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Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher, specialising in interpreting symbols and examining art works within their historical context. She is Course Director for the Undergraduate Certificate and Diploma in History of Art at the Department for Continuing Education, Oxford University. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep, covering everything from the sculptures of antiquity to post-modern architecture. She has also written and presented a number of documentaries for BBC4 and Radio Four, and is a regular guest presenter of Front Row. She is a passionate and enthused academic driven by a desire to share ideas.
Mark Ramprakash played for Middlesex between 1987 and 2000, and for England between 1991 and 2002. He currently plays for Surrey and scored his 100th century against Yorkshire in August 2008. He has two daughters.
Mike Rampton is an experienced writer and journalist and his parenting articles - inspired by his own encounters as a new parent - have featured in HuffPost UK and Guardian. Mike's writing has also featured in Metro, GQ, Vice, Men's Health, Kerrang!, Mel, Gentleman's Journal, NME, and Mr Hyde.
Lou Ramsden (Author) Lou Ramsden is a playwright whose works for the stage include Breed and Hundreds and Thousands. Among her radio plays are Dos and Don'ts for the Mentally Interesting (which won the Mind 'Mental Health In the Media' Award for Best Radio Drama in 2009), Pouring Poison and Tinsel Girl.
Rosie Ramsden is a cook, writer and food stylist for delicious. magazine. She publishes recipes on her blog, Rose Cottage, and paints pictures of fruit and veg in oil and watercolour.
Harry Venning (Author) 'Clare in the Community began as a strip cartoon in the social work magazine Care Weekly. Six weeks later Care Weekly ceased publication, but no link was ever established between the two events. After this less than auspicious start she transferred to The Guardian, where she has been ever since. In 2004 Clare made the leap from a printed page to the airwaves of Radio 4 as a sitcom, which demanded her character be fleshed out considerably. We decided that she should be white, middle class and heterosexual - all of which are causes of discomfort to her - and that her obsessive involvement in other people's lives was the way she avoided addressing the problems of her own. At first we had a bit of a dilemma regarding Clare's professional competence. Although we were keen to avoid joining in with the national pastime of denigrating social workers, as popularised by certain right-leaning newspapers, Clare was funnier the more insensitive, oblivious, self-absorbed and generally useless she was. Ultimately, we went for the funny option and so far no social workers have complained of misrepresentation. In fact, quite the opposite. Social workers often compliment us on how accurate the shows are, and are surprised that we have no background in the profession. This is particularly flattering, since we have always prided ourselves on writing the shows from a position of profound ignorance. We have our moles on the inside who feed us workplace jargon and steer us away from glaring inaccuracies, but apart from that we have studiously avoided any kind of research. First, because for the show to have mass appeal it has to be accessible to an audience without any specialist knowledge, and secondly because we are too lazy. People often think it's the actors who make comedies funny, but it isn't. It's the writing. Having said that, Clare in the Community has been particularly lucky in its cast. So, grudging thanks to them. And since we're thanking people we really should mention our infinitely patient, endlessly resourceful, multi-talented producer Katie Tyrell.' Harry Venning & David Ramsden, writers of Clare in the Community, June 2007 David Ramsden (Author) David Ramsden is a teacher and freelance writer, best known for co-writing (along with Harry Venning) the scripts for the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Clare in the Community.
Morten Ramsland, born in 1971, has a degree in Danish and Art History. He is married, with a young son and daughter. Doghead is his first book to be published in English. It became a huge bestseller in Denmark, where he won Author of the Year, Book of the Year, the Reader's Prize and the most prestigious prize for literature, the Golden Laurel Prize.
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) is best known for her philosophy of Objectivism and her novels We the Living, Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged.
