Richard Mabey is one of Britain’s most eminent nature writers and the author of over thirty books including Flora Britannica, Weeds, Food for Free and The Unofficial Countryside. He writes regularly for the Times, the Guardian and BBC Wildlife. He is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4.
NATASHA MAC A'BHáIRD works for a publishing house in Dublin and is a contributing book reviewer for several publications.
Mícheál Mac Liammór(1899-1978) founded the Gate Theatre in Dublin with his partner Hilton Edwards in 1928. For fifty years afterwards their names were by-words for style in Irish life.
Liam Mac Uistin is a well-known author and playwright. His versions of ancient Irish stories and legends have been published in the Irish language by An Gúm. His plays for stage, television and radio have been produced in many European countries and in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His television play The Glory and the Dream won the Radio Telefís Éireann award.
His stage plays have been produced at the Abbey and Peacock theatres in Dublin. .....
Hilary Macaskill is a journalist and travel writer. She lives in London.
Donal MacCarron is a lifelong aviation enthusiast. He ran his own consultancy in technical advertising and public relations for thirty years. He is the author of several books, including Landfall Ireland and Wings over Ireland.
PATRICIA MACCARTHY has illustrated many books for children, including The Tiniest Mermaid (Little Tiger Press), Dewdrop Babies (Random House), The Perfect Princess (Templar), and several picture books by Margaret Mahy - Boom, Baby, Boom, Boom!, 17 Kings, 42 Elephants, and Down the Dragon's Tongue (Frances Lincoln). Her books have been published extensively in the US and Europe. For the Wilderness series Patricia is working in a mixed medium of pen and black ink, and watercolour pastels and pencil-crayons. .....
Dwight MacDonald (1906-1982) was an American writer, editor, critic, and political gadfly. A prominent member of the group known as the New York Intellectuals, he served as the editor of first Partisan Review and his journal Politics. He later became a staff writer for The New Yorker, Esquire's film critic, and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books.
Robert Macfarlane's Mountains of the Mind (2003), about wilderness and the Western imagination, won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian First Book Award, among other prizes.
Tempe Macgowan is a Sydney-based award-winning landscape architect, urban designer and design writer. Since the mid-1980s she has written on landscape architecture, art, sculpture and urban design. She was one of the first landscape architects to reach out beyond the profession to engage a broader audience with her writing.
Malcolm MacGregor is one of a band of highly-respected landscape photographers working in Britain today. On completion of service in the Scots Guards in 1997 he embarked on a life in photography. He has been engaged in a number of projects covering Scotland, Alaska, the Middle East and Brittany. He has exhibited his work in London and Muscat and his photography has been featured in many magazines, and his first book The Outer Hebrides was published by Frances Lincoln in 2007. .....
Hamish MacInnes, O.B.E., B.E.M., has been in the vanguard of search and rescue for over 40 years. He lives in Glencoe. As an international mountaineer and leader of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue team, he has taken part in 7 Himalayan expeditions and many more to the Andes and other mountain ranges. He designed the first all-metal ice axe and was a pioneer in the dropped-pick technology of modern ice climbing. .....
Debbie MacKinnon is a freelance designer and writer of books for the very young. She has collaborated on many titles with Anthea Sieveking, including the Surprise, Surprise! board books which were highly commended for the Petits Filous Best Toy Award. Debbie lives in Australia.
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Doug MacLeod has written 26 books, several of which have been illustrated by Craig Smith, including the award-winning bestseller Sister Madge's Book of Nuns; The Birdsville Monster, and Spiky Spunky My Pet Monkey. His most recent novels for children and teenagers include The Life of a Teenage Body Snatcher; Siggy and Amber; Tumble Turn; Kevin the Troll; and The Clockwork Forest.
Professor Norman Macleod is Keeper of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum, London. He studies the origin and maintenance of form in fossil and modern organisms using mathematical models of shape variation. He also creates new mathematical tools for studying plant and animal form and develops systems for automating the identification of species. He has written and contributed to numerous reports and articles on the subject of extinction.
Dr Miranda MacQuitty is a scientist and exhibition writer who has previously worked with the Museum’s exhibition development team. She is the author of several children's books including a number of titles in the best-selling DK Eyewitness series.
Máire is the daughter of Terence MacSwiney, one of the greatest figures in Ireland's history, and Muriel, a member of the wealthy Murphy distillery family. Her fascinating life which dragged her from Cork to Germany, and then back to the gaeltacht where, as a teenager, she learned Irish before re-learning English. Throughout her life, both before marriage and later with her husband, Máire has handled a complex inheritance and forged her own strong identity.
Eric Maddern studied sociology and psychology at Sheffield University, then spent 10 years travelling around the world. He now performs all over the country as a storyteller and folk singer, and he has built a roundhouse in the grounds of his home, where he holds storytelling events. He lives in Gwnyedd, Wales. Eric's books for Frances Lincoln are Death in a Nut, Nail Soup, Cow on the Roof, Earth Story and Life Story, Fire Children, The King with Horse's Ears, Spirit of the Forest, Rainbow Bird, The King and the Seed and Curious Clownfish. .....
