Quincy Jones was born in Chicago in 1933 and started playing the trumpet at the age of twelve. He is the most nominated Grammy artist, with a total of 76, and has won 26 Grammy Awards (the second highest amount) and several Oscar nominations. During his fifty-year career, he has picked up hundreds of awards and accolades and has worked with many of the major influential musical artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Toni Jordan was born in Brisbane in 1966. She loved reading and writing at primary school but by high school had become a science nerd. She has worked as a sales assistant, molecular biologist, quality control chemist and marketing manager. In 2004 she quit her job to study writing and began working on her debut novel, ADDITION. In 2008, ADDITION was a Richard and Judy summer read and in 2009 was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award (the Australian Booker). ADDITION has been translated into eight languages. Toni lives in Melbourne with her husband.www.tonijordan.com
Morag Joss began writing in 1997 after her first short story won a prize in a national competition. She is the author of a series set in Bath: Funeral Music, Fearful Symmetry and Fruitful Bodies, and of Half Broken Things, which won the Crime Writers' Association Silver Dagger Award. Morag Joss lives in the countryside, near Bath.
Rod Judkins is an accomplished lecturer at Central St Martin's, one of the world's pre-eminent art schools whose alumni - ranging from artists like Lucien Freud, and Antony Gormley through to the designers Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen - have helped shape our culture. Judkins has lectured on the subject of creativity at universities and to businesses around the world. He blogs at Psychology Today, and also acts as a consultant to numerous private companies. Trained at The Royal College of Art, he has exhibited at galleries including Tate Britain, The National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy.