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W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) was one of the greatest and most innovative poets of the twentieth century, and a driving force behind the Irish Literary Revival. Much of his most vigorous verse on love, sex, Irish and international politics, the complexities of the occult and the 'sedentary toil' of poetry was produced in the years between his fiftieth birthday in 1915 and his death in 1939. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923.
Born and brought up in Basutoland and South Africa during the Apartheid years, Charles Yeats now lives in Durham where he is a fellow in Business and Society at the University of Durham and also the Director of an organization called 'Durham Ethics'. He lives in Durham with his wife and two children, and also in the Yorkshire Dales.
William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin on 13 June 1865. He studied to become a painter, like his father, but abandoned that profession in 1886 in favour of literature. He was heavily involved in the movement for an Irish literary revival and founded The Irish Literary Theatre with Lady Gregory, becoming its chief playwright. Yeats' interest in Irish national and traditional myths and imagery can be seen in his early poetry, such as The Wanderings of Oisin and Other Poems (1889), and he was also influenced by his enduring unrequited love for the young heiress Maude Gonne. In 1913 Yeats met the poet Ezra Pound and from that point his writing begins to move away from the earler Pre-Raphelite style towards modernism. Yeats married Georgie Hyde-Lees in 1917 and with the help of his wife, and informed by his interest in mysticism, he developed a system of 'automatic writing' which profoundly affected the poetry of his later years. Yeats served as a senator of the Irish Free State from 1922 to 1928 and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1923. He died in the south of France in January 1939.
Lisa Yee's debut novel, Millicent Min, Girl Genius, won the prestigious Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Her other novels for young people, with nearly two million copies in print, include Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers, Absolutely Maybe, and two books about a fourth grader, Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) and Bobby the Brave (Sometimes). Lisa is also the author of American Girl's Kanani books and Good Luck, Ivy. Her recent novel, Warp Speed, is about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up every day at school. Lisa is a former Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence whose books have been chosen as an NPR Best Summer Read, a Sports Illustrated Kids Hot Summer Read, and a USA Today Critics' Top Pick. Visit Lisa at lisayee.com or check out her blog at lisayee.livejournal.com.
Fnatic (Author) Around the world Fnatic stands as a heavyweight in the world of eSports. With professional teams in the most popular games, they have dominated the sport. In 2011, they won the League of Legends World Championships. In both 2006 and 2009, Fnatic were awarded Team of the Year. Mike Diver (Author) Mike Diver is Video Games Editor at VICE Magazine and has written gaming articles for the Guardian, Kotaku and Edge. When not playing games or reporting on them, he lectures at Southampton’s Solent University. His first book, Indie Games: The Complete Introduction to Indie Gaming, was published in 2016. He lives by the British seaside with his wife, two sons and two cats.
David Yelland was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire. He has worked in journalism for many years and was Editor of The Sun from 1998 to 2003. In 2007, he was appointed a Life Patron of the NSPCC. He lives in Surrey with his son, Max.
Adeline Yen Mah lives in California after growing up in Tianjin and Shanghai in China, Hong Kong and England. She studied medicine but gave up her career as a physician to become a full-time writer. After the death of her stepmother, she felt compelled to write her story and the result, Falling Leaves became an international bestseller. Adeline has written several other books for adults and children including Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society, an adventure based on her own made-up stories when she was a lonely child.
John Yeoman (Author) John Yeoman was for many years Head of English at the French Lycée in London. His collaboration with Quentin Blake began in 1960, and has resulted in a long list of successful children’s books of which a number of earlier well-loved titles are now being republished by Andersen Press for new generations of readers. Quentin Blake (Illustrator) Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.
Daniel Yergin is one of the most highly respected and influential authorities in the world on energy, international politics and economics. He is a recipient of the United States Energy Award for 'lifelong achievements in energy and the promotion of international understanding'. Dr. Yergin received the Pulitzer for The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power, which became a number one bestseller and was made into an eight-hour PBS/BBC series seen by millions of people around the world. He is chairman of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates, the leading research and consulting firm in its field. He serves as CNBC's Global Energy Expert.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-) is a Russian poet, essayist, dramatist, screenwriter and actor. Translated with an introduction by Robin Milner-Gulland and Peter Levi, S.J.
Hong Ying was born into a sailor's family in Chongqing on the Yangtze River in southwest China. An author and poet, she began her career as a full time writer in the early 1980s, having studied creative writing at Lu Xun Creative Writing Academy and Fudan University. She is best known in the English-speaking world for her novels, K: The Art of Love (which won the Prix de Rome in 2005), The Concubine of Shanghai, Peacock Cries and Summer of Betrayal. Her autobiography, Daughter of the River, has been translated into twenty-five different languages. She lives in Beijing.
