Maya Angelou has written seven volumes of autobiography, beginning with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Singer, dancer, actor, director, she was active in the Civil Rights movement. She was asked to read her poem at President Clinton’s inauguration.
Lisa Appignanesi was born in Poland and grew up in France and Canada. She is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction including Mad, Bad and Sad, Losing the Dead, All About Love and the forthcoming Trials of Passion. In 2013 Lisa Appignanesi was awarded the OBE.
Margaret Atwood was born in Ottawa in 1939. She is Canada’s most eminent novelist and poet is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye and Alias Grace have all been shortlisted for the Booker Prize and she has won many literary prizes in other…
Joan Bakewell has been a broadcaster for over forty years and a print journalist for over twenty. She is the author of memoirs and two novels, All the Nice Girls and She’s Leaving Home. Joan Bakewell was made a Dame in 2008.
Nina Bawden wrote over forty novels for adults and children, the most famous being Carrie’s War. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Circles of Deceit and the Lost Man Booker Prize for The Birds on the Trees. She wrote a memoir, Dear Austen. She died at the age of eighty-seven in 2012.
Joanna Bourke is Professor of History at Birkbeck College in London. She is the author of several works of non-fiction, including Rape: A History from 1860 to the Present; Fear: A Cultural History; What it Means to be Human: Reflections from 1791 to the Present and An Intimate History of Killing, which won the Wolfson…
Susie Boyt is the author of five acclaimed novels, including The Small Hours and a memoir, My Judy Garland Life, which was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize in 2010.
Sarah Churchwell is Professor of American Literature and Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe (Granta 2004) and Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby.
Amanda Coe is a novelist and screenwriter. Her most recent original screenplay was an adaptation of Room at the Top for BBC4, starring Maxine Peake. Her novel What They Do in the Dark was published in 2011.
Rachel Cooke is a journalist and author. At the 2006 British Press Awards she was named Interviewer of the Year. Her Brilliant Career: Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties will be published by Virago in 2013.