Claire Tomalin

Claire Tomalin worked in publishing, then as a journalist, becoming Literary Editor of the New Statesman and later the Sunday Times. She has written biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft, Katherine Mansfield, Jane Austen, Samuel Pepys, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens and others.

Rose Tremain

Dame Rose Tremain, DBE FRSL is an author whose work has been published in thirty countries. She has won the Orange Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, The Whitbread ‘Novel of the Year’ Award and the Prix Femina Étranger in France. She is currently Chancellor of the University of East Anglia and has twice judged…

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope, CBE is the author of nineteen contemporary novels and in 2012 was chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award for her novel Parson Harding’s Daughter. In 1996 she was appointed CBE. Joanna is a Trustee of the National Literacy Trust, Trustee of the Royal literary Fund…

Sarah Waters

Sarah Waters has written six novels including Tipping the Velvet, The Night Watch and The Paying Guests. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Orange Prize and Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her novel Affinity was also awarded the SoA’s Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. She served on the Management Committee from 2009…

Fay Weldon

Fay Weldon, CBE, FRSL is the author of 34 novels as well as TV dramas, radio plays and short stories. She has chaired the Booker Prize and serves on the board of the Danish Press Freedom Society. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE. fayweldon.co.uk

Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson, DBE, FRSL is a children’s author best known for her book The Story of Tracy Beaker and more recently the Hetty Feather series. She was the UK Nominee for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014 and has won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award, the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and the Smarties Medal. She is…

Philip Ziegler

Philip Ziegler is a biographer and historian whose book on Edward Heath won the SoA’s Elizabeth Longford Prize in 2011. He has written for several publications including the Spectator, the Daily Telegraph and History Today.

Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is an author of nineteen novels in varying genres, including Chocolat, two collections of short stories, a Dr. Who novelette, various stage musical projects and three cookbooks. Joanne’s books have been published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She succeeded David Donachie as Chair of the SoA’s…