Philip is the author of several best-selling books, most notably the fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials and the fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. In 2008, The Times named Pullman one of the "50 greatest British writers since 1945”. Philip's trilogy, His Dark Materials, won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award. In 2003, His Dark Materials came third in the BBC’s ‘Big Read’ competition to find the nation’s favourite book, and in 2005 he was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. In 2007, The Golden Compass became a major Hollywood film starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig.
Seamus is Chair of the English Faculty Board at the University of Oxford, and Professor of English Literature. A Fellow and Tutor at Balliol College, Professor Perry writes reviews for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books, and the Literary Review, and has published broadly in the field of English Romantic poetry and Modern History of Criticism. He served for five years as a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of English Studies at the University of London. He was elected a Fellow of the English Association in 2005.
Hermione Lee is the President of Wolfson College in Oxford and a Professor of Literature at the University of Oxford, as well as a critic and a biographer. Her work includes biographies of Virginia Woolf (1996), Edith Wharton (2006) and Penelope Fitzgerald (2013, winner of the 2014 James Tait Black Prize for Biography and one of the New York Times best 10 books of 2014). From 1998 to 2008 she was the Goldsmiths’ Professor of English Literature at Oxford. She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003 she was made a CBE and in 2013 she was made a Dame for services to literary scholarship.
Mark has written four novels, including his best-selling novel, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which has been adapted for The National Theatre's award-winning production by the same name. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Whitbread Award, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, and others. He has also written poetry, children's books, screenplays, radio plays and TV dramas. His latest book is a collection of short stories, The Pier Falls, published by Jonathan Cape in 2016.
Elleke is Professor of World Literature in English at the University of Oxford, and a Professorial Governing Body Fellow at Wolfson College. She is an acclaimed novelist and a founding figure in the field of Postcolonial Studies, internationally recognised for her research in colonial and postcolonial literature and theory. Her main areas of interest include the literature of empire and resistance to empire; sub-Saharan African and South Asian literatures; modernism; migration and diaspora; feminism, masculinity, and identity; nationalism; terrorism; J.M. Coetzee, Katherine Mansfield, and Nelson Mandela; and life writing.
Andrew is an English poet, novelist, and biographer, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. During the period of his laureateship, He founded the Poetry Archive, an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work. In 2012, he became President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, taking over from Bill Bryson. He is now Homewood Professor in the Arts at Johns Hopkins University and lives in Baltimore.
Amit Chaudhuri is the author of six novels, the latest of which is Odysseus Abroad. He is also a critic and a musician and composer. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Awards for his fiction include the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Betty Trask Prize, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Government of India's Sahitya Akademi Award. In 2013, he was awarded the first Infosys Prize in the Humanities for outstanding contribution to literary studies. He is Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia.
Born in Scotland, Kate is a teacher, freelance writer, and journalist. Kate is a Creative Writing Fellow of Oxford Brookes University, and one of the writers-in-residence at the charity First Story. Her poetry and seven radio plays have been broadcast by BBC Radio. She is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper; her work appeared in The Scotsman, the New Statesman and Poetry Review. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the Eric Gregory Award, the Forward Poetry Prize, the BBC National Short Story Award, and the Costa Book Award for First Novel.
James is the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History at Barnard College, Columbia University. He was educated at Harvard (BA), Cambridge (BA & MA), and Oxford (DPhil) where, as a Rhodes Scholar, he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Roger Lonsdale. He has taught at Harvard, Cambridge, New York University, and Rogue Community College. He is President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and a former visiting fellow at Yale, Cambridge, and the American Antiquarian Society. James is also the founder and President of Oxbridge Academic Programs, which has conducted summer schools and teacher seminars at Pembroke, Corpus Christi, Oriel, and Mansfield Colleges in Oxford, as well as other universities, for more than 25 years.