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Born in Stockport, Tess is the co-host of Strictly Come Dancing. She has worked on several successful TV shows from Singled Out to SMTV Live. Tess opened the Royal Variety Performance in 2008 and co-hosts Children in Need. In 2007 Tess and her husband Vernon Kay presented Just The Two of Us together. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Phoebe and Amber.
Max Daly specialises in drugs and social affairs journalism. He was editor of Druglink, feeding the national media and the sector with UK drug use trends, investigations and analysis of the UK drug market, for eight years. His articles have informed the government and the Serious Organised Crime Agency. Previously he was deputy news editor on the Big Issue. He has written for the Guardian, Daily Mirror, BBC, Independent and Mail on Sunday. Steve Sampson has worked across local, regional and national press covering a variety of sectors from politics, regulation and finance to social exclusion, drugs and crime. He has written for the Guardian, Time Out, Big Issue and has written for Druglink for the past fifteen years. He currently works as a freelance features writer and copy editor.
Paula Daly is the acclaimed author of six novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books have been developed for the new ITV television series, DEEP WATER, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet, Skippy.
Anthony Daly is one of the most respected and dynamic hurlers and managers of his generation. He has enjoyed success as captain of the senior Clare hurling team throughout the 1990s, and more recently as manager of the Clare and Dublin teams respectively. His playing career saw him winning two senior All-Ireland medals, three Munster provincial medals, and three All-Star awards. At club level, he holds five county club medals for Clarecastle, and a provincial medal in 1997. Daly managed the Clare senior team from 2003 to 2006, and was manager of the Dublin team from 2008 until 2014, culminating in Dublin winning the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship in 2013, for the first time in 52 years.
Gavin Daly is a reporter with the Sunday Times. Ian Kehoe is a reporter with the Sunday Business Post.
Dr Nigel Dalziel is the curator of the Lancaster Maritime Museum and the editor of numerous collections of Victorian photographs.
Jeanne Damas is a model, actress, and founder of the clothing brand Rouje. She starred in Guillaume Canet's latest film and appeared on Forbes' 30 under 30 list. She lives in Paris.
Antonio Damasio is a University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Neurology, and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Damasio's other books include Self Comes to Mind, Looking for Spinoza and The Feeling of What Happens. He has received the Honda Prize, the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, and, shared with his wife Hanna, the Pessoa, Signoret, and Cozzarelli prizes. Damasio is a fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He lives in Los Angeles.
Hassan Damluji is Deputy Director at the world's largest philanthropy, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he leads a global team responsible for policy and advocacy across the Middle East, Pakistan, Japan and Korea. He is also active in politics and education in the UK, where he has founded a school rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. He has been named every year since 2015 as one of the 100 most influential Arabs under 40, by Arabian Business magazine.
Thibault Damour is a theoretical physicist who teaches at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Paris. His award-winning work focuses on black holes, gravitational waves and quantum cosmology.
William Dampier (c.1651-1715) was a pirate and adventurer who was (albeit for chaotic and unintended reasons) the first man to voyage round the world three times. A New Voyage Round the World (1697), written from notes kept during his first long voyage, was a literary sensation (inspiring Gulliver's Travels) and the model for all the great British naturalists and explorers of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. His many wanderings took him from the Arctic to the South Pacific. He rescued Alexander Selkirk from his four years in the Juan Fernandez Islands (inspiring Robinson Crusoe). He died back in England, having had one final triumph in successfully piloting a small fleet in the Pacific to capture a treasure-crammed 'Manila Galleon', a Spanish trading ship.
