Janet Ellis trained as an actress at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is best known for presenting Blue Peter and contributes to numerous radio and TV programmes. A graduate of the Curtis Brown creative writing course, her debut novel, The Butcher's Hook, was longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize. She is currently working on her second novel.In 2016 Janet was awarded an MBE for services to charities and theatre.janetellis.comtwitter.com/missjanetellisinstagram.com/missjanetellis
Karen Engelmann lived and worked in Sweden for nine years. She has an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont and is the 2011 winner of the American Scandinavian Society Cultural Award Grant. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York. The Stockhom Octavo is her first book. Find out more about Karen on her website, karenengelmann.com
Based in the Nashville area, Colin Escott is one of the world's leading experts on country music history. Among his many accomplishments, he co-wrote and co-produced Hank Williams' "Honky Tonk Blues" for PBS in 2004, and was a series consultant and co-writer for BBC-TV's highly acclaimed series on country music "Lost Highway" (2002). His music journalism has been published in two volumes, and he has worked with numerous music legends, including Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash.
Cultural historian Siân Evans has worked for the National Trust, the V&A and the Design Museum, and is the author of several works of social history including Mrs Ronnie: The Society Hostess Who Collected Kings, The Manor Reborn and Life Below Stairs.Siân lives in London.