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Martino Sclavi

At the age of 10, Martino Sclavi and his family moved from Rome to New York. Knowing little English, he spent his time in school learning to sew and type, skills that have now become essential. After studying political science, he moved to Berlin and played bass for a Krautrock band while at the Humboldt and Freie Universität. He completed his MA at Cambridge University, then moved to London where he mixed drinks in a bar in Brixton. After work, with his 35mm camera on his shoulder, he would wander the streets and tell the stories of his neighbourhood. Sclavi became a producer for a variety of documentaries and films. He has previously written articles and screenplays, but The Finch in My Brain is the first project he has typed into his computer without being able to read it back. Martino lives in London and Italy where he invents bedtime stories to carry his young son to his dreams.
Dr Mike Shooter

Dr Mike Shooter CBE is a former President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was the first child psychiatrist to hold that post. He is now an honorary fellow of six Royal Colleges and has spoken from public and professional platforms, written and advised governments in many parts of the world. An ex-journalist, Mike is a passionate believer in the power of stories and the need to share them - those of his patients and his own. He still lives in the Welsh Valleys, amidst a large family, many animals, and the community with whom he worked for more than 40 years.
Liz Simpson

LIZ SIMPSON is a freelance writer, and contributes regularly to a wide number of top-selling women's, business and lifestyle magazines around the world. She is the bestselling author of The Book of Crystal Healing (1997) and The Book of Chakra Healing (1998), both published by Gaia Books Ltd.
Chuck Spezzano

Chuck Spezzano PhD is a highly successful seminar and workshop leader around the world. His groundbreaking 'Psychology of Vision' model of personal development has been devised to enable each of us to realise our dreams, reach our goals and fulfil our personal potential. He has inspired thousands of people from Europe to the Far East.
Sarah Stacey

Sarah Stacey is an award-winning journalist, TV producer, and bestselling author. She is Editor of YOU magazine's Wellbeing section and has worked on most leading UK newspapers, including the Daily Express as Health and Beauty Editor. Her books include FEEL FABULOUS FOREVER and THE BEAUTY BIBLE.
Tess Stevens

Tess Stevens was born and brought up in South London in her mother's brothel. Her early life was a grim cycle of emotional abuse and exposure to an adult sexual world. She worked in the sex industry all her life until five years ago when she finally broke away and she now lives with her partner in Sussex.
Tony Stockwell

Following a childhood full of extraordinary events and meetings with spirits, Tony knew from the age of sixteen that he was destined to use his paranormal powers and be a medium. He teaches at the College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington, London. Since the transmission of his widely acclaimed series, Street Psychic, which changed many people's belief about the afterlife, Tony has made other programmes including Psychic School, which featured ghostbusts in haunted places, and Psychic Detective for Living TV, and has been on extensive tours of the UK, Europe and New Zealand. Tony lives in Essex.
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