Megan Hart and Lauren Dane spend way too many hours chatting via IM and giggling, but between them they've written 39 books across several genres.Taking Care of Business is their first joint project. Learn more about them at their websites: www.meganhart.com and www.laurendane.com
Meredith Daneman is a former dancer with both the Royal Ballet, to which she won a scholarship in the late 1950's, and the Australian Ballet Company. She saw Fonteyn dance many times. Meredith Daneman has written two highly-acclaimed novels. She lives in London.
emily was born and raised in Miles City, Montana, a town best known for its Bucking Horse Sale-which was once listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for hosting the most intoxicated people, per capita, of any US event. She obsessively collects erasers, large-letter linen postcards from the 1940s, snow-globes, and neologisms. (She has an iced-coffee addiction, too.) emily has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English-Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her short fiction has won the International Queer Writing Award. She now teaches creative writing and literature courses at Rhode Island College in Providence
Mark Z. Danielewski, son of a film director who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival, grew up in Utah, is in his mid-thirties and was educated at Harvard, where he was taught by Harold Bloom. He attended the most prestigious film school in America at the University of Southern California and has written a number of screenplays. His sister, Poe, is a cult rock star in the States.
John Daniell is originally from New Zealand. When Rugby Union turned professional in 1996 he was one of the first players to emigrate to Europe. He spent over a decade playing in the top competitions in France, for his Montpellier team. He is now a freelance sports journalist, having also studied at Oxford. He lives in Paris and visits the UK frequently.
Katie Hims (Author) Katie Hims is a British writer who works extensively in radio drama. A graduate of the National Film and Television School, she began her career by writing theatre plays were were produced in Manchester, Bristol, and London. She was the BBC writer in residence from 2001-2002 and has also written several episodes of the TV series Casualty. Her first radio play The Earthquake Girl won the Richard Imison Memorial Award in 1998. The Gunshot Wedding won the Writers Guild Award for Best Radio Drama in 2009, and The Year My Mother Went Missing won a BBC Audio Drama Award in 2012 for Best Audio Drama. Sebastian Baczkiewicz (Author) Sebastian Baczkiewicz is an English writer. Bacziewicz trained as an actor at The Drama Centre in London. He was the BBC's first writer in residence in 2000. [Wikipedia] Lucy Catherine (Author) Lucy Catherine has written extensively for BBC Radio Drama, including her adaptation of THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Mikhail Bulgakov (2015), which won the BBC 'Best Audio Drama (Adapted)' Award; her adaptation of Mary Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN (2012); and her half hour 'Gothic Horror' original LOOTED.
J. D. Daniels is the recipient of a 2016 Whiting Award and The Paris Review’s 2013 Terry Southern Prize. His 'Letter from Majorca' was selected for The Best American Essays 2013.
Natalie Daniels is the pseudonym for screenwriter, author and actress Clara Salaman who you may recognise as DS Claire Stanton from The Bill. She lives in London and in Northern Spain.
Colin Dann was born in Richmond, Surrey in 1943. He worked for a large textile company before landing a job in publishing at William Collins in London. During this time, he wrote his first book THE ANIMALS OF FARTHING WOOD which was an immediate success, winning the Arts Council of Great Britain's National Book Award for Children's Literature and has been translated into sixteen languages. Six sequels and a prequel have followed and in 1992 a major animation series, based on the Farthing Wood stories appeared on BBC television. He lives with his wife in a on the Sussex/Kent border.
Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois have edited over a dozen anthologies together, and have authored and edited another four dozen books between them. Jack Dann is a ten time finalist for the Nebula Award and the winner of two World Fantasy Awards, and Gardner Dozois is the long-time editor of Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
General Sir Richard Dannatt is one of the most respected British Generals of modern times. He stepped down from the position of Chief of the General Staff in September 2009. In the same year he was appointed by the Queen to the position of Constable of the Tower of London. He is the chairman of the Royal United Services Institute and acts as a defence advisor to the Conservative Party.
Dante Alighieri was born in Florence in 1265 and belonged to a noble but impoverished family. He met Beatrice, who was to be his muse, in 1274, and when she died in 1290 he sought distraction in philosophy and theology, and wrote La Vita Nuova. He worked on the Divine Comedy from 1308 until near the time of his death in Ravenna in 1321.
EDWIDGE DANTICAT is the author of Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak!; The Farming of Bones; and Behind the Mountains, a young adult novel; The Dew Breaker and Anacaona. She is also the editor of The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States and The Beacon Best of 2000: Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures.
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