Inspired by the Tom Jones hit ‘A Boy From Nowhere’, TIM RANDALL became a journalist and author, writing about television and interviewing some of the nation’s most famous faces. A self-confessed TV geek, his recent books include the bestselling 50 Years of Coronation Street, The Official EastEnders Annual and Rainbow Unzipped. WALL TO WALL (part of the Shed Media Group) is one of the UK’s leading production companies and the home of The Voice UK. Media entrepeneur John de Mol’s Dutch company TALPA is responsible for the creation and production of a number of leading television brands, including global sensation The Voice, which is now being produced in over 20 countries worldwide.
After his wartime career, John Randall ran a highly successful business training school .Adored by his wife, children and grandchildren, he had passionate feelings about the events he lived through. He was the quintessential English gentleman, a quiet man of integrity and with a steely resolve that carried him through his long and fascinating life. Mei Trow is a military historian who has recently ghostwritten Survivor, the story of Holocaust survivor Sam Pivnik (Hodder and Stoughton, 2012) and Survivor on the River Kwai (Penguin, 2013). The author of 60 books, Mei’s output has covered detective fiction, true crime and historical biography.
Jeff Randall is a contemporary of Irvine Welsh. Like Welsh, he is familiar with the gritty underbelly of Edinburgh life and is a fanatical supporter of Hibs Football Club. It is rare that men like him open their hearts.
Professor Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University. Randall's studies have made her among the most cited and influential theoretical physicists. She has also had a public presence through her writing, lectures, and radio and TV appearances. Her book Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions was included in the New York Times' 100 notable books of 2005. Professor Randall was included in the list of Time magazine's '100 Most Influential People' of 2007 and was featured in Newsweek's 'Who's Next in 2006' as 'one of the most promising theoretical physicists of her generation'. Randall has received numerous awards and honors for her scientific endeavors. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Randall is an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics.
Theo Randall, who served his apprenticeship with Max Magarian in London and Alice Waters in San Francisco, was head chef at the Michelin-starred River Cafe for ten years. He now runs his own restaurant, Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane, in London, and has earned unparalleled rave reviews from critics and food-lovers. A natural teacher, his monthly classes at the restaurant are ever popular and he regularly appears on television shows like Saturday Kitchen. Theo lives in London with his wife and two small children.
Dr C W Randolph has treated more than 100,000 women with hormone imbalance over the past 20 years. He is an obstetrician and gynaecologist and a frequent speaker for medical and women's organisations. Genie James co-founded the Natural Hormone Institute of America with Dr Randolph and serves as Executive Director of Women's Medicine Inc., an organisation dedicated to offering women natural medicine products.
Romesh Ranganathan is a stand-up comedian and actor. A former maths teacher, he made his comedy circuit debut in 2010, and has quickly established himself as one of British comedy’s brightest stars. His two Edinburgh Festival shows, ‘Rom Com’ and ‘Rom Wasn’t Built In a Day’, were nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Foster’s Best Newcomer Award 2013 and Best Show Award 2014. In 2015 his BBC series Asian Provocateur was nominated for a BAFTA and received wide critical acclaim. In 2016 his debut solo tour, Irrational, sold over 100,000 tickets and saw Romesh receive the Ents24 Hardest Working Comedian of the Year award. Romesh appears frequently on multiple TV and radio shows, is the star of Asian Provocateur, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, The Reluctant Landlord and Just Another Immigrant, and a regular on A League of Their Own. He writes occasionally for the Guardian.
Charles Rangeley-Wilson is an award-winning writer. He is a passionate conservationist, founder of the Wild Trout Trust and the Norfolk Rivers Trust and advisor to WWF on English chalk streams. He is the author of two books of travel and fishing writing, The Accidental Angler, which was also televised by the BBC and Silt Road: The Story of a Lost River. His other work for BBC includes the critically acclaimed film Fish! A Japanese Obsession. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and two children.
Robert Rankin is the author of Web Site Story, Waiting for Godalming, Sex and Drugs and Sausage Rolls, Snuff Fiction, Apocalypso, The Dance of the Voodoo Handbag, Sprout Mask Replica, Nostradamus Ate My Hamster, A Dog Called Demolition, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, The Most Amazing Man Who Ever Lived, The Greatest Show Off Earth, Raiders of the Lost Car Park, The Book of Ultimate Truths, the Armageddon quartet (three books), and the Brentford trilogy (five books) which are all published by Corgi Books. Robert Rankin's latest novel, The Fandom of the Operator, is now available as a Doubleday hardback. For more information on Robert Rankin and his books, see his website at www.lostcarpark.com/sproutlore
Neil is the chef behind Temper Soho and Temper City. Temper won best newcomer at the OFM Awards in 2017. Temper Soho is an open fire-pit restaurant serving up barbecue with a South American influence - tacos, tortillas and mezcal. Temper City serves up barbecue with an Indian influence - offering curry, tandoor and roti breads. Before opening Temper, Neil Rankin had cooked at Rhodes 24 and Chez Bruce, Barbecoa, Pitt Cue and John Salt. Neil opened Smokehouse in 2013 and a second Smokehouse in 2015 as well as Bad Egg, all in London. Neil is also a regular at Meatopia and part of London Union. Low and Slow is Neil Rankin's first book.
Ian James Rankin is a Scottish crime writer, best known for his Inspector Rebus novels. Christopher Nolan is an English-American film director, screenwriter and producer. He is among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century. [Wikipedia]
Claudia Rankine is the author of five books, including Don't Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric and the bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric. A chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is the winner of many prizes including the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry and a 2016 MacArthur Fellowship. She is an adjunct professor of English and African-American Studies at Yale University, and has previously taught at Pomona College and the University of Southern California.
Sandy Ransford is an experienced joke book author with twenty-seven joke books to her name, including the JOKES NOT TO TELL TO YOUR GRAN series (Red Fox) and 2001: A JOKE ODYSSEY (Macmillan). She has also written many other books for children. Sandylives in Wales.
Christopher Ransmayr was born in Austria in 1954, and has written two novels, including the highly acclaimed The Last World. He lives in Dublin.
I’m Amy, a mum, and the writer of the Surviving Motherhood blog. I’ve had three children, and each time has brought its own challenges and joys, because every child is different. So I created the The New Mum's Notebook and The Not-So-New Mum's Notebook to help every mum navigate the first few years of life with their baby, toddler and pre-schooler. In these two books you'll find everything I wish I’d known, so I could stop worrying and start enjoying – pages and pages of reassurance, love and support – as well as some space to scribble down thoughts, feelings and memories as you go. Much love, Amy PS It's all going to be OK. www.amyransom.com
Arthur Ransome was born in Leeds in 1884. He had an adventurous life - as a baby in he was carried by his father to the top of the Old Man of Coniston, a peak that is 2,276ft high! He went to Russia in 1913 to study folklore and in 1914, at the start of World War I he became a foreign correspondent for the Daily News. In 1917 when the Russian Revolution began he became a journalist and was a special correspondent of the Guardian. He played chess with Lenin and married Trotsky's personal secretary, Evgenia Petrovna Shelepina. On their return to England, he bought a cottage near Windermere in the Lake District and began writing children's stories. In a 1958 author's note, Ransome wrote: ''I have been often asked how I came to write Swallows and Amazons. The answer is that it had its beginning long, long ago when, as children, my brother, my sisters and I spent most of our holidays on a farm at the south end of Coniston. We played in or on the lake or on the hills above . . . Going away from it we were half drowned in tears. While away from it, as children and as grown-ups, we dreamt about it. No matter where I was, wandering about the world, I used at night to look for the North Star and, in my mind's eye, could see the beloved sky-line of great hills beneath it. Swallows grew out of those old memories. I could not help writing it. It almost wrote itself.'' He published the first of his children's classics, the 12 Swallows And Amazons books, in 1930. In 1936 he won the first ever Carnegie Medal for his book, Pigeon Post. He died in 1967.
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