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Midorikawa, Emily

Emily Midorikawa

Emily Midorikawa is the author of A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Brontё, Eliot and Woolf, co-written with Emma Claire Sweeney and with a foreword by Margaret Atwood. She also co-runs the blog Something Rhymed, which celebrates female literary friendship. Emily is a winner of the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Her journalism has appeared in, among others, the Daily Telegraph, the Paris Review, the Times and the Washington Post.

Pullen, Christine

Christine Pullen

Christine Pullen is an independent scholar and biographer who has contributed articles to scholarly journals, presented papers at conferences and lectured on various aspects of late nineteenth-century social history and women’s writing. Her first full length publication, The Woman Who Dared: A Biography of Amy Levy, was issued by Kingston University Press in November 2010.

Clark, Adrian

Adrian Clark

Adrian Clark writes on 20th-century British art. He has published British and Irish Art 1945-1951: From War to Festival (Hogarth Arts, 2010); Queer Saint: The Cultured Life of Peter Watson (John Blake, 2015); and Fighting on All Fronts: John Rothenstein in the Art World (Unicorn, 2018).

Doughty, Simon

Simon Doughty

Simon Doughty was commissioned into The Life Guards in 1976, retiring from the Army in 2009 in the rank of colonel. He is a graduate of the Army Staff College, Camberley, and undertook a Defence Fellowship at Kings College, London, gaining an MA in War Studies in 1997.

He now edits The Guards Magazine and is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

He has collaborated with the photographer James Kerr on two photographic and textural studies of the First World War landscape: Silent Landscape – Western Front (2016, reprinted 2018), and Silent Landscape – Gallipoli (2018), published by Helion Books.

Simon’s book on The Guards Regiments during The First World War, The Guards Came Through, was published by Third Millennium (an imprint of Profile Books Ltd) in 2016.

Simon’s current project is a biography of Field Marshal The Earl of Cavan, who commanded the Guards Division during the First World War and was the Chief of the Imperial General Staff in the 1920s.

Briggs, Paddy

briggs_paddyPaddy Briggs has one published biography behind him and has recently been commissioned to write another. His published work was John Shepherd – The Loyal Cavalier, which was the story of the West Indian Test cricketer and loyal servant of county cricket John Shepherd (Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians, 2009). His latest project is a biography of the distinguished pensions expert and campaigner for the disabled Alan Pickering CBE, who was the author of the “Pickering Report” published at the request of the Government in 2002 (Biteback 2017).

Parkes, Sophie

parkes_sophieSophie has contributed to the music press since she was 15 years old. She specialises in folk and traditional music news, reviews and interviews, and published her first book Wayward Daughter, the official biography of folk musician Eliza Carthy MBE, with Soundcheck Books in 2012.

From Light To Dark, her ghostwritten autobiography of blind endurance athlete and charity fundraiser Dave Heeley, was published by Pitch Publishing in 2016.

Beskin, Geraldine

Geraldine Beskin and her daughter own a bookshop in Bloomsbury that was established in the 1920s.

Her speciality is Western Esotericism, and she has been commissioned by a big American publisher to write about two of the business’ old customers. Geraldine creates biographical talks and presents them at home and around the world.

Eger, Elizabeth

eger_elizabethElizabeth Eger is Reader in English at King’s College London. Her research interests include the history of luxury, 18th-century literary and visual culture and the history of collecting.

She has published Bluestockings: Women of Reason from Enlightenment to Romanticism, and co-curated an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery: Brilliant Women: 18th-Century Bluestockings. She is writing a biography: Elizabeth Montagu: A Life in Letters.

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Hamlyn Williams, Phil

hamlyn_williams_philPhil Hamlyn Williams took an MA in Professional Writing at University College Falmouth in 2008. Since he retired from being Chief Executive of Lincoln Cathedral he has been writing the story of how the British Army was mechanised in WW2. The book is to be published by the History Press in September 2016. His next project is to write a family biography of the man who discovered Charlotte Bronte.