Esther Cheo Ying was born in Shanghai in 1932. From the age of six she spent her childhood in England but returned to China at seventeen. In the Chinese People's Liberation Army, then in the New China News Agency and on Peking Radio, she saw the New China in the making - from the inside. Eleven years later she returned to Britain and became a teacher. For many years until retirement she was head of a primary school in the West Country. She and her journalist husband then moved back to the outskirts of London to be near their children and grandchildren. Her hobbies include sculpture, writing and walking and her daughter Polly is a successful author.
Born in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams was a writer, mother, wife and lawyer who grew up in California and graduated from Harvard Law School. In July 2013 she was diagnosed with Stage Four colon cancer. She died in March 2018, aged forty-two, and leaves behind her husband, Josh, and their daughters, Mia and Isabelle.
Mel Cash BA, LCSP (Assoc) has been a massage therapist since 1985, and has become one of the world's leading authorities on the subject through his books. He is the principal tutor of the London School of Sports Massage, and has lectured in anatomy and physiology at the University of Westminster.
Ed Yong is an award-winning science writer who reports for The Atlantic. His blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science, is hosted by National Geographic, and his work has also appeared in Wired, the New York Times, Nature, the BBC, New Scientist, Scientific American, the Guardian, The Times and more. He lives in London. You can find him on twitter @edyong209 and sign up to his weekly newsletter, The Ed's Up, on http://tinyletter.com/edyong209/.
Lucie Braveheart (Author) Lucie Braveheart is the author of the Lottie Dolls fiction series. Like Lottie and her friends, she loves adventures! Lottie Dolls (Author) The vision of the Lottie brand is to protect childhood and empower children to be themselves. Lottie dolls are ethnically diverse, age appropriate and able to stand on their own two feet! The dolls were developed after 18 months of research working with kids, parents, retailers, industry experts, child psychology and child nutrition experts. They've won 30 international awards.
Nicola Yoon is the number one New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter. She’s also a hopeless romantic who firmly believes that you can fall in love in an instant and that it can last forever. Follow Nicola Yoon on Instagram and Tumblr and @NicolaYoon on Twitter.
David Yoon is a writer and designer who created the illustrations for the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Everything, Everything. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their energetic daughter. Frankly in Love is his first novel.
Arthur Yorinks (Author) Arthur Yorinks has written and directed for opera, theatre, dance, film, and radio and is the author of many acclaimed children's books, including Hey, Al, with illustrations by Richard Egielski, which won the Caldecott Medal in 1987. He was Maurice Sendak's friend for 40 years; their other collaborations included Mommy?, The Miami Giant, and the Night Kitchen Theater company, which they co-founded. Maurice Sendak (Illustrator) Maurice Sendak was born in Brooklyn, New York. He began by illustrating other authors' books for children, but the first book that he both wrote and illustrated was Kenny's Window, published in 1956. In his lifetime, he illustrated over 80 books, and received many awards, including the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are. In 1970 he was the first American to win the Hans Christian Andersen Illustrator's Medal. He passed away in May 2012.
James Patterson (Author) JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 385 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers. James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son. Sabrina York (Author) SABRINA YORK is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of steamy, humorous romance. Her titles range from sweet and snarky to scorching romance – historical, contemporary, and paranormal. Visit her website, www.sabrinayork.com, to check out her books, excerpts, and contests.
Patrick Barwise is Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School and former chairman of Which? His previous books include Television and its Audience, Simply Better and The 12 Powers of a Marketing Leader. Peter York is a cultural commentator, management consultant, author and broadcaster. His previous books include The Official Sloane Ranger Handbook and Authenticity Is a Con. He is the President of the Media Society.
John Yorke is Managing Director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent producing Skins, Shameless, The White Queen and Wolf Hall. For many years he's been responsible for a vast array of British drama; as both Head of Channel Four Drama and Controller of BBC Drama Production he's worked on big popular works such as Hustle, Spooks, Casualty and Holby City alongside award-winners such as Bodies, Omagh, Sex Traffic, Not Only But Always and The Curse of Steptoe. His career began single-handedly story-lining EastEnders in its very first BAFTA winning year - beginning a 14 year association that produced some of the biggest audiences in British television history. As a commissioning Editor/Executive Producer, he championed some of the defining works of British television including Life On Mars, The Street, Shameless and Waterloo Road. In 2005 he created the BBC Writers Academy, a year-long in-depth training scheme which has produced a generation of successful television writers. He's also worked as Editor of The Archers. John is Visiting Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He lives and works in London.
Henry Green was born in 1905 and spent his youth in his family home in the West Country. After his education as Eton and Oxford he worked with his father in an engineering company, but pursued a parallel career as a novelist.
Shuichi Yoshida was born in Nagasaki, Japan, in 1968. He is the author of numerous books and has won many Japanese literary awards, including the Akutayawa Prize for Park Life, and the prestigious Osaragi Jiro Prize and the Mainichi Publishing Culture Award, both of which he received for Villain. Several of his stories have been adapted for Japanese television, and a film based on Villain was released in 2010 in Japan as Akunin. Yoshida lives in Tokyo.
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