vladimir kabakov was born in Irkutsk, in Siberia. After leaving school, he did his military service in the Soviet Army and worked at the University of Irkutsk. He has been a carpenter, geologist and teacher, and is a sports coach and director of a St Petersburg youth club. He is also a writer and journalist. His latest Russian book, They say that Bears Don't Bite was published in 2007. Vladimir now lives in London, and returns to Russia every year. .....
Kabir (1398-1518) was an extraordinary satirist, philosopher, and oral poet whose works have been sung and recited by millions throughout North India for half a millennium.
Ken Kalfus's most recent book is a novel, The Commissariat of Enlightenment. He is also the author of two short story collections, Thirst and Pu-239 and Other Russian Fantasies.
Thalia Kalkipsakis loved reading when she was a kid, and now she loves writing for kids who also love books. Thalia grew up on a carrot farm on the outskirts of Melbourne. She kept writing stories as she grew up and, after a stint as a semi-professional dancer, she started working as a website editor and later, editor of travel guides. These days, she works from home as a writer and editor, and lives with her husband and two children in North-East Victoria. .....
Maira Kalman is an award-winning artist, illustrator, and product designer. She lives in New York.
KIM KANE was born in London in a bed bequeathed by Wordsworth for '...a writer, a dancer or a poet'. Despite this auspicious beginning, she went on to practise law. Kim is a mother/stepmother of four children. She lives among vats of stewed pear, teetering piles of nappies and lots of tiny left shoes in a house near the beach. Kim writes to have some modicum of control in an otherwise highly chaotic life.
Ada Karmi-Melamede studied at the Architectural Association in London and in Israel from 1956–1962. She has designed numerous buildings in Israel and has taught at several universities in the USA, including Columbia and Yale.
Erich Kästner (1899-1974) was born in Dresden and after serving in World War I studied history and philosophy in Leipzig, completing a PhD. In 1927 he moved to Berlin and through his prolific journalism quickly became a major intellectual figure in the capital. His first book of poems was published in 1928, as was the children's book Emil and the Detectives, which quickly achieved worldwide fame. Going to the Dogs appeared in 1931 and was followed by many other works for adults and children, including Lottie and Lisa, the basis for the popular Disney film The Parent Trap. .....
Zannah Kearns is a first-time author who grew up in a village near St Albans. She studied English Literature at Cardiff University, and later returned there to complete an MA in Creative Writing. She has spent most of her professional life working with teenagers - from Costa Rica to UK inner cities. She has also worked in Communications in the charity sector. Zannah lives in Maidenhead with her husband and two young children. .....
Pamela Keech is an artist, curator, and collector. She regularly haunts flea markets and antique shops in search of period furnishings for museums and historic houses. She is on the staff of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City, and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the American Antiquarian Society. She lives in New York City.
Daniel Kehlmann's Measuring the World was translated into more than forty languages. Awards his work has received include the Candide Prize, the Literature Prize of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Heimito von Doderer Literature Award, the Kleist Prize, the WELT Literature Prize, and the Thomas Mann Prize. Kehlmann divides his time between Vienna and Berlin. His most recent book to be translated into English is Fame.
Annette Kelleher was born in Kenmare, Co Kerry, in 1950 and emigrated to Australia in 1978. Her other books include Noodles on Our Ceiling, Seaweed in Our Soup, Pet 4 Elvin and Pumpkin Head is Dead! She is married, with four children.
Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. At nineteen months, she suffered from a mysterious illness, perhaps scarlet fever, that left her deaf and blind. When Helen was five, Anne Sullivan was engaged as her teacher. Their relationship and the legendary strides made as a result of it, particularly Helen's acquisition of language, are the subject of The Story of My Life. A devoted member of the Socialist Party and a tireless advocate for the blind, Helen spent her adult life fundraising and lecturing all over the world. .....
Deirdre Kelly was a radical environmental activist and a founder member of the Living City Group. She was involved with many campaigns to save Dublin's architectural heritage.
Jane Kelly has produced and directed news and current affairs documentaries for the BBC network. She has also produced and directed programmes for Granada Television, UTV, RTE and TG4.
