Joanna Jackson has lived in Richmond for more than 18 years. She has a strong interest in local history, and in 2000 she wrote and produced an audio tour of Richmond town centre for the local tourist authority. She is a guide at the nearby Wetlands Trust. A keen photographer, her images have been used in cards, calendars and books. Her other titles for Frances Lincoln are A Year in the Life of Kew Gardens, A Year in the Life of Richmond Park, A Year in the Life of Richmond and A Year in the Life of Padstow, Polzeath and Rock.
Joachim Jacobs is a landscape architect based in Berlin. He specializes in regeneration projects across Germany and has contributed to numerous publications. He recently designed an extension to the Jewish cemetery in Berlin Grunewald.
Michael Jacobs is a prolific writer on art history and travel, and a translator of Spanish and Latin American drama. He was born in Italy and took his degree in Art History at the Courtauld Institute, where he received a Ph.D. in 1982 for his researches into 18th-century Italian art. He is currently Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the Hispanics Department of Glasgow University.
Since 1979 he has worked mainly as a writer. .....
Henry James (1843–1916), the younger brother of the psychologist William James and one of the greatest of American writers, was born in New York but lived for most of his life in England. Among the best known of his many stories and novels are The Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, and The Wings of the Dove. In addition to The New York Stories of Henry James, New York Review Classics has published several long-unavailable James novels: The Other House, The Outcry, and The Ivory Tower.
Charles Jamieson is a well known artist described by the Herald as 'one of the 50 most collectible Scottish artists working today'. His work is in collections world-wide. Photography plays an important role in Charles's work and although the imagery mostly ends up as paintings, the photographs themselves are often displayed. Four years ago, a touring exhibition of photographs of Cuba entitled "Mi Cuba" included venues such as Glasgow School of Art and The Dick Institute in Kilmarnock. .....
Deidre Janson-Smith began her career at the Natural History Museum as part of the exhibition development team and has since worked for museums, science centres and zoos across the world. She lives in Beaconsfield, Bucks, UK.
Born in Dublin in 1920, he was educated at the High School, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin (of which he was an Honorary Fellow); he was also a Research Fellow of Royal Holloway, University of London and of Oriel College, Oxford. He taught in University College Dublin (Classics); in Holland and Edinburgh (English) and held Chairs (English) in Adelaide, Leeds and Stirling. He had travelled widely, lecturing on Irish literature from the US to the USSR and in parts of Africa, the Middle East, India and Europe. .....
Pierrick Jégu is also the author of Paris en Bouteille. He is a frequent contributor for L’Express and a guest critic for Zurban, a weekly guide to Paris.
Gertrude Jekyll created over 400 gardens in England, Europe and America. She holds a unique place in the making of English gardens and has exerted immense influence on good garden planting throughout the world. Her Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, first published in 1908, was one of the most influential gardening books of the 20th century. She died in 1932.
Susie Jenkin-Pearce was born in Harrow, Middlesex. She studied Fine Art at Hornsey Art School and later did a course in illustration at her local art college in Harrow. She spent several years as a teacher working with children with reading difficulties and is now a full-time author/illustrator of children's books.
Steve Jenkins lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Robin Page, and their three children. Besides writing and illustrating children's books, Steve and his wife run a graphic design studio.
Mervin Jess is a BBC NI Journalist.
He has reported extensively on Northern Ireland in general and Drumcree in particular.
Chris Jesty trained as a cartographer with the Ordnance Survey. He devised Scafell Pike Panorama, a guide to the view from the highest mountain in England, for which Wainwright provided illustrations. When Wainwright's health deteriorated, Chris helped him with the maps for two of his large-format books. Shortly before he died, Wainwright said that if ever the Pictorial Guides were to be revised, Chris Jesty should be given the job. .....
Alex Johnson runs the successful and unique shedworking site www.shedworking.co.uk which has been acclaimed by online and traditional media across the world. He works as a freelance journalist for the Independent's online site and as an editorial consultant for several national charities. A co-organiser of the annual National Shed Week and judge of the Shed of the Year competition, he lives in St Albans and has had a garden office for five years.
CATHERINE JOHNSON is an award-winning writer of Welsh/African Caribbean descent, living in the East End of London. Her novels for children include Stella, The Dying Game, Arctic Hero, selected for Booked Up 2009 and A Nest of Vipers, shortlisted for the UKLA Award 2009. She lectures in creative writing at London Metropolitan University, and is a member of the 2012 London Olympics Organising Committee, as well as a Trustee of The Reading Agency. .....