Judith Magee has managed the art collections of the Library of the Natural History Museum, London for over 10 years. She is the author of The Art and Science of William Bartram and has contributed to several other books including Plant Discoveries: A Botanist’s Voyage Through Plant Exploration and The Great Naturalists.
WES MAGEE was born in Scotland, and worked as a teacher and head-teacher until he became a full-time writer twenty years ago. He has published 100 books for children, including poetry, picture books and storybooks. He regularly visits schools, libraries and festivals across the UK and abroad, performing his “poetry show”. He also runs training days for teachers, talks at educational conferences and runs writing workshops. .....
Gregory Maguire was born and raised in the United States. He has also lived in Dublin and London. He is a writer of fantasies, science fiction, picture books and historical novels, and he also composes music, is an artist, and loves to travel. He is a founder member of Children's Literature New England, which organises an annual summer school on children's literature. He is a popular speaker at conferences on children's literature and in schools.
Máire Mhac an tSaoi is a major poet who helped revolutionise Irish language poetry in the period immediately after the second world war, and one of the defining Irish poets of the twentieth-century. Thirty years before Eavan Boland, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and others, gave voice to the hidden lives of women, her poems celebrate the intimate aspects of her own experience as mother, daughter, wife, in much less liberated times.
Margaret Mahy, the iconic children's author from New Zealand who sadly died earlier this year, wrote more than 200 books for children of allages and is acknowledged to be one of the outstanding children's writers of the twentieth century. In 2006 she was presented with the Hans Christian Andersen medal, which is the highest international recognition granted to authors and illustrators of children's books. .....
Curzio Malaparte (pseudonym of Kur Eric Suckert, 1898-1957) was born in Prato and served in World War I. An early supporter of the Italian Fascist movement and a prolific journalist, Malaparte soon established himself as an outspoken public figure. In 1931 he incurred Mussolini's displeasure by publishing a how-to manual entilted Technique of the Coup-d'Etat, which led to his arrest and a brief term in prison. .....
Huon Mallalieu compiled The Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists and 'Antiques Roadshow' A-Z of Antiques Hunting, and wrote Understanding Watercolours. He is saleroom writer for Country Life and a contributor to The Times.
David Malouf is a novelist and poet. His novel The Great World was awarded both the Commonwealth Prize and Remembering Babylon was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He has received the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. He lives in Sydney, Australia.
Debra N. Mancoff is an art historian and a Scholar in Residence at the Newberry Library, Chicago. She lectures regularly at many of the major museums in the United States and Great Britain.
ALBERTO MANGUEL is an Argentinian-born Canadian essayist and novelist. He has written twenty works of criticism, including The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (with Gianni Guadalupi), A History of Reading, and The Library at Night; edited more than twenty literary anthologies; and is the author of five novels, including News from a Foreign Country Came, which won the McKitterick Prize in 1992. An Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France), he has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. .....
Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) translated Günter Grass, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Hermann Hesse, and Martin Heidegger, along with many other German and French authors. His translations of NYRB Classics include Short Letter, Long Farewell; Slow Homecoming; and A Sorrow Beyond Dreams.
Henning Mankell is a Swedish author, best known in the UK for his crime novels. He lives part of the year in Mozambique where the Fire novels are set, and both books are based on the real lives of friends he knows there.
His Excellency Sir David Manning is the Ambassador of Great Britain to the United States and Honorary Patron of the Exhibition
Mick Manning grew up in Haworth, West Yorkshire and studied Illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He has written and illustrated over 60 books, mostly with his partner Brita Granström.Their distinctive books have won many awards. Their first book, The World is Full of Babies, won the Smarties Silver Prize in 1996. Mick and Brita live in the Scottish Borders and have 4 sons. Their other books with Frances Lincoln include the critically acclaimed Fly on the Wall series: Roman Fort, Pharaoh's Egypt, Viking Longship, Greek Hero, Tail-End Charlie and What Mr Darwin Saw. .....
Creina Mansfield was born in Bristol in 1949. She studied literature at Cambridge and became a teacher of English at secondary school level. She lived in Dublin for a number of years and is now living in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England with her husband and two teenage sons.
Her first book, Fairchild was published in Hong Kong. Cherokee, Creina's first book with The O'Brien Press, was published in 1994, followed by My Nasty Neighbours in 1995. .....
Carlos March is the chairman of Banca March and of Corporacian Financiera Alba, and Vice-Chairman of the Fundacion Juan March. He is an entrepreneur with a passionate interest in nature, gardening and hunting.
GREIL MARCUS is the author of The Shape of Things to Come: Prophecy and the American Voice, Lipstick Traces, and other books; with Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America. In recent years he has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Princeton University, the New School University, and the University of Minnesota. He was born in San Francisco and lives in Berkeley. .....
GRAHAM MARSH is an art director, illustrator and author. He has written and art directed many groundbreaking visual books including The Cover Art of Blue Note Records Volumes 1 and 2, East Coasting and California Cool (Collis & Brown). He co-authored and art directed a series of ten movie poster books and Denim: From Cowboys to Catwalks (Aurum). His illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers and on many CD and album covers. .....
David Marshall is the author of several walking guides. He has undertaken treks in many parts of the world.
