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'An inspiring tribute to inquiring minds.' --The Guardian
About the Author
Sarah Hall is the author of four novels: Haweswater, which won the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Novel and a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award; The Electric Michelangelo, shortlisted for the 2004 Man Booker Prize; The Carhullan Army, which won the 06/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and How To Paint a Dead Man, longlisted for the 2009 Man Booker prize. Her story Butcher's Perfume was shortlisted for the 2010 BBC National Short Story Prize and her first collection of shorts, The Beautiful Indifference, was published by Faber and Faber in 2011. Frank Cottrell Boyce is an award-winning screenwriter and children s novelist. His film credits include Welcome to Sarajevo, Hilary and Jackie, Code 46, 24 Hour Party People, A Cock and Bull Story and the forthcoming remake of Chitty Chitty Bang-Bang. In 2004, his debut novel Millions won the Carnegie Medal and was shortlisted for The Guardian Children s Fiction Award. His second novel, Framed, was published by Macmillan in 2005, and later adapted into a film by the BBC. His third, The Unforgotten Coat, was shortlisted for the 2012 Costa Children s Book Award and won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. Frank also writes for the theatre and was the author of the highly-acclaimed BBC film God on Trial. He was Danny Boyle s script writer on the 2012 London Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Stella Duffy has written twelve novels. Theodora, published by Virago (UK) in 2010 and by Viking Penguin (US) in 2011, is her first historical novel. The Room of Lost Things and State of Happiness were both longlisted for the Orange Prize, and she has twice won Stonewall Writer of the Year. She has written over forty short stories, including several for BBC Radio 4, and won the 2002 CWA Short Story Dagger for Martha Grace. She is currently working on the sequel to Theodora, The Purple Shroud, as well as several film and theatre projects. Stella is also a theatre director and performer, and has written eight plays. Jane Rogers was born in London in 1952 and lived in Birmingham, New York State (Grand Island) and Oxford, before doing an English degree at Cambridge University. She taught English for 6 years before the publication of her first novel, Separate Tracks. Since then she has written eight novels including Mr Wroe s Virgins, Island, The Voyage Home and most recently The Testament of Jessie Lamb (Sandstone Press), as well as original and adapted work for television and radio drama. In 1994 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 2009 her story Hitting Trees With Sticks was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Prize. She is currently Professor of Writing on the MA course at Sheffield Hallam University. She lives near Manchester with her partner and two children.