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E R Braithwaite

The author himself made the transition from engineer to teacher in one of the toughest of East End schools. Sidney Poitier played him effectively in the subsequent feature film.
J R Moehringer

J R Moehringer is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times and many others. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Charles R. Cross

Charles R. Cross was the editor of The Rocket, northwest America's leading music magazine, from 1986 to 2000. He is now a freelance writer and journalist writing for diverse publications from The Times to Rolling Stone. His book, Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix, is also published by Sceptre. He lives in Seattle with his family.
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
Tom Rachman

Tom Rachman was born in London in 1974 and grew up in Vancouver. His first novel, The Imperfectionists, was an international bestseller, published in more than 20 languages. Both novels so far have been feted by critics, who compared him to Charles Dickens, Evelyn Waugh and Anton Chekhov. He lives in London. www.tomrachman.com
Mark Radcliffe

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.
Sameer Rahim

Sameer Rahim has worked in literary journalism for ten years, and is now managing editor of Prospect Magazine, having been formerly arts and books editor. In 2013, his essay In the Shadow of the Scroll: reconstructing Islam's origins won a William Hazlitt essay prize.
Alexandra Raife

Alexandra Raife has lived abroad in many countries and worked at a variety of jobs, including a six-year commission in the RAF and many years co-running a Highland hotel.
Katharine Ramsay

Katharine Ramsay read history at Cambridge and worked as a member of the Number 10 Policy Unit under John Major. She joined the Daily Telegraph obituaries desk in 1997 and is married with two children.
Jon Rance

Jon Rance is the author of the romantic comedy novel, THIS THIRTYSOMETHING LIFE. He studied English Literature at Middlesex University, London, before going travelling and meeting his American wife in Australia. He's currently working on his second novel, HAPPY ENDINGS.
Karen Raney

Karen Raney recently gained an MA in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths and was awarded the Pat Kavanagh Prize for All the Water in the World when the novel was still a work-in-progress. A painter, academic, and former editor, Raney teaches Fine Art at the University of East London. She grew up in the US and lives in London.
Emily Rapp

A former Fulbright scholar and graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Emily Rapp is the author of Poster Child: A Memoir. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon and Slate among other pubblications. She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award, a James A. Michener Fellowship at the University of Texas-Austin, and the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence fellowship at Bucknell University. She is currently professor of creative writing and literature at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and a faculty member in the University of California-Riverside MFA Program. For more information on Emily, visit her website, http://emilyrapp.com.
Irina Ratushinskaya

Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1954, Irina Ratushinskaya is one of the leading contemporary Russian poets. She married Igor Gerashchenko, a human rights activist, in 1979 and became involved in the human rights movement. She spent four years in a labour camp for 'anti-Soviet agitation and propaganda' where she managed to smuggle out her poems. They were published in the collection No, I'm Not Afraid. After a series of hunger strikes, Irina was released and came to Britain. Her story is told in Grey Is The Colour Of Hope and In The Beginning. She and her husband now live in London.
Charlotte Rea

Charlotte Rea is a veterinary surgeon currently working in a large London animal charity hospital. She graduated from vet school in 2008 and has since gone on to complete a post-graduate certificate in small animal medicine.She has spent several stints abroad working with various animal charities including in Nairobi for Kenya Wildlife Services and Worldwide Veterinary Service projects in Lisbon and on the Greek island of Samos. She is passionate about animal health and welfare and has spent nearly a decade of her life dedicated to the animals of London, including pampered dogs and cats, homeless and stray pets and city farm animals. Charlotte lives in north London with her husband, young daughter and eccentric, fluffy cat.
Mike Read

As well as being renowned as a presenter on Classic FM and many other radio stations, Mike Read is also a published poet and an expert on the life and work of Rupert Brooke. He is also the compiler of the bestselling book and audio CLASSIC FM 100 HUMOROUS POEMS.
Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel was born in New York, and attended Dartmouth College and Columbia University. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines including Granta, Harvard Review, Elle and The New York Times, and she currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, Loverboy, was adapted for a feature film directed by Kevin Bacon. Before Everything is her first novel to be published in the UK.
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.
Simon Reid-Henry

Simon Reid-Henry is a writer and prize-winner scholar. Associate Professor at Queen Mary, University of London, he holds a joint position as a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute, Oslo.
Rebecca Reisert

The author of more than thirty plays, Rebecca Reisert has taught creative writing, drama and literature in both high school and college for twenty-six years. She has twice been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to study literature. Currently she teaches at boys' high school in Louisville, Kentucky and directs a travelling improvisational theatre company.
Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds is a journalist specialising in mental health, technology, science and feminism, writing for WIRED, The Guardian, Buzzfeed, and VICE among others. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in her early twenties, and since then has been raising awareness and supporting other young people with mental health issues. She also co-founded the Words by Women Awards in 2016.