James Vance Marshall is also published under the names Ian Cameron and Donald Payne. His most famous book, Walkabout, was first published as The Children, and was later made into a movie by the director Nicholas Roeg. His other books include A River Ran Out of Eden, The Lost Ones (dramatised by Disney as The Island at the Top of the World) and White-Out. He lives in Dorking, Surrey
Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's most recent books are The Hidden Life of Dogs, Certain Poor Shepherds, and The Tribe of Tiger: Cats and Their Culture. (May 1997)
J. P. Martin (1880-1966) published his Uncle stories at the urging of his children, for whom he created. After the last war, he moved to the village of Timberscombe in Somerset, where he served in the small chapel. Six Uncle books were published in the series, the last in 1973, seven years after his death.
EITHNE MASSEY is a graduate of University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth, and a short-story writer. She has worked with the Arts Council and as a librarian. Her interest in mythology has been a lifelong one. Although she lives in Dublin, she is often found travelling to old and secret places around the country.
Rupert Matthews is a freelance author and editor. He has written more than 100 books for adults and children on a range of non-fiction subjects.
Christobel Mattingley is one of Australia's most respected and admired writers. She writes as she lives, with compassion, sincerity and a firm commitment to social justice.
Chris Mattison is a natural history writer and photographer who specialises in reptiles and amphibians. He has written and illustrated over 20 books, mostly on the natural history of reptiles and amphibians and their responsible care and breeding in captivity. His photography regularly appears in books and magazines throughout the world, and he has been a runner-up in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. .....
Gillian Mawrey was born in London and now lives on the South Bank with her QC husband. After reading English at Oxford, she worked as a children's books editor and then studied art history and began writing about historic gardens. She lectures in the UK and abroad and has served on prize juries in Belgium and France. In 1995 she set up the Historic Gardens Foundation and is its current chairman.
D. T. Max is a staff writer at The New Yorker and is at work on a biography of David Foster Wallace. His book The Family That Couldn't Sleep: A Medical Mystery was published by Random House in 2007.
Brian May, CBE, PhD, FRAS is a founding member of Queen, a world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer. Brian had to postpone a career in astronomy when Queen's popularity first exploded, but, after an incendiary 30 years as a rock musician, was able to return to astrophysics in 2006, when he completed his PhD, and co-authored his first book, Bang! The Complete History of the Universe, with Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott. .....
Judy May is a novelist, journalist and broadcaster. She is a graduate of Tony Robbins' mastery, the foremost life-coaching institute in the world. Over the last five years she has organised life-coaching groups in Paris and LA and now has a strong client base in Ireland.
James Mayhew is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books.
Tilar J. Mazzeo is the author of the biography The Widow Clicquot and of numerous other books, essays, and reviews. She is currently president of the International Society for Travel Writing and is a member of the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association. A professor of English at Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, she splits her time between New England and Sonoma County, California.
Pat McAfee is a stone mason and lectures widely, both in Ireland and abroad, on all aspects of stonework. You can visit his own website here.
Angela McAllister took a degree in Humanities at Middlesex College and then began illustrating books. She has written over 30 books for children, some of which she has also illustrated.
Leon McAuley is a Northern Ireland school teacher. He does regular author visits to schools telling stories to children and encouraging drama. He is also well known on the Library and Broadcasting circuit.
Sam McBratney sums up his post-war childhood as short trousers, Fair Isle jumper, the 11 plus and grammar school. He taught at a secondary school himself for a while and was a primary school teacher.
He is the author of numerous books for children and young adults, published internationally, including The Green Kids. In 1993 he won a BISTO Award for Put a Saddle on the Pig, published by Methuen, and also received the Bass Ireland Arts Prize. .....
Eugene McCabe is the author of Cyril's Woodland Quest, for readers age 10+. McCabe was born in Glasgow in 1930 to a Fermanagh mother and a Cavan father. In 1939 his grandfather bought a farm in Clones, Co Monaghan, and McCabe moved there in 1954.
A well-known writer for theatre, Eugene McCabe began writing for television when RTÉ began in 1960. In 1964, his play King of the Castle was the success of that year's Dublin Theatre Festival. .....
Sean McCann is a distinguished author and journalist. He has written more than 25 books covering a wide range of subjects ranging from roses to Irish history and sport. His main hobby is rose growing, for which he has been awarded many international prizes. He lives in Dublin and is the father of prize-winning author Colum McCann.
Kieran McCarthy is a local historian. He writes the popular weekly Inside Cork column and is the author of Pathways through Time, Historical Walking Trails of Cork and Cork: A Pictorial Journey. He currently works as a freelance historical consultant while pursuing an MPhil in the Department of Geography at UCC.
Maureen McCarthy is the ninth of ten children and grew up on a farm near Yea in Victoria. After working for a while as an art teacher, Maureen became a full-time writer. Her novels have been shortlisted for numerous awards and include Rose By Any Other Name, Cross My Heart, Flash Jack and When You Wake and Find Me Gone. Maureen has three sons and lives in Melbourne.
William McCleery (1911-2000) was an American playwright and editor. In the 1940s he had two comedies on Broadway, Hope for the Best and Parlor Story, and his adaptation of Peter De Vries's comic novel The Mackerel Plaza remains a staple of repertory theater. McCleery also wrote a dozen plays for television and was an editor at Life magazine, the World War II newspaper P.M., and Ladies' Home Journal.
