George R. R. Martin
GEORGE R. R. MARTIN sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He has written fantasy, horror, and science-fiction, and for his sins spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer/producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pilots that were never made. In the mid '90s he returned to prose, his first love, and began work on his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. He has been in the Seven Kingdoms ever since. Whenever he's allowed to leave, he returns to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he lives with his wife Parris and their four cats.www.georgerrmartin.com
Mark Radcliffe was born in Bolton. He is currently employed by the BBC to talk between records on Radio 1. He is married, has two daughters, lives in Cheshire, supports Manchester City F.C. and drinks in the George and Dragon.
Jennifer Rees Larcombe
Jennifer Rees Larcombe - daughter of world-famous preacher Tom Rees and brought up in the grand surroundings of Hildenborough Hall, one of Britain's influential Christian conference centres - has long lived in the public eye. She made national headlines when miraculously healed from encephalitis, has since written many best-selling books and now runs Beauty From Ashes a retreat centre for broken lives. She is still much in demand as a speaker to Christian groups and continues to touch lives through publication of her daily Bible reading notes.
Sir Tim Rice was educated at St Albans and Lancing College. His partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber produced three successful musicals (as above). Later musicals include Chess and Blondel. He has received three Oscars for his lyrics for Disney's Aladdin, The Lion King and for the song 'You Must Have Me' from Evita. He was knighted in 1994
Dr Fern Riddell is a historian specialising in sex, suffrage and culture in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. She appears regularly on TV and radio, and writes for the Guardian, Huffington Post, Telegraph and Times Higher Education among others, and is a columnist for BBC History Magazine.
Ferzanna Riley was born in Pakistan and brought up in Lancashire. She has studied journalism and has a law degree. Following major heart surgery in 2002, Ferzanna has now become a full time writer, campaigner, broadcaster and speaker. Ferzanna is now a director and international representative of Roshni (Urdu meaning 'light') a charity that highlights abuse in all its forms within the ethnic minority communities.
Karen Robards is the internationally bestselling author of over forty romantic suspense novels, which have regularly appeared on the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, among others. She is the mother of three boys and lives with her family in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.You can find out more at www.karenrobards.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorKarenRobards or follow her on Twitter @TheKarenRobards.
Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first woman, President of Ireland from 1990-1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. Robinson has been Honorary President of Oxfam International since 2002, and has chaired numerous bodies including the GAVI Alliance, vaccinating children worldwide, the Council of Women World Leaders (of which she was a co-founder), the International Institute for Environment and Development, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business. A former President of the International Commission of Jurists, Robinson serves on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which supports good governance in Africa, and is a member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Indira Ghandi and Sydney Peace Prizes, and has been Chancellor of Dublin University since 1998. She is married to Nick Robinson with three children and four grandchildren. Now President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, she lives in Dublin and Mayo.Tessa Robinson is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the King's Inns. She practised as a barrister for ten years before becoming a freelance writer and copy editor. She is Mary's daughter and lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.
Jason Robinson began playing full-time rugby at the age of 16 with Wigan Warriors, the most successful club in Rugby League at the time. He made the transition to Rugby Union with Sale Sharks in 2000 and was fast-tracked to the England squad. His speed, unpredictability and charisma has ensured that he is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting players in the world. He announced his intention to retire from the sport at the end of the 2007 season, but if selected will play in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Bobby Robson was born in 1933 in the heart of the mining community in Sacrison, County Durham. Soon afterwards, his family moved to Langley Park, where Bobby's footballing career started, and where he became an apprentice electrician in the mines at the age of fifteen. In 1950, he joined Fulham, followed by West Bromwich Albion in 1956. He won twenty caps for England before embarking on a management career with Ipswich Town, which lasted for thirteen years. He left the club in 1982 to take up the position of England manager, and then coached in Holland, Portugal and Spain before taking over at Newcastle from 1999 until 2004.Bobby Robson was born in 1933 in the heart of the mining community in Sacrison, County Durham. Soon afterwards, his family moved to Langley Park, where Bobby's footballing career started, and where he became an apprentice electrician in the mines at the age of fifteen. In 1950, he joined Fulham, followed by West Bromwich Albion in 1956. He won twenty caps for England before embarking on a management career with Ipswich Town, which lasted for thirteen years. He left the club in 1982 to take up the position of England manager, and then coached in Holland, Portugal and Spain before taking over at Newcastle from 1999 until 2004.
Bryan Robson is widely remembered as a fearless and inspirational player for club and country. Robbo began his playing career at West Bromwich Albion and moved to Manchester United in 1981. The following year he became captain of United and England. In total he played in three World Cups and won 90 caps for England, 65 of them as captain.
Deborah Rodriguez from Holland, Michigan, has been working as a hairdresser since 1979. In 2002, Rodriguez helped found the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty school and training salon in Afghanistan.
Sergio Rubin was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He is an award-winning author, journalist, and is currently chief of religious news for the Clarín newspaper as well as editor of the supplement Valores Religiosos (Religious Values). He has interviewed major figures such as Mother Teresa and covered over a dozen of John Paul II's trips, his funeral, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.