Michael Kelly is a freelance contributor to The Irish Times. He writes columns including My Big Week and What's On for the Irish Times Magazine, A New Life in the Health supplement and The Irishman's Diary. His column Giving Up in the Irish Times Magazine saw him forsake each week some of the essentials of modern life electricity, mobile phone, shaving, coffee etc. He also writes for The Gloss magazine (the Urban Farmer column and Restaurant Spy). .....
SEAMUS KELTERS is an Assistant News Editor with BBC Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of Lost Lives. The stories of the Men, Women and Children who died in the Northern Ireland Troubles for which he and his fellow editors were awarded the Christopher Ewart-Biggs Prize for its contribution to reconciliation.
Jane Kemp has worked together with Clare Walters in the parenting market for many years, most recently as deputy editor and features editor of the respected babycare magazine Practical Parenting. They are co-authors of 15 successful childrens books. Jane particularly enjoys writing about babycare, childcare and health.
John Kennedy, a chartered accountant, is also a poet, novelist and author of the best-selling Sixty Short Puzzles series. Many of his works have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies and on live radio broadcasts. He has won several chess titles and competed for Ireland at the European Management Championships. He lives in Dublin.
RAYMOND KENNEDY (1934-2008) was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. In 1982, he joined the creative writing faculty at Columbia University, where he taught until his retirement in 2006. Kennedy's other novels include My Father's Orchard, Goodnight, Jupiter, The Flower of the Republic, The Bitterest Age, and The Romance of Eleanor Gray.
Barbara Ker Wilson is a well-known reviewer, writer and publisher, with a long-standing interest in folklore. She now lives in Australia.
Joseph Kerman is emeritus professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley. He began writing music criticism for The Hudson Review in the 1950s, and is a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books and many other journals. His books include Opera as Drama (1956; new and revised edition 1988), The Beethoven Quartets (1967), Contemplating Music (1986), Concerto Conversations (1999), and The Art of Fugue (2005).
Jo Kerrigan grew up amid the wild beauties of West Cork; after working in the UK as writer, academic and journalist, she returned home to the place she loved best. She now writes regularly for a range of publications, including The Irish Examiner and the Evening Echo as well as international magazines, and operates a very popular online weblog.
Rosalind Kerven trained as an anthropologist and has edited and reviewed children's books for a number of years. She has written many collections of myths and legends, and several children's novels. She lives in Morpeth, Northumberland.
Maggie Keswick first went to China when she was 4 years old. She was educated in Shanghai and Hong Kong and, in Britain, at Oxford University and the Architectural Association, London. She was married to the architecture critic and historian Charles Jencks, with whom she made the famous conceptual garden at Portrack, near Dumfries.
Richard Kidd, artist and writer, born June 22 1952; died July 21 2008, studied painting at Newcastle University before taking up a scholarship at the British School at Rome. After several years of teaching at Newcastle University, he went to America in 1980, to spend a year in San Francisco and 6 years in New York on a Harkness Fellowship.
Thomas Kiedrowski leads tours to Warhol sites in New York City. He received his B.F A. in Film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and after working in Hollywood, now lives New York.
Kevin Kiely has had several collections of poetry published, had plays broadcast on RTÉ and is engaged in literary journalism and editing. He has received Literature Bursary Awards from the Irish Arts Council, and is Honorary Fellow in Writing with the University of Iowa. This is his first book for young readers.
Terence Kilmartin (1922-1991) was the literary editor of The Observer from 1952 until 1987.
Jane Kilpatrick studied History at Oxford and then tried a number of different occupations, among them antiquarian bookselling, before working for several years at a children's safety charity. Throughout she has gardened whenever and wherever possible. She is a dedicated plantswoman with a passionate interest in Chinese plants.
Diana Kimpton is a writer of books, stories and articles for children and adults. She also administers the Word Pool website. To visit her website click here
Jamaica Kincaid is a Caribbean novelist, gardener, and gardening writer. Her short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and The New Yorker, where her novel Lucy was originally serialized. Her first book, At the Bottom of the River, was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and she has gone on to write more than fifteen books, including A Small Place, Annie John, and Mr. Potter. She has received the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Prix Femina Étranger, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award. .....
Michael King is a distinguished garden designer, writer and photographer. He has contributed many articles to magazines for both amateur gardeners and professional landscape architects. Recurring themes are planting design and the role of contemporary gardens in society.