Gillian McClure's titles include Tinker Jim and Tog the Ribber which were shortlisted for the Smarties Book Award. Tog the Ribber was also Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Award. Selkie won the Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award USA 2000. Gillian illustrated Mary Arrigan's Mario's Angels for Frances Lincoln. Gillian lives in Cambridge.
Rory McConville has been working in the comic book industry since he was sixteen. In that time he has written for DC Comics, Newbold Enterprises, Shadowline Comics and Fan-Atic Press. He lives in Cork and studies English and History at University College Cork.
SINÉAD MCCOOLE is a well-known historian and the author of a number of books on women and history. Sinéad has also scripted a series of short films, Women of 1916, for RTÉ. She currently works as a historical and picture researcher, and an exhibition curator.
James McCourt was born in New York City and attended Manhattan College, NYU, the Yale School of Drama, and the Old Met. Among his works of fiction and nonfiction are Mawrdew Czgowchwz (published by NYRB Classics), Wayfaring at Waverly in Silver Lake, and Queer Street: The Rise and Fall of an American Culture, 1947-1985. He lives in New York City.
James McDonald lives in London and is a freelance photographer and writer, and a contributor to leading interior magazines such as House and Garden and The World of Interiors. He studied interior design in Cape Town before returning to London to work in public relations. He changed careers to study photography, practicing on the Duke of Northumberland's Syon House in London, and secured his first commissions with World of Interiors in 2009. .....
Meme McDonald grew up on a sheep and cattle station in southwest Queensland. After leaving school she received an American Field Scholarship to the United States and on returning to Australia studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Queensland and later graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts Drama School. She has published books in a variety of genres.
Meme began her career directing theatre. .....
Vincent McDonnell is an award-winning author of books for adults and young readers. Born in County Mayo, he worked in England for a number of years. He now lives in County Cork with his wife and son.
He has previously written two adult novels and four novels for children. The Broken Commandment, his first novel for adults, was published after a recommendation by Graham Greene and won the GPA First Fiction Award in 1989. .....
Eamonn McEneany is Waterford's city historian and the Director of the Waterford Treasures Museum. The Waterford Treasures Museum has won several awards, both for the quality of the exhibits and the way in which the displays bring the historic objects to life in imaginative and unexpected ways.
Erika McGann grew up in Drogheda and now lives in Dublin. She has a respectable job, very normal friends and rarely dabbles in witchcraft. She loves writing stories that are autobiographical. Sort of.
Born in Dublin in 1973, Oisín McGann spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth. He studied art at Ballyfermot Senior College and Dún Laoghaire School of Art and Design, and went on to work in illustration, design and film animation. He moved to London in 1998, where he eventually found work as an art director and copy writer for an advertising agency.
After three and a half years of advertising, he began to fear for his immortal soul. .....
Patsy McGarry is the Religious Affairs correspondent of The Irish Times.
A native of Co. Roscommon, Patsy has written several previous books including While Justice Slept (2006, Liffey Press).
Pat McGinn is a graduate in Irish Studies from Queens University in Belfast. His previous work includes education assistant at the Slieve Gullion Courtyard Centre and journalist for The Examiner. He is currently involved in the Camlough Historical Society.
Suzanne McGinness completed an MA at Cambridge School of Art. She lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA.
Nicola McGirr has a degree in Science and Technology Policy (specialising in the Life Sciences) from Manchester University. She has commissioned over forty books and is developing an undergraduate life science textbook list for John Wiley and Sons. Nature's Connections is her first book, written in collaboration with scientists from the Natural History Museum, London.
Award-winning travel writer David McGonigal has completed some 40 visits to the polar regions, most recently as a shipboard presenter and photographer. He is a graduate in arts and law at Sydney University, a lfe member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Roger McGough is a highly-acclaimed and much-loved poet and writer, and has been awarded an OBE for his contribution to poetry. His many titles include Bad Bad Cats, winner of the 1998 Signal Poetry Award and The Ring of Words, which was shortlisted for the BBC Blue Peter Book Award 2001.
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Described by the CIA as 'the chief technical officer' of the IRA, Eamon McGuire was involved in undercover activity for over twenty years. He is the only person ever extradited from the Republic to the USA for political activities.
Conor McHale was born in Dublin in 1969. Shortly before leaving school, he decided he would become an archaeologist. This decision caused his father to roar with laughter. After ten years working in Irish archaeology, Conor has only just realised what the joke was. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Susannah, and their son, Oscar. He loves Rembrandt, hates celery and often loses his keys.
George McKay is a leading British author on aspects of alternative culture through music, protest, lifestyle. He is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Salford. His books include Senseless Acts of Beauty: Cultures of Resistance since the Sixties, DiY Culture: Party & Protest in Nineties Britain and Glastonbury: A Very English Fair. He is also co-editor of the academic journal Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest (Routledge), as well as a fairly frequent contributor to BBC radio. .....
Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955. He taught at the University of Salerno in Italy and is the author of five collections of poetry: The Sirocco Room (1991); The Kiosk on the Brink (1993); The Marble Fly (1997), winner of the Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and a Poetry Book Society Choice;Ink Stone (2003), which was shortlisted for the 2003 T. S. Eliot Prize and the 2003 Whitbread Poetry Award; and Crocodiles & Obelisks (2007), shortlisted for the Forward Prize. .....
