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Bernard Azulay was born in North London in 1961. When he was five, his father introduced him to 'the Home of Football', and his relationship with the Arsenal was sealed in the back of the car leaving White Hart Lane in 1971 when Ray Kennedy signed his programme: 'To Bernard, whom I travelled home with after the game'. He now writes a regular column for the Irish Examiner, Ireland's fastest-growing daily paper, and is a contributor to The Gooner fanzine and the Arsenal-World website. He lives a few pitch lengths away from the famous Marble Halls with his partner Róna and their pooch Treacle.
Demian Lichtenstein is an experienced filmmaker. He won an MTV Award for Best Independent Music Video and went on to produce and direct more than 250 others for artists including Sting and Eric Clapton. He made his first feature film, Lowball, for the Showtime Network and then wrote, produced and directed 3000 Miles to Graceland for Warner Brothers. For the last 14 years he's been Senior Head Coach for Landmark Education, a leadership programme, and is now CEO of Equilibrium Entertainment. Shajen Joy Aziz has a Masters' degree in education and educates educators. She is Director of Operations for Equilibrium Entertainment See www.DiscovertheGift.com for more information on this remarkable project, including a trailer for the film.
Russell Ayto was born in Chichester, Sussex and brought up in Oxfordshire. The thing he loves best is the chance to be creative and use his imagination to make characters come to life. He has illustrated many picture books and been shortlisted for the Nestle Award, the Mother Goose Award and the Blue Peter Book Awards, and won the 2008 inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize for The Witch's Children Go to School.
Russell Ayto has illustrated books by many leading picture-book authors, including Ian Whybrow and Cressida Cowell. His book The Witch's Children was shortlisted for the Greenaway Award in 2004 and The Witch's Children and the Queen won the Gold Award for the Nestle Children's Book Prize in 2003. His most recent accolade was the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for The Witch's Children Go to School in 2008.
Pam Ayres (Reader) Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years. She is the author of several best-selling poetry books, including The Works, Surgically Enhanced, You Made Me Late Again!, and The Last Hedgehog. Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was a best seller when it was published in 2011. On radio she is a regular on Just A Minute, has made six series of her own Ayres On The Air, and has appeared twice on the legendary Desert Island Discs. Pam performs her solo stage show throughout the UK, and lives in the Cotswolds, where she is an enthusiastic gardener for wildlife.
Pam Ayres (Author, Reader) Pam Ayres has been a writer, broadcaster, and entertainer for over 40 years. She is the author of several best-selling poetry books, including The Works, Surgically Enhanced, You Made Me Late Again!, and The Last Hedgehog. Pam’s autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude, was a best seller when it was published in 2011. On radio she is a regular on Just A Minute, has made six series of her own Ayres On The Air, and has appeared twice on the legendary Desert Island Discs. Pam performs her solo stage show throughout the UK, and lives in the Cotswolds, where she is an enthusiastic gardener for wildlife.
Pauline Stewart was born in Hackney, London in 1962, and her parents are Jamaican. She is a freelance writer, working on a huge variety of projects: fiction, theatre, short stories, poetry, and journalism, and she also runs poetry and theatre workshops. Alex Ayliffe studied at Harrow Art college and since graduating she has illustrated over 30 children's books. She specialises in collage and is inspired by colour and faces.
Steve Aylett is the author of several books including LINT, Slaughtermatic and Novahead. A series of administrative errors have resulted in his doing stand-up comedy and making comics, music and a film. Steve won the Jack Trevor Story Award and was a finalist for the Philip K Dick Award.
Born in the UK in 1974 and raised in Ghana, Nii Parkes lives in Manchester. He has performed poetry in the UK, Europe, Ghana and the US and was a 2005 Associate Artist-in-Residence with BBC Radio 3. In 2007 he was writer-in-residence at California State University, and became one of the youngest living writers to be featured in the Poems on the Underground programme in London for his poem Tin Roof. Tail of the Bluebird is his first novel.
Sir Alfred Ayer caused a furore with the publication of his LANGUAGE, TRUTH & LOGIC in 1936, when he was only 24. From 1959 until 1978 he was Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford. He died in 1989. Ben Rogers is the author of A. J.AYER: A LIFE (Chatto & Windus 1999, Vintage 2000).
Born in London in 1939, Alan Ayckbourn is one of the world's most popular and prolific playwrights. He has written 74 full length plays and more than 20 other revues and plays for children. He is also an acclaimed director. Alan Ayckbourn was awarded a CBE in 1987. Ten years later to the day, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II 'for services to the theatre.'
Michael Axworthy is the author of The Sword of Persia and Iran: Empire of the Mind, which established him as one of the world's principal experts on the country. He was head of the Iran Section of the British Foreign Office from 1998-2000 and senior lecturer and Director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies at the University of Exeter. He died in 2019.
Virginia Axline (1911-1988) was a pioneer of play therapy for children.
Robert Axelrod is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan. He has been consulted on cooperation by the United Nations, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Josh Axelrad is a professional blackjack player. He has won hundreds of thousands of dollars from casinos. A native of southern California and a philosophy graduate from Columbia University, Josh currently resides in New York. When he's not on the road, he broadcasts for NPR and writes for the Moon City Review.
Diane Awerbuck teaches high school English and History to Cape Town schoolgirls. She knows that someday she will have to go back to Kimberley. Gardening at Night won the 2004 Commonwealth Best First Book Award (Africa and the Caribbean), and was shortlisted for the International Dublin IMPAC Award. She is also author of a collection of short stories, Cabin Fever (2011), and the novel Home Remedies (2012).
Rana Awdish is an intensive care doctor and the director of the Pulmonary Hypertension Programme at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr Awdish's mandate is to improve the patient experience across the US health system and speak on patient advocacy at healthcare venues across the country. She was awarded the Critical Care Teaching Award in 2016 and, in 2017, the Press Ganey Physician of the Year Award and The Schwartz Center's National Compassionate Caregiver Award.
Tom Avery was born and raised in London in a very large, very loud family, descendants of the notorious pirate Henry Avery. He trained as a teacher and has worked with children in inner city schools in London and Birmingham. Tom lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two sons.
Ellis Avery studied the Japanese tea ceremony for five years in New York and Kyoto, and now teaches Creative Writing at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in The Village Voice, Kyoto Journal, LIT and Pacific Reader and has been performed at New York's Expanded Arts Theatre. She lives in New York City.
Corrinne Averiss (Author) Author of the critically-acclaimed CILIP Greenaway-nominated book, A Dot in the Snow, Corrinne Averiss is a writer of thoughtful and humorous stories for children. She is the author of Floss the Playground Boss and Joy. Corrinne has spent much of her life being a professional silly person in children’s television; she created the four-time Children’s BAFTA-winning Share a Story competition and has an animated series under commission from CBeebies. Corrinne lives with her husband, daughter and cat. Susan Varley (Illustrator) Susan Varley is an award-winning artist who has illustrated many books for Andersen Press. Her picture book Badger's Parting Gifts is one of the most enduring of all time, winning many prizes, including the Mother Goose Award in 1985.
Ryan Avent is a senior editor and economics columnist for The Economist, where he has covered the global economy since 2007. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Atlantic and the Guardian. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife, two children and golden retriever.
Jean Aveline is a British author who lives and writes in Thailand
Asa Avdic is a journalist who for years was a presenter for Swedish Public Service Radio and Television and is currently a host of Sweden’s biggest morning current events programme. She lives with her family in Stockholm, Sweden. The Dying Game is her first novel.
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