Noel Kingsbury is a leading exponent of contemporary naturalistic planting design. He contributes regularly to The Garden, Homes and Gardens, Hortus and the English Garden and writes occasional pieces for many other magazines and newspapers including the Financial Times and Country Life.
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Mary Kingston is a presenter with RTE's Den TV and for the last five years she has been sharing her Fantastic Far-Flung Facts For Fun with us on Sunday's 'Disney Club'. In this time, she has travelled to over 55 countries from Bangledesh to Madagascar and Cambodia.
Thomas Kinsella is one of Ireland's most respected and well-loved poets. Born in Inchicore in 1928, he is also known for his translations and editorial work.
Mike Kipling comes from Scarborough, and having studied town planning at Newcastle University, became Assistant Area Planning Officer at Richmond. But in 1996 he decided to become a photographer, and now has one of the largest practices in the north of England where his work is widely published. He lives in Guisborough, Cleveland.
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. In 1871 he was brought home from India and spent five unhappy years with a foster family in Southsea. It was during his time at college that he began writing poetry, and Schoolboy Lyrics was published privately in 1881. In 1892 he married an American, Caroline Balestier, and from 1892 to 1896 they lived in Vermont, where Kipling wrote The Jungle Book, published in 1894. .....
Robert Kirk (1644–1692) was the seventh son of James Kirk, Minister of Aberfoyle. He studied at Edinburgh and St. Andrews, became Minister of Balquhidder in 1644, and succeeded his father at Aberfoyle in 1685. Kirk published the first Gaelic translation of the Psalms and oversaw the preparation of the first romanized version of the Gaelic Bible. The Secret Commonwealth was left in manuscript at the time of his death.
Pat Kirkbride has three great passions in life - hill walking, her two collie dogs and a love of good food. Pat grew up on a traditional hill farm in Wensleydale, and developed a natural understanding of the connection between the landscape and the different breeds that land will support. Each farmer's unique knowledge of the area's climate combined with good breeding and animal husbandry will result in the finest end product. .....
James Kirkup (1918-2009) was a prolific English poet, translator and travel writer.
Dan Kissane lives on a farm in Kerry where he keeps sheep and bees. His book Pugnax and the Princess was published in October 2001. This was originally published in 1995 as The King of Wisdom's Daughter, followed by a sequel, The Eagle Tree (1996) which was shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award 1997. Jimmy's Leprechaun Trap (1997) was also shortlisted for the BISTO Book of the Year Award 1998.
H Gustav Klaus holds the Chair of British Literature at the University of Rostock. He has taught and lectured in many countries including Australia, Britain, Denmark, France and Spain. He takes special interest in the 'little' tradition of working-class and socialist writing. His first major book was a study of another Spanish volunteer, Christopher Caudwell. This was followed by The Socialist Novel in Britain, ed. .....
A botanist at the Natural History Museum in London, Sandra Knapp has spent many years collecting plants in tropical Central and South America. She is an expert on the plant family Solanaceae, which includes such economically important species as the potato and tomato.
Belinda Knox, author and photographer, is a lifelong lover of the countryside. She has always enjoyed capturing on camera some of the most stunning views in the world which present themselves in the British Isles. Her work has featured in Amateur Photographer and been exhibited locally.
James Knox wrote the acclaimed biography of cult 1930s travel writer, Robert Byron, published by John Murray in 2003, which was hailed by Patrick Leigh Fermor as "surpassing all expectations." Byron was a contemporary and friend of Lancaster's and their social worlds overlapped. Knox has also written extensively about art and architecture for Country Life, The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. He has broadcast on Byron for the BBC and spoken at literary festivals. .....
Wayne Koestenbaum has published five books of critical prose, including The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; and three books of poetry, including Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems. He is a Professor of English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Gabriela Kogan is a graphic designer based in Buenos Aires specializing in book design. Her studio has recently published Surtido, 268 images of the Argentine Soul; Buenos Aires Populares; Surtido P. 233 20th century graphic advertisements from Argentina; Viejo Buenos Aires under her imprint Del Nuevo Extremo.