JULIA JOHNSON trained as a drama teacher in the UK, then moved to Dubai with her architect husband. She soon became a familiar face reading children's stories on Dubai television. She is keen to encourage awareness of the Arabian Peninsula's rich cultural heritage through her writing. She has toured schools and universities in the Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait with talks and workshops for students and teachers. .....
Ruth Johnson was archaeological curator and education officer at Dublinia. She is now City Archaeologist and has a wide-ranging involvement in all matters of archaeological concern.
Tony Johnston's father was born and raised in the south of America, where Bone by Bone by Bone takes place. Tony grew up in an atmosphere of racial intolerance and Bone by Bone by Bone is based on that experience. She is the author of Any Small Goodness.
Becky Jones is a documentary film maker specialising in science, history and arts programmes at the BBC and Chanel 4. The skills of fact finding, research and travelling across the globe have been honed and brought closer to home with the series of guide books Adventure Walks for Families books she has created with journalist colleague Clare Lewis. The books inspire children and families to get out and about, exploring the stories and games of an old fashioned outdoors childhood through a good tramp in the countryside. .....
Diana Wynne Jones has been described as "hotter than Potter". She has won the Guardian Award and in 2006 was short listed for the Astrid Lindgren Award. She is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and has been translated into eighteen langues. Her book Howl's Castle has been made into an excellent animated film, which was nominated for an Oscar. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Old English Literature.
LIS JONES finds delight in words and images. She works in a community arts centre, where she aspires to share this enthusiasm with others. She is the author, under her married name Lis Coplestone, of Sunshine and Storm, Moonlight and Shadow (both Ragged Bears) and Noah's Bed for Frances Lincoln.
Peter Owen-Jones is an Anglican clergyman, author and television presenter. He is the author of several books including Around the World in 80 Faiths (BBC Books), and was the subject of the acclaimed BBC documentary How to Live a Simple Life (2009), in which he tried to live a life without money, in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi. He lives in Firle, East Sussex.
Barry Jonsberg's young adult novels, The Whole Business with Kiffo and the Pitbull and It's Not All About YOU, Calma! were shortlisted for the Children's Book Council Book of the Year, Older Readers, awards. It's Not All About YOU, Calma! also won the Adelaide Festival Award for Children's Literature, Dreamrider was shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Awards for the Ethel Turner prize and Cassie was shortlisted for the Children's Peace Literature Award. .....
Mary Ellen Jordan's writing for adults has been widely acclaimed. She is the author of the memoir, Balanda: My Year in Arnhem Land (A&U, 2005) which was shortlisted for a number of major literary awards, including the National Biography Prize and the Melbourne Prize for Literature. Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie is her first book for children.
Michael Jordan is a qualified botanist who has been studying and collecting fungi throughout Britain and Europe for more than 25 years. An established writer and broadcaster on mycology, his series Mushroom Magic, for Channel 4, brought this fascinating subject to a wide audience and put the accompanying book into the bestsellers list.
Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan are the authors of several distinctive books about art. Their work, Vincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist, was named a 2002 Sibert Award Honor Book.
Joseph Joubert (1754-1824) was a philosopher who associated with the leading French thinkers of his day. He published little during his lifetime, preferring to record his thoughts in his voluminous notebooks. After Joubert's death, his friend, Chateaubriand, distributed these writings, which won Joubert posthumous fame and influence.
David Joyce is a celebrated garden writer and planting adviser who has lived and gardened in New Zealand, France and Hong Kong as well as in London and Suffolk. He has written many successful books on a range of gardening topics.
James Joyce (1882-1941) was born and educated in Dublin. His first collection of short stories was published in 1904 and was met with great praise in Ireland and abroad. Whilst living in Paris, he wrote Ulysses which quickly established Joyce as one of the most influential authors of the 20th century. Every year on 16th June, Joyceans across the globe celebrate Bloomsday, the day on which the action of Ulysses took place, proving Joyce’s importance to literature.
Nathan Jurevicius was born in 1973 in Bordertown, Australia, a place made famous for its meat factory and as the birthplace of Bob Hawke. At the age of six he had his first one-man show, selling three pieces, including the legendary 'Woman with a fly on her nose in a phonebox'. Today Nathan is an artist with sell-out shows around the world. Scarygirl is his most popular character