Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach has written eighteen novels, many of which she has adapted for TV and film. Her novels include Tulip Fever, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (both made into movies) and Heartbreak Hotel. Her screenplay for Pride and Prejudice was nominated for a BAFTA. She has served as Chair of the Management Committee, has served on the Executive Committee of PEN and is…

Andrew Motion

Andrew Motion FRSL is a poet, novelist and biographer, and co-founder and co-director of the Poetry Archive. He was the UK’s Poet Laureate between 1999 and 2009, and in 2009 was knighted for his services to poetry. He has been President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Chair of the Booker Prize. He now…

Ben Okri

Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, and playwright. He has published many books including The Famished Road, which won the Booker Prize in 1991, The Age of Magic, Dangerous Love, In Arcadia, and Astonishing the Gods. He has published ten novels, three books of short stories, two collections of essays, and three volumes of poems, the latest being Wild. His works…

Derek Parker

Derek Parker is a British writer and broadcaster, and the author of over 45 books on literature, dance, and opera, and has previously worked as a journalist and drama critic. He has also co-authored several books on astrology with his wife, Julia Parker. He now lives in Sydney where he broadcasts regularly on finemusicfm.com – a music station…

Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin, OBE, DL, FRSE is a crime writer whose Inspector Rebus novels have been adapted as a television series. He has won many awards for his writing including the Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger Award, Specsavers National Book Award for Outstanding Achievement and Edgar Award for best novel. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of the…

Piers Paul Read

Piers Paul Read, FRSL, is a novelist, biographer and historian. During his career he has won the SoA’s Somerset Maugham Award for his novel Monk Dawson, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his book A Season in the West, and had his novels adapted for television and film. Alive. The Story of the Andes Survivors was his…

Gillian Reynolds

Gillian Reynolds, MBE is a radio critic, journalist and broadcaster. She has been a radio critic at the Daily Telegraph since 1975 and previously held the same post at the Guardian. She is also a Fellow of The Radio Academy and the Royal Television Society and was awarded her MBE in 1999.

JK Rowling

J.K. Rowling, OBE, FRSL is a novelist, screenwriter and author of the Harry Potter series which has sold over 450 million copies, are distributed in more than 200 territories and translated into 79 languages.  She has written four books since, including The Casual Vacancy, her first novel for adults and, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The…

Anne Sebba

Anne Sebba is a non-fiction writer, biographer, lecturer and journalist. Her books have predominantly focused on iconic women in 20th century history including Mother Teresa, Laura Ashley, Jennie Churchill, Wallis Simpson and a history of women reporters. She served as Chair of the Management Committee from 2012 to 2014. annesebba.com

Lemn Sissay

Lemn Sissay’s published his first poetry collection at the age of 21. Since then, his work has included seven more collections, eight plays, his Landmark Poem installations in Manchester and London, as well as collaborations with recording, visual and performance artists. He was the first Black Writers Development Worker in the North of England. He established Cultureword,…

Hilary Spurling

Hilary Spurling, CBE, FRSL is a British journalist and biographer. She won the Whitbread Prize for her biography on Henri Matisse, and was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 2010 for her book Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China. She was also awarded the SoA’s Travelling Scholarship, the Duff Cooper prize and Heyward Hill…

Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard’s most recent play is The Hard Problem. His plays include Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Inspector Hound, and After Magritte. He has written eight Evening Standard award-winning plays and five of his plays have won Tony awards. His most recent work for BBC television was Parade’s End (Ford Madox Ford), and his original television play Professional Foul won awards from BAFTA and…