Born in York in 1951, Roger Kohn studied with Rowan Gillespie at York School of Art in 1969. After earning a first class honours degree from Chelsea School of Art, he boarded a tramp steamer to South America. He was arrested and interrogated on three occasions for insurgency and abuse of the Argentine authorities. He declined an offer from MI6 to return to Argentina and travelled the world instead, visiting more than 60 countries and building an extensive photographic library. .....
Raised in Cape Coast and Accra, in Ghana, K.P. Kojo grew up hearing stories from his parents, his blind grandmother, orange-sellers, teachers and a rag-bag of friends with whom he ran wild. Many years later, in London, he was asked to visit a library and tell stories. Two days later he found himself kneeling in front of twenty six-year-olds retelling an Ananse story. That was in 2001. Since then he has worked in over 100 schools throughout the UK, using moral-based storytelling to show children how to make up their own stories. .....
Arun Kolatkar (1932-2004) was born in the town of Kolhapur in the western Indian state of Maharashtra and attended the JJ School of Art in Bombay, the city in which he was to pursue a long and successful career as an art director in advertising. Jejuri, published by a small press in 1976, received the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Kolatkar was also the author of four volumes of poetry in Marathi. Two long-awaited further collections in English, Kala Ghoda Poems and Sarpa Satra, appeared shortly before his death.
Dr June Diana Komisar, BA, Clark University; MArch, Yale University; Ph.D University of Michigan; RA, AIA, RAIC
Linda Kooluris Dobbs began her photographic record of the Vatican Gardens in 1981 with a very old and trustworthy Nikon F2. Her photographs have been published in The National Post and have been the subject of a major exhibition in Toronto in 2002.
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Jenny Koralek's books include The Song of Roland Smith, Mabel's Story, The Boy and the Cloth of Dreams and A Treasury of Stories from the Brothers Grimm.
CONOR KOSTICK was a designer for the world's first live fantasy role-playing game, based in Peckforton Castle, Cheshire. He now resides in Dublin where he teaches medieval history at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of several historical, political and cultural works. Conor was also a reviewer for the Journal of Music in Ireland and was twice chairperson of the Irish Writers' Union.
Dezso Kosztolányi (1885-1936) made his name as a poet. His first novel, Nero, The Bloody Poet, won him the admiration of Thomas Mann.
Ruth Krauss was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1911. She attended the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore and received a BA from the Parson’s School of Applied Art in New York City. During the 1940s and 1950s, Krauss spent time at the Bank Street Writer's Laboratory, where authors were encouraged to work directly with children; her A Hole Is to Dig (published in 1952) was written collaboratively with nursery school students and was illustrated by Maurice Sendak. .....
Carsten Krieger's unique images of the Irish landscape are highly acclaimed and he is the author of several books of landscape photography. His photographs have also been published in magazines and calendars and he also exhibits in Ireland and abroad on a regular basis.
Gyula Krúdy (1878-1933) was born in Nyíregyháza in northeastern Hungary. His mother had been a maid for the aristocratic Krúdy family, and she and his father, a lawyer, did not marry until Gyula was seventeen. Krúdy began writing short stories and publishing brief newspaper pieces while still in his teens. Rebelling against his father's wish that he become a lawyer, he worked as a newspaper editor for several years before moving to Budapest. .....
Michael Krüger's successful career as a poet and novelist has been paralleled by his long and distinguished record as head of the German publishing house Hanser Verlag and editor of the influential journal Akzente. He received the Mörike Prize, one of Germany's most prestigious awards, in recognition of his contribution to both sides of the trade.
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887—1950) was an ethnically Polish Ukrainian-born short-story writer whose work was largely unpublished, though he was active among Moscow’s literati in the 1920s. He died in Moscow but his burial site is unknown.
Kathleen Kudlinski is the author of over twenty books for young readers, including Rachel Carson: Pioneer of Ecology and Earthquake! A Story of Old San Francisco. She lives in Connecticut.
Dorothy Kunhardt (1901–1979) was an influential American author of books designed for small children, best known for her interactive Pat the Bunny (1940), the best-selling American children’s book of all time and the second-best-selling children’s book in the United States after Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Her first book, Junket Is Nice, appeared in 1933 and was soon followed by other children’s classics, including Now Open the Box, Lucky Mrs. .....