expert on the extraordinary scaly cricket, an unusual beach-dwelling species in Britain known from only three …

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Smyth, Richard

Richard Smyth:  Richard is an author, novelist and critic based in Yorkshire, who writes about nature and books for the TLS, The Guardian, New Statesman, BBC Wildlife Magazine and Literary Review. His latest book is A Sweet, Wild Note: What We Hear When the Birds Sing, a cultural history of birdsong.

Sharkey, Fergal

Seán Feargal Sharkey OBE (born 13 August 1958) is a singer from Northern Ireland most widely known as the lead vocalist of pop punk band The Undertones in the 1970s and 1980s, and for solo works in the 1980s and 1990s. His 1985 solo single “A Good Heart” was an international success. After becoming less …

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Sethi, Anita

Anita Sethi was born in Manchester, UK. Her book, I Belong Here: a Journey Along the Backbone of Britain has been described as “a magnificent and redemptive achievement” by The Bookseller, “a memoir of rare power” by the Guardian, “an amazing odyssey: inspiring, powerful, encouraging and incredibly brave” by the Independent whilst the Sunday Times review wrote: “punchier and more political than most nature writing, this book is a thing …

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Richer, Suzi

Dr Suzi Richer: Suzi is an environmental archaeologist specialising in pollen analysis and the relationship between people and the environment in both the deep past and present, with a focus on woodlands. Based at the University of York, she works on a range of projects in the UK, Ireland and France, and her favourite tree …

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Porteous, Katrina

Katrina Porteous is a poet, historian and broadcaster, much of whose work involves a detailed and loving celebration of the people, landscapes and wildlife of the Northumbrian coast where she lives. She has written extensively about local inshore fishing traditions, and often works in collaboration with artists and musicians, including painter James Dodds (Longshore Drift) and …

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Pilcher, Helen

Helen Pilcher: A science writer and performer, Helen mainly writes for The Guardian, New Scientist, BBC Science Focus and BBC Wildlife magazines. Her first book, Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction, was BBC Radio 2’s ‘Fact not Fiction’ Book of the Week. Helen has a PhD in Cell Biology and, until children arrived, …

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