Alan F Alford
Alan F. Alford, B Com, FCA, MBA, was born in 1961. Following his first visit to the Pyramids as a fourteen year old, he has travelled extensively to more than twenty-four countries in his quest to solve the riddles of mankind's mysterious past.
Zoe Fairbairns' short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and are published in her collection How Do You Pronounce Nulliparous? Her work has appeared in anthologies including The Seven Deadly Sins, in magazines including The Yellow Room and online. She teaches short story writing and other creative writing courses at the City Lit in London.
Marty Feldman was a comedy writer, comedian and actor. Feldman was born in the East End of London in 1934. By the age of 20 he had decided to pursue a career as a comedian.In 1954, Feldman formed a writing partnership with Barry Took. They wrote a few episodes of The Army Game and the bulk of Bootsie and Snudge, both comedies for ITV, and the BBC radio show Round the Horne, which starred Kenneth Horne and Kenneth Williams. The sketch comedy series At Last the 1948 Show featured Feldman's first screen performances. The other three performers -- future Pythons Graham Chapman and John Cleese, and future Goodie Tim Brooke-Taylor needed a fourth and had Feldman in mind. Marty was co-author the famous Monty Python 'Four Yorkshiremen' sketch and was also script editor on The Frost Report with future members of Monty Python.In 1968 Marty was given his own series by the BBC called Marty, it featured Brooke-Taylor, John Junkin and Roland MacLeod with John Cleese as one of the writers. Feldman won two BAFTA awards. The Marty series proved popular enough with an international audience to launch a film career. His first feature role was inEvery Home Should Have One. Feldman's performances on American television included The Dean Martin Show and Marty Feldman's Comedy Machine. Marty Feldman was married to Lauretta Sullivan from January 1959 until his death in 1982. Feldman died from a heart attack in December 1982 at the age of 42. He is buried in the Hollywood Hills Cemetary near his idol, Buster Keaton.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the first man to reach both poles by surface travel and the first to cross the Antarctic Continent unsupported. In the 1960s he was removed from the SAS Regiment for misuse of explosives but, joining the army of the Sultan of Oman, received that country's Bravery Medal on active service in 1971. He is the only person yet to have been awarded two clasps to the Polar medal for both Antarctic and the Arctic regions. Fiennes has led over 30 expeditions including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth, and in 2003 he ran seven marathons in seven days on seven continents in aid of the British Heart Foundation.In 1993 Her Majesty the Queen awarded Fiennes the Order of the British Empire (OBE) because, on the way to breaking records, he has raised over £14 million for charity. He was named Best Sportsman in the 2007 ITV Great Briton Awards and in 2009 he became the oldest Briton to reach the summit of Everest.
Dr Irving Finkel is Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian (i.e. Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian) script, languages and cultures Department: Middle East at the British Museum, headquartered in London's Bloomsbury. He is the curator in charge of cuneiform inscriptions on tablets of clay from ancient Mesopotamia, of which the Middle East Department has the largest collection - some 130,000 pieces - of any modern museum. This work involves reading and translating all sorts of inscriptions, sometimes working on ancient archives to identify manuscripts that belong together, or even join to one another.
Bob Fischer is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan who has previously enjoyed careers as a record shop owner, a solo singer-songwriter and a short-lived Elvis impersonator (one gig). He now works as a radio presenter for BBC Tees, a job that has seen him spill tea over Jack Charlton's antique fireplace and sing on a UK Top 10 hit single ('Bunsen Burner' by John Otway, No 9 in October 2002). Bob has also won a prestigious Sony Radio Award . . . just a bronze though, so don't get too excited. Bob has dabbled with writing before, but Wiffle Lever To Full! is the first major project he's ever actually finished. Or, indeed, started. He lives near Middlesbrough with a tall girlfriend who thinks old-school Doctor Who is 'rubbish', and a medium-sized dog that doesn't mind the Jon Pertwee era, but if pressed would admit to preferring Blake's 7.
Debbie Ford conducts seminars on the dark side at the Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California, where she is a consultant, teacher, and integral faculty member. She also leads her own day and weekend Shadow Process workshop nationwide. She lives in La Jolla with her son, Beau.
Internationally respected Script Doctor and Script Advisor, Ray is former Chairman of The Screenwriters' Workshop (formerly the London Screenwriters' Workship - the UK's leading script organisation since 1983). He has written for, and worked with, international TV and film companies; he also regularly lectures, runs seminars, script workshops and clinics. He is also associated with a number of film judging panels, including the Fujifilm Scholarship. 'Teach Yourself Screenwriting' is one of the imprints biggest selling titles and is recognised worldwide as one of the top essential books on the subject.