Angela Locke lives in Cumbria. She broadcasts widely on television and radio, writes poetry and two feature columns for Cumbria Life. She also teaches Creative Writing and runs international Writing Retreats. Her books have been translated all over the world. Angela first saw the Tibetan Blue Poppy growing in her sister's fellside garden in Cumbria. She became fascinated by this rare and beautiful flower and began a journey of exploration which led her to the Himalayas, to research her novel, Dreams of the Blue Poppy. She fell in love with Nepal, and in 1994 founded the Juniper Trust, which now works building schools and basic facilities for the poorest communities across the world. To find out more visit her website: www.angelalocke.co.uk
Kathleen Jones was born and brought up on a hill farm in the Lake District and currently divides her time between Italy and Cumbria. Her acclaimed biographies have included studies of Katherine Mansfield, Christina Rossetti and Catherine Cookson. Kathleen’s account of the lives of the sisters, wives and daughters of the Lake Poets, A Passionate Sisterhood, won the Barclays Bank prize for non-fiction and her latest collection of poetry, Not Saying Goodbye at Gate 21, was a Straid Award winner. She was appointed as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow in 2007 and last year elected as a Fellow of the English Association.
Harold Slight was born into an Irish immigrant family in the city of Carlisle. He was passionate about horses and ran away from home at the age of 14 to work on a farm. He lived on a croft in the Cheviots for a while and farmed a marginal hill farm in the Lake District. But his love of history and literature eventually drew him to writing. He lived through a particularly turbulent time for farming - just after the second world war - and he began to record his life and the changing landscape around him and the lives of the people who worked on the land.
Jan Marsh is a biographer, best known for her books on the Pre-Raphaelite circle, particularly The Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood. But she has also written books on Edward Thomas and the Bloomsbury Women. She is a curator at the National Portrait Gallery and Royal Literary Fund Fellow. She recently curated the exhibition Black Victorians: Black People in British Art, 1800-1900.