Colin McKenzie is the Director of The Charleston Trust
Clare McKeon is a well-known journalist and TV presenter. She has a passionate interest in food and is a wonderful cook. She lives in Dublin. Clare presented the successful A Moveable Feast food and drink programme on RTÉ TV.
Chris McKimmie is the convenor and originator of the illustration program at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University. He wrote, illustrated and designed a series of 8 children's books in the 1970s, and has designed many covers for the University of Queensland Press. Represented in the Graphics Annual, he has worked as a graphic designer and publications designer for the ABC, the National Parks and Wildlife Services and the University of WA Press. .....
Penny McKinlay began her career as a news and show business journalist on the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, then joined TV AM as a producer. She is now head of the News Features department at Sky News.
Andrew McLean is an artist and illustrator. He has taught painting, drawing and art, but is now a full-time painter and illustrator of children’s books. Many of the books illustrated by Andrew have received awards from the Children's Book Council of Australia.
The author, Janet McLean, is an early childhood educator with a special interest in enabling parents and child-carers to teach language skills through conversation and play. Together with her artist/illustrator husband, Andrew McLean, they have received many plaudits for their picture books over the past two decades.
Historian and biographer Kirsty McLeod is the author of many books including A Passion for Friendship: Sibyl Colefax and her Circle; Battle Royal: Edward VIII and George VI; and The Last Summer: May to September 1914. She is also past Chairman of the English Heritage Historic Parks and Gardens Panel, set up to advise English Heritage on England's historic gardens.
JANE MCLOUGHLIN has lived in the UK for twenty years. She's written screenplays, radio dramas and had several adult short stories published. Jane lives in Brighton with her husband, has two children, and teaches English in a secondary school. At Yellow Lake is her debut novel.
Jane McMorland Hunter has years of experience in creating and maintaining a variety of gardens, including patios, balconies and roof gardens. She currently works in the gardening department at Hatchards.
Kate McMullan was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1947. When she was a small child, she listened as her father read the comics aloud and her mother shared books and poems. As soon as she could, Kate read her way through the public library. She had two guinea pigs, George and ZaaZaa, whose antics have had new life in the stories of Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig, one of several series Kate has written. .....
Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-four novels, including The Last Picture Show, Terms of Endearment, Lonesome Dove, winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and, most recently, Folly and Glory. His nonfiction works include a biography of Crazy Horse, Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, Paradise, and Sacagawea’s Nickname: Essays on the American West (published by New York Review Books). .....
Nan McNab is a writer and editor whose books include Body Bizarre Body Beautiful and
Catherine McNamara studied at Sydney University before moving to Ghana in 1994. She is co-founder with Francis Provencal of Nuku Films and the Nuku art gallery in Accra.
David McPhail grew up in Massachusetts and travelled with a band before enrolling in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He discovered a love for children's books while working as a shipping clerk for a book clearinghouse and published his first, The Bear's Toothache in 1972. Since then he has written and/or illustrated more than 50 books. He lives in New Hampshire, USA.
James McPherson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. His other bestselling books include For Cause and Comrades, Drawn with the Sword, What They Fought For; Gettysburg; and Fields of Fury. A professor at Princeton University, he lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
William McPherson (b. 1933) is a distinguished literary critic, editor, journalist, and novelist. Born and raised in Michigan, he attended the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and George Washington University. Starting at The Washington Post as a copy editor in 1958, he worked his way up to become first a staff writer and editor, then, following several years as a senior editor at William Morrow & Co. .....
Anna McQuinn trained as a teacher, specialising in Children’s Literature, and worked directly with children for a number of years before moving into publishing. Since then, she has been working in children’s publishing for over 20 years – as an editor, publisher and writer, as well as running workshops and courses in schools and libraries. Currently she combines both these areas, working part time as a Community Librarian for Sure Start Acton, running Mother & Toddler Groups and Family Book Groups in Acton Library. .....
David McRobbie is the author behind the bestselling Wayne series, which were originally published in the 80's and 90's. They spawned a popular TV series – The Wayne Manifesto – in 1996, which was watched in 54 countries.
Born in Kerry, with parents from Clare, Roisin Meaney is currently a primary teacher living in Limerick. She is a published author of adult fiction: The Daisy Picker (Tivoli, 2004) and Putting Out the Stars (Tivoli, 2005). Her short story Three Letters was published in Moments (Cle, 2005).
Wendy Meddour has been lecturing and teaching at Oxford University for the last eight years, but is now writing full-time, as well as painting and illustrating. Her debut novel, A Hen in the Wardrobe, the first title in the Cinnamon Grove series, has already garnered critical success, winning the John C Laurence Award for writing that improves relations between races, taking first place in the Islamic Foundation's International Writing Competition, and being shortlisted for the Muslim Writer's Award 2011. .....
