Dr Helen Pankhurst is a women's rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia. She has extensive media experience including national and international radio and print interviews, and was involved in the 2015 film Suffragette. Her work in Ethiopia includes support to program development across different sectors, focused on the interests and needs of women and girls. In the UK she is a public speaker and writer on feminist issues. She also leads CARE International's Walk In Her Shoes event in London - on International Women's Day. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement. @helenPankhurst
Nick Papadimitriou is a writer, walker, deep topographer and eccentric. Born in Finchley, Middlesex in 1958, he has had an interest in 'conscious walking' since 1989 and has built up an extensive archive dedicated to this region (his 'Deep Library' consists of approximately 2000 maps and works of local & county history, plant and animal life, architecture, engineering, etc). In 2009 John Rogers/Vanity Projects made a film about Nick titled The London Perambulator: Afoot in London Edgelands. Scarp is his first book.
Carolyn Parkhurst is the author of three novels: Lorelei's Secret (published in the US as The Dogs of Babel) and Lost and Found, which were both New York Times bestsellers, and The Nobodies Album. In 2010, she published her first children's book, Cooking with Henry and Elliebelly, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. Born in New Hampshire, she attended Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she met her husband, Evan Rosser. She also received an MFA in creative writing from American University. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and their two children.
Simon Parkin is a British writer and journalist for magazines, newspapers and websites. He is contributing writer for the New Yorker, a regular contributor to the Guardian's Long Read, and the game critic for the Observer. He lives in West Sussex, England.
Brigid Pasulka, the descendant of Polish emigrants, first arrived in Krakow in the early 1990s and stayed for a year. It was the first of many visits which would allow her to learn Polish, make lifelong friends and fall in love with the land of her great grandparents. She wrote part of her novel, A Long Long Time Ago and Essentially True in a cafe called Pigeon 3. Brigid lives in Chicago where she teaches English, but returns to Poland often.
Adam Penenberg has written for Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Comapny, Slate, Wired, The Economist, and Mother Jones. A former senior editor at Forbes, Penenberg garnered national attention in 1998 for unmasking serial fabricator Stephen Glass of The New Republic. Penenberg's story was a watershed for online investigative journalism and is portrayed in the film 'Shattered Glass'. A journalism professor at New York University, Penenberg is the assistant director of the Business and Economic Program. He lives in New York.
Miroslav Penkov was born in 1982 in Bulgaria. He moved to the United States in 2001 on a scholarship to study psychology at the University of Arkansas, where he subsequently gained an MFA in creative writing.His stories have won the 2012 BBC International Short Story Award and The Southern Review's Eudora Welty Prize and have appeared in journals and anthologies including Granta, The Best American Short Stories (edited by Salman Rushdie and Heidi Pitlor) and The PEN / O. Henry Prize Stories 2012. Published in more than a dozen countries, his collection East of the West was a finalist for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing and the Steven Turner Award for Best Work of First Fiction. Penkov teaches creative writing at the University of North Texas, where he is the editor-in-chief of the American Literary Review.
Shyama Perera was the first Sri Lankan child to be born in Moscow. Her mother brought her to England in 1962, in vain pursuit of her father. Now a writer and broadcaster, she lives in north-west London with her daughters, Nushy and Tushy.
Kevin Powers was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. A former soldier who served with the US army in Iraq in 2004-5, he studied English at Virginia Commonwealth University after his honorable discharge and received an MFA in Poetry from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. His debut novel, The Yellow Birds, won the Guardian First book Award, the Hemingway Foundation/Pen Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His first collection of poetry, Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting, was published in 2014 and was shortlisted for both the TS Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize.
Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society, a global organisation he set up to fight 'blue-sky thinking'. He is also the co-founder and creative director of The Idler magazine, winner of The Royal Society Winton Science Writing Prize and author of the bestselling THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE. He lives in London and Somerset.
Marc Pye grew up in Liverpool, moved to Scotland in his late teens and now lives in Glasgow. Amongst his television writing credits are Eastenders, High Road, The Bill, Waterloo Road, The Royal, Holby Blue, Echo Beach, River City, The Street and Moving On.He has written two novels, Lollipop and Rewire and three short films, Baldy McBain, Last Legs and Instant Credit.