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Reece Wykes studied illustration and animation at Kingston University. His work has been highly commended by the MacMillan Children's Book Prize and he was joint winner of the Worldwide Illustration Prize, UK category. He now lives and works in London.
Evie Wyld's debut novel, After the Fire, A Still Small Voice, was shortlisted for the Impac Prize and awarded the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. Her second, All the Birds, Singing, won the Miles Franklin Prize, the Encore Prize and the EU Prize for Literature, and shortlisted for the Costa Best Novel awards. In 2013 she was named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, having previously been named by the BBC as one of the twelve best new British writers. She lives in Peckham.
Joanna Wylde is a freelance writer who lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
James Wyllie (Author) James Wyllie is an author, award-winning screenwriter and broadcaster. He published Goering and Goering: Hitler’s Henchman and His Anti-Nazi Brother in 2010, and has worked on numerous films for the BBC, Film4 and Talkback among others. He has written for a number of TV drama series, including The Bill, The Tribe, and Atlantis High. Michael McKinley (Author) Michael McKinley is an award-winning author, filmmaker, journalist and screenwriter. He is based in New York and has written for a range of publications including The New York Observer, The New York Daily News and The Chicago Sun-Times. He is the author of a number of books and has made documentaries for CNN, The Discovery Channel and CBC.
Lawrie Wyman conceived the format of The Navy Lark in the 1950s, and wrote the scripts with George Evans. The series ran until 1977 and was enormously popular with BBC radio audiences.
The Navy Lark is the second longest-running comedy in British radio history (the topical Friday night show, Week Ending, which ran from 1970 to 1998, is currently the longest). In 1958, writer Laurie Wyman announced that he wanted to build a series around talented comic actor Jon Pertwee. Having secured Pertwee as the lead, he looked for other main characters and is quoted in the Radio Times as saying 'I felt we needed an idiot, and there was no one better at playing idiots than Leslie Phillips - so we got him.' The first episode of the series went out on 29 March 1959 and, from the start, the light-hearted and affectionate spoof on the Senior Service won many fans - some of the highest order! On the occasion of the show's 21st anniversary, for example, the crew were asked by WRNS to put on a special performance. They duly obliged, and in the audience that night at the Royal Festival Hall was Her Royal Highness the Queen Mother. Sir Charles Lambe, who was the first Sea Lord at the time, had also visited the studio during rehearsal. The crew of HMS Troutbridge were a motley bunch: Jon Pertwee, who actually served in the Navy during the Second World War, played the conniving Petty Officer and was established as a household favourite by the series. Leslie Phillips was the vague chinless wonder Sub-Lieutenant. His parrot cry of 'left hand down a bit' has passed into A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, whose author Eric Partridge writes 'within two years, it was a standard piece of Navalese'. The young Ronnie Barker (long before attaining fame as a television comedy actor) also appeared in the series, playing two parts: (Un)Able Seaman Fatso Johnson and Lieutenant-Commander Stanton. The Navy Lark gripped the nation for the best part of twenty years. Its signature tune, composed by Tommy Reilly and James Moody, was the jaunty Trade Wind Hornpipe and did much to contribute to the popularity of the series. The key to the show's popularity, though, was its irreverent but essentially gentle humour and, most of all, the many-voiced talents of its stars. As Leslie Phillips remarked in 1987, 'I caused more damage to Naval property than the Navy had done in two world wars'. The final episode was broadcast on 18 January 1976. However, the crew all jumped on board one last time for a Jubilee Special on 16 July 1977.
Ruth Rogers (Author) Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray created the Michelin-starred River Cafe in 1987 and wrote their first book, The River Cafe Cookbook, in 1995. It was a game-changing Italian cookery manual and a global bestseller, which they followed with several more bestselling cookbooks. In 2010, shortly before Rose's death, they were appointed MBE. Many of the new generation of renowned chefs, such as April Bloomfield, Samuel and Samantha Clark and Jamie Oliver, began their careers in the kitchens of the River Cafe. Sian Wyn Owen (Author) Sian Wyn Owen is Head Chef at the River Cafe and has worked alongside Ruth Rogers for over 17 years. Joseph Trivelli (Author) Joseph Trivelli is Head Chef at the River Cafe and has worked in its kitchens for over 16 years. Rose Gray (Author) Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers created the River Cafe, which opened in 1987. Together they trained many of the new generation of renowned chefs, such as April Bloomfield, Samuel and Samantha Clark and Jamie Oliver.
John Wyndham was born in 1903 in the Midlands. After leaving school, he tried his hand at several careers, including farming, law and advertising, before starting to write stories in 1925. During the war he worked as a censor in the Ministry of Information and afterwards served in the Army. The Day of The Triffids was published in 1951, and was followed by many other famous works of science fiction, including The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids and The Midwich Cuckoos. Wyndham died in 1969.
Canadian Seth Wynes is studying for a PhD in climate change at the University of British Columbia. He has a Masters in Sustainable Science from Lund University, Sweden, where he co-authored the 2017 research paper, The Climate Mitigation Gap, with Professor Kim Nichols. The paper outlined the 11 most impactful ways inhabitants of the Western world could reduce their carbon emissions. Prior to studying at Lund University, Seth studied at the University of Western Ontario and McMaster University and taught high school science in England and Northern Canada. Seth’s work has been published by the World Resources Institute, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and Environmental Research Letters. TV and radio appearances include BBC World Service, NBC News and the National Live with CBC News.
Brought up starved of books, Diana Wynne Jones first made up stories at the age of eight to entertain her sisters. Her first novel - a satire for adults - was published in 1970, and afterwards she settled into writing children's fantasies. Her books have been translated into eighteen languages. Diana died in 2011, leaving behind a rich legacy of writing and a vast legion of dedicated fans.
Johann David Wyss (1743-1818) was, like the narrator of his famous story, a Swiss pastor who had four sons. He is best remembered for Swiss Family Robinson which it is said was inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and which became an international classic bestseller.
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