Tony Meeuwissen (pronounced Maywissen) was born in London. He has designed postage stamps for the Royal Mail, covers for Radio Times and Penguin Books, illustrated feature articles for the Sunday Times Magazine, and designed and illustrated two award winning books. He has lived in the Stroud area of Gloucestershire for more than 25 years. For more information on Tony's upcoming exhibitions, please click click here
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra was the recipient of a 2009 PEN Translation Fund grant for his work on the poems of Kabir. He is head of the Department of English at the University of Allahabad.
Louis Menand is the Robert M. and Anne T. Bass Professor of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of The Metaphysical Club—which won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Francis Parkman Prize in 2002—and of American Studies, a collection of essays.
Eduardo Mencos is one of Spain's leading photographers.
David Mendel (1922–2007) was a British cardiologist, teacher, and writer. For more than two decades he was a senior lecturer and a consultant in cardiology at St. Thomas’s Hospital, London, before retiring from medicine in 1986. He subsequently obtained a degree in Italian from the University of Kent and regularly wrote and broadcast for the BBC about Italian topics, especially the chemist and writer Primo Levi. .....
Janet Mendel is an American-born journalist who has lived in Andalusia for more than 30 years. Her Traditional Spanish Cooking won the prestigious André Simon Award.
Edward Mendelson is the literary executor of the Estate of W.H. Auden and professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is the author of Early Auden, Later Auden, and many essays on (and editions of) nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers, including George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, and Thomas Pynchon.
Ingrid Mennen studied Languages and Art History at the University of Pretoria and Stellenbosch. She has recently returned to the University of Cape Town as a mature student, to further her studies in English literature. One Round Moon and a Star for Me was selected to represent South African children's books at the IBBY Conference in Groningen.
Phyllis Méras, the former travel editor of the Providence Journal, has a long acquaintance with Boston, both from her days as a student at Wellesley College, and later as editor of its alumnae magazine. She is the author of fourteen books and a year-round resident of Martha’s Vineyard.
Daphne Merkin, a critic and novelist, is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review. She has written a novel, Enchantment, and a collection of essays, Dreaming of Hitler. She is currently at work on a cultural and personal memoir of depression, Melancholy Baby.
Born on the Yorkshire moors, Jan Michael spent an idyllic childhood there and in the Seychelles. Then came boarding school in North Wales and visits home to different countries in Africa and Asia only once a year. After university at Bristol, she worked in a London publishing house as editor. She left the UK in 1976 to go and live and work in Amsterdam where she works mainly as a literary agent dealing with translation rights. .....
Henri Michaux (1899 -1984) was born in Namur, Belgium, the son of a lawyer, and educated at a Jesuit school in Brussels. He contemplated entering the priesthood, turned to the study of medicine, then left school entirely, enlisting instead as a stoker in the French merchant marine. Michaux's travels, throughout the Americas, Asia, and Africa, were to inspire his first two books, the extraordinary travelogues Ecuador and A Barbarian in Asia (later translated into Spanish by Jorge Luis Borges). .....
George Michell trained as an architect and obtained a PhD in Indian Archaeology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He has carried out research on many historical sites in India including, most recently, the ruined city of Vijayanagara in Karnataka.
Lucy Micklethwait is an expert on conceiving art books for young children, and has created the First Art Book series for Frances Lincoln, the bestselling Eye Spy art series (HarperCollins), as well as the First Art series for Frances Lincoln.
Keith Middlemas comes from an old Alnwick family. He taught for many years at the University of Sussex, where he is emeritus professor of history.
Archie Miles has had an abiding passion for landscape photography stretching back 35 years, developing since the early 1990s a special interest in trees and woodland. He wrote and photographed Silva - The Tree in Britain, a cultural overview of all aspects of Britain's trees, published in 1999. Subsequently, he was the author/photographer for The Trees that made Britain (2006), in association with the BBC2 series, and Hidden Trees of Britain in 2007.
Malcolm Millais is a retired structural engineer who worked with Arups and others on many postwar buildings in Britain and elsewhere.
Award-winning author Glenda Millard grew up in a house with no television. Her mother read fairy tales, fables and parables to Glenda and her sister while her father worked the night shift in a factory. When she became an adult, Glenda wanted to write myths and legends of her own. Mbobo Tree is one of them. She lives in Victoria, Australia.
Richard Mills, born in Provence, moved to West Cork at the age of 16. Since then he has combined the career of press photographer with The Irish Examiner and Evening Echo, with that of keen wildlife photographer, garnering many national and international awards and seeing his images published across the world. He has also been the subject of a TV programme by the wildlife film maker, Eamon de Buitlear.
Dr Rosemary Milne is a Developmental Psychologist who has been a teacher of preschool and primary school children, and an educator of teachers and parents. Rosemary has written radio and television scripts for ABC preschool and school programs. She has also written and presented materials for a resource centre which provides language support for kindergartens and childcare centres with children from diverse cultural backgrounds.
Terry Milne was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She danced professionally for two years before changing course to study book illustration at Stellenbosch University where she was taught by Niki Daly. She has illustrated both picture books and fiction for children, including THE TOYMAKER by Martin Waddell, THE CAT, THE CROW AND THE BANYAN TREE by Penelope Lively and THE NIGHT OF THE UNICORN by Jenny Nimmo. .....
Edward Milner is an environmental consultand filmmaker with over 40 years’ experience of writing and producing books and TV programmes on the natural world. He was a Producer with the acclaimed BBC Natural History Unit for over 15 years, before becoming an independent Producer and Director, lecturer and researcher. He is a member of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and was a patron of Soil Association’ Responsible Forestry programme. .....
Czeslaw Milosz was born in Lithuania in 1911. Over the course of his long and prolific career he has published works in many genres, including criticism (The Captive Mind), fiction (The Issa Valley), memoir (Native Realm), and poetry (most recently New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001). He is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.
Mirella Misenti is the pastry chef at the American Academy in Rome.
ADRIAN MITCHELL (1932-2008) made a splash in the 1960s as the first journalist to interview the Beatles and caught the spirit of the time with his anti-war poem 'Tell me lies about Vietnam'. The author of over twenty stage plays including The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he adapted many foreign classics for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. He was the lyricist for Peter Brook's Us and Peter Hall's Animal Farm, and wrote many of the lyrics for Pam Gems' Piaf, as well as television documentaries and novels for adults and children. .....
Pratima Mitchell was born in India and first began a career as a journalist and feature writer in New Delhi. She now writes and teaches in Oxford.
RITA PHILLIPS MITCHELL was born in Belize but has lived in the UK since the 1960s. She is a retired primary head-teacher, who has also taught EFL. Her other picture books include One for You, One for Me (Walker) and The Gotcha Smile (Orchard). She lives in Essex.
Stephen Mitchell was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943. He studied at Amherst, the University of Paris and Yale. His previous books include Dropping Ashes on the Buddha, The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke and The Book of Job. He lives with his wife in Berkeley, California.
Jessica Mitford (1917-1996) was the daughter of Lord and Lady Redesdale, and she and her famous five sisters and one brother grew up in isolation on their parents' Cotswold estate. Rebelling against her family, she became an outspoken Socialist and brilliant muckraking journalist, authoring many celebrated books. She died while working on a follow-up to The American Way of Death, for which, with characteristic humor, she proposed the title "Death Warmed Over. .....
JACQUELINE MITTON holds an MA in physics from the University of Oxford and a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge. A distinguished writer on astronomy, She has had more than 20 books published. Asteroid 4027 was named 'Mitton' for Jacqueline and her husband, the astronomer Simon Mitton, by the International Astronomical Union in 1990. Her books for Frances Lincoln include Zoo in the Sky, Once Upon a Starry Night, The Planet Gods, and Zodiac. .....
Tony Mitton writes wonderful poetry and is much in demand at schools and festivals to read and perform. After spending most of his childhood abroad with his soldier father, Tony studied English at Cambridge before becoming a primary school teacher. Inspired by his pupils he began writing poetry and has won awards for his collections. Tony Mitton lives in Cambridge with his wife and children and their cat. .....
The practice David Mlinaric started forty-five years ago in London now has thriving offices in Paris and New York. He has designed spaces in buildings the world over, among them London's National Gallery, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Spencer House, the Primary Galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Bath Assembly Rooms; embassies in Washington, Paris and Brussels; as well as houses for the Rothschild family, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, and myriad other private clients.
Rowena Mohr grew up in rural Queensland. While her brothers and sisters were out milking cows and driving tractors, Rowena stayed inside and read, or acted out her own stories in the bush surrounding the house. She successfully avoided becoming a writer for many years, working as an actor on TV shows such as 'Carson's Law' and 'Neighbours'. Eventually she went back to uni and began writing stories for children and young adults inspired by her own remembered experiences of how simultaneously awful and wonderful being a teenager really is. .....
Linda Moller is a member of Friends of the Earth, and has spent time as a hill farmer in Wales. She believes that a greener and better world is a realistic goal, and would enhance the lives of both humans and animals. She has written for the Observer and the Guardian. Her film, To Be a Horse, was shown at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is a politician, business consultant, policy adviser, writer, columnist, and inventor. He served as an advisor to Margaret Thatcher's policy unit in the 1980s and invented the Eternity puzzle at the end of the 1990s. He also announced a sequel to his original puzzle called Eternity II in 2007, and it is still unsolved.
Richard Monte is a children's book reviewer and former bookseller who has contributed articles on Poland to the BBC and other magazines. He is married to a Polish wife. He lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire. www.richardmonte.co.uk
Fiona Moodie was brought up near Cape Town where she still lives. In 1972 she came to Europe to teach English in Madrid. She has also spent time living in both Italy and France, where she spent much of her time illustrating children's books and painting.
Rick Moody's most recent book is The Four Fingers of Death. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Beata Moore is a writer and photographer. She has been passionate about photography since the age of twelve, when she received her first camera. Initially interested in recording nature – she has a postgraduate degree in botany – as time progressed she widened her interests, and now equally enjoys taking pictures of landscapes, architecture and general travel, shooting mainly in colour. Beata has written a number of fascinating books including Cracow: City of Treasures, A Year in the life of the New Forest and A Year in the Life of the Cotswolds. .....
Christopher Moore was born in Ilfracombe, Devon, and studied Modern Languages and Linguistics. He has worked as a journalist in London and Paris, taught in North Africa and the Middle East, written educational books for Heinemann and had three poetry anthologies published. He lives in Perth, Scotland.
Derry Moore is known internationally as a photographer of gardens, houses and people. His work regularly appears in magazines including Country Life, Vogue, World of Interiors and Architectural Digest.
GENEVIEVE MOORE lives in Victoria, Australia. She is a voiceover artist and actor and has been an improvisational performer, a radio announcer, Human Resources consultant and now soap-maker. She recently played a small part in the television series Neighbours. She was inspired to write Catherine's Story by her niece, who is profoundly and multiply learning disabled, as a celebration of her niece for Catherine's father and grandmother. .....
Honor Moore's collections of poems are Red Shoes, Darling, and Memoir. She edited Amy Lowell: Selected Poems for the Library of America and is author of The White Blackbird, a life of her grandmother, the painter Margarett Sargent.
James Moore is an internationally acclaimed Darwin scholar who works at the History of Science Department.
KATHERINE MOORE has worked as an administrator for the Irish Writersâ€™ Centre for seven years. She has worked on previous anthologies, including Out to Lunch and the Whoseday Book published in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
Frances Moore Lappé is a democracy advocate and world food and hunger expert who has authored or co-authored 16 books, including the bestseller, Diet for a Small Planet. Her most recent books include Hope's Edge and Getting a Grip: Clarity, Creativity, and Courage in a World Gone Mad.
Alberto Moravia (1907-1990), the child of a wealthy family, was raised at home because of illness. He published his first novel, The Time of Indifference, at the age of twenty-three. Banned from publishing under Mussolini, he emerged after World War II as one of the most admired and influential twentieth-century Italian writers.
ANGIE MORGAN trained in Graphic Design and Illustration at Goldsmith's College, London. She uses pastels and watercolour with collage, for her illustrations, working with scanned fabrics and textures. Her inspiration comes from her three children, now grown-up, and from the children at her local primary school, where she offers Maths and Literacy support. She lives in Bath.
Michaela Morgan has written over a hundred books for children. She has been shortlisted for the Children's Book Award, been an International Reading Association Children's Choice and won a United Kingdom Reading Association award.
Ros Moriarty, formerly a journalist with Radio Australia in Indigenous affairs, women's issues and the environment, has now spent most of her professional life as managing director of Australia's leading Indigenous design studio, Balarinji, a business she established with her husband, John Moriarty, in 1983. Listening to Country was her much-acclaimed first book.
Adam Mornement is a writer specializing in contemporary architecture and architectural history. He is a former deputy editor of World Architecture, and a regular contributor to the Times Magazine and Condé Nast Traveller, among other newspapers and magazines. His books include Corrugated Iron - Building on the Frontier (Frances Lincoln, 2007) and Treehouses (Frances Lincoln, 2005). He has also written Extensions (Laurence King, 2007) and Infill: New Houses for Urban Sites (Laurence King, 2009).
Edward Mornin is Professor Emeritus of Germanic Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Lorna Mornin is a former scientist at the University of British Columbia, and a photographer.
Michael Morpurgo is a distinguished author of more than 40 books for children. He studied philosophy and modern languages before becoming a teacher, farmer and writer. With his wife Clare, he is co-founder of the educational charity Farms for City Children. Many of his books have been shortlisted for the major book prizes, including the Carnegie Medal (The Wreck of the Zanzibar) and the Smarties Prize (My Friend Walter). .....
Jackie Morris lives in Pembrokeshire, Wales, with children, dogs and cats. Ever since leaving college, Bath Academy of Art, at least one cat has watched over her while she works. Big cats and small are a passion in her life, and it was while reading and watching her cat Pixie sleeping in winter that the idea for I am Cat came about. Among her many books for Frances Lincoln are The Ice Bear, The Snow Leopard, Tell me a Dragon, and How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes. .....
Born in Liverpool, Stephen Morris has lived and worked in Spain, Kuwait and Oman and now lives in Wimbledon and the Cotswolds. As a commercial photographer he has worked for Apple Music, Paul McCartney and numerous magazines, companies, colleges and charities. He is a feature writer for travel and arts magazines. This is his ninth book since 2001 and his first for Frances Lincoln.
John Morrison specializes in photographs of the north of England. He has published more than forty books as a photographer, author or both.
Toni Morrison, Robert F. Goheen Professor at Princeton, is the author of seven novels. She received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1993. (August 2001)
Anna Moschovakis is a poet and translator living in Brooklyn.
BRIAN MOSES has been a professional poet since 1988. He spends half his time writing and the rest of the time he visits schools across the UK and Europe, performing his poetry and percussion show. His poetry books include Behind the Staffroom Door: The Very Best of Brian Moses and A Cat Called Elvis. His solo collections and anthologies have sold over 1 million copies and he is featured on the National Poetry Archive. .....
CHERYL MOSKOWITZ is a performance poet, previously an actor and playwright, who regularly visits schools, performing her work and giving workshops. In 2011 she was awarded 2nd prize in the Hippocrates Award for Poetry and Medicine, and her adult novel, Wyoming Trail, is published by Granta. Can it be about Me? is her first published book of poetry for children. She lives in north London.
Sue Moss is a poet, performer and reviewer. Precious Little is her first children's book. Both live in southern Tasmania.
Shushann Movsessian has been running groