Patricia Robins wrote her first book at the age of twelve, encouraged by her mother, the bestselling author Denise Robins. After the Second World War, during which Patricia served on secret duties, she started her highly-successful and prolific career as a romantic novelist. Patricia also writes magnificent family sagas and thrillers under the name Claire Lorrimer.
Denise Robins was born in 1897. Known as the Queen of Romance, she wrote over 160 novels, selling more than one hundred million copies worldwide. Robins' characters are as varied as her themes - the protagonists ranging from eighteen to middle age - while the wonderful variety of settings includes London, Paris, the Swiss mountains, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Morocco. She died at the age of eighty-eight on 1 May 1985.
Peter Robinson's DCI Banks is now a major ITV1 drama starring Stephen Tompkinson (Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel) as Inspector Banks, and Andrea Lowe (The Bill, Murphy's Law) as DI Annie Cabbot. Peter's standalone novel BEFORE THE POISON won the IMBA's 2013 Dilys Award as well as the 2012 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel by the Crime Writers of Canada. This was Peter's sixth Arthur Ellis award. His critically acclaimed DCI Banks novels have won numerous awards in Britain, the United States, Canada and Europe, and are published in translation all over the world.Peter grew up in Yorkshire, and now divides his time between Richmond and Canada. Peter keeps a website at www.inspectorbanks.com.
Mary Robinson served as the seventh, and first woman, President of Ireland from 1990-1997, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. Robinson has been Honorary President of Oxfam International since 2002, and has chaired numerous bodies including the GAVI Alliance, vaccinating children worldwide, the Council of Women World Leaders (of which she was a co-founder), the International Institute for Environment and Development, and the Institute for Human Rights and Business. A former President of the International Commission of Jurists, Robinson serves on the board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which supports good governance in Africa, and is a member of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders brought together by Nelson Mandela. A member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society, she is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Indira Ghandi and Sydney Peace Prizes, and has been Chancellor of Dublin University since 1998. She is married to Nick Robinson with three children and four grandchildren. Now President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, she lives in Dublin and Mayo.Tessa Robinson is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and the King's Inns. She practised as a barrister for ten years before becoming a freelance writer and copy editor. She is Mary's daughter and lives in Dublin with her husband and two children.
Joshua Robinson is the European sports correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post and Sports Illustrated.
Jason Robinson began playing full-time rugby at the age of 16 with Wigan Warriors, the most successful club in Rugby League at the time. He made the transition to Rugby Union with Sale Sharks in 2000 and was fast-tracked to the England squad. His speed, unpredictability and charisma has ensured that he is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting players in the world. He announced his intention to retire from the sport at the end of the 2007 season, but if selected will play in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
Bobby Robson was born in 1933 in the heart of the mining community in Sacrison, County Durham. Soon afterwards, his family moved to Langley Park, where Bobby's footballing career started, and where he became an apprentice electrician in the mines at the age of fifteen. In 1950, he joined Fulham, followed by West Bromwich Albion in 1956. He won twenty caps for England before embarking on a management career with Ipswich Town, which lasted for thirteen years. He left the club in 1982 to take up the position of England manager, and then coached in Holland, Portugal and Spain before taking over at Newcastle from 1999 until 2004.Bobby Robson was born in 1933 in the heart of the mining community in Sacrison, County Durham. Soon afterwards, his family moved to Langley Park, where Bobby's footballing career started, and where he became an apprentice electrician in the mines at the age of fifteen. In 1950, he joined Fulham, followed by West Bromwich Albion in 1956. He won twenty caps for England before embarking on a management career with Ipswich Town, which lasted for thirteen years. He left the club in 1982 to take up the position of England manager, and then coached in Holland, Portugal and Spain before taking over at Newcastle from 1999 until 2004.
Bryan Robson is widely remembered as a fearless and inspirational player for club and country. Robbo began his playing career at West Bromwich Albion and moved to Manchester United in 1981. The following year he became captain of United and England. In total he played in three World Cups and won 90 caps for England, 65 of them as captain.
David Robson has worked as an editor at New Scientist and BBC Future, where he specializes in topics related to neuroscience and psychology. His writing has also appeared in Nature, the Observer and the Washington Post. He lives in London.
Hannah Rochell is Fashion Features Editor at fashion magazine InStyle and has over eight years' experience as a fashion journalist. She is the creator of EnBrogue.com, a blog devoted to stylish flat shoes. EnBrogue.com has been featured on BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live programme and Woman's Hour, in InStyle, Red, the Guardian, The Times, The Saturday Times Magazine, the Evening Standard, The Lady, Woman and Home and Look.co.uk and was named one of marieclaire.co.uk's 'best ever fashion blogs'. It counts Caitlin Moran, Lauren Laverne and India Knight amongst its fans. Hannah's first book - En Brogue: Love Fashion. Love Shoes. Hate Heels. - will also be published in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China.www.enbrogue.comFollow Hannah on Twitter: @enbrogue
Georgina Rodgers is a journalist, editor and writer with over 15 years' experience working on magazines, newspapers, online and in busy television newsrooms. She has authored nine non-fiction titles and five Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, both under her own name and as a co-writer.She lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, pre-schooler and new baby. She is starting to practise what she preaches and alongside propping the baby on her lap while madly typing with one finger and a zillion other work and home tasks, she tries to take the odd two minutes out - her three-year-old's Frozen colouring pens have come in particularly useful of late.
Kerstin Rodgers aka MsMarmitelover launched the underground restaurant movement in the UK with her eponymous supper club The Underground Restaurant. She is part of a new generation of writers and chefs who use social media to promote food via blogging, facebook and twitter; she has appeared on TV numerous times and is regularly interviewed in broadsheets, tabloids and magazines.
Deborah Rodriguez from Holland, Michigan, has been working as a hairdresser since 1979. In 2002, Rodriguez helped found the Kabul Beauty School, the first modern beauty school and training salon in Afghanistan.
Helena Rogers is a freelance writer based in Dorset.
Richard Rohr is a globally recognised Catholic and Christian teacher focusing on mystical and transformational traditions and is the founder and director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, home of the Rohr Institute. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Yes, And...: Daily Meditations; Immortal Diamond: The Search for Our True Self; Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life; and Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps.
Ronald Rolheiser OMI is a specialist in the field of sprituality and systematic theology. He is currently teaching theology at St Thomas More College in the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and has a regular column in The Catholic Herald. He is author of SEEKING SPIRITUALITY, THE RESTLESS HEART, THE SHATTERED LANTERN and AGAINST AN INFINITE HORIZON, also FORGOTTEN AMONG THE LILIES now out of print.
Peter Rollins has been praised as possessing one of the most provocative and thoughtful theological voices of our day. An author, lecturer and storyteller, he is renowned for his dynamic and winsome speaking. He is also the founder of ikon, a faith group that has gained an international reputation for blending live music, visual imagery, soundscapes, theatre, ritual and reflection to create what they call 'transformance art'. Rollins received his higher education in Queen's University, Belfast, where he earned degrees (with distinction) in Scholastic Philosophy (BA Hons), Political Theory (MA), and Post-Structural Religious Philosophy (PhD). He is currently a research associate with the Irish School of Ecumenics in Trinity College, Dublin, and is the author of the much talked about How (Not) to Speak of God, The Fidelity of Betrayal, The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales, Insurrection and most recently The Idolatry of God. He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and currently lives in New York.
Stephen Romano is an acclaimed self-made multi-media artist, whose unique jack-of-all-trades approach to the genres of horror, crime fiction, sci-fi and exploitation has produced award-winning work. He is an accomplished illustrator, designer, screenwriter, print author, musician, studio producer and a fine artist. Among his many projects he adapted Joe R. Lansdale's Incident On and Off a Mountain Road for Showtime's Emmy Award-winning Masters of Horror cable series, and is the author of illustrated novel Shock Festival. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Dugan Romano has been a cross-cultural trainer and counselor for fifteen years.
Frank Ronan was born in 1963 in Ireland. His first novel, THE MEN WHO LOVED EVELYN COTTON, won the 1989 Irish Times/Aer Lingus Literature Prize. Since then he has published several novels, as well as a collection of short stories. He has also had work published in Best Short Stories, The Best of Cosmo Fiction and the Daily Telegraph, as well as broadcast on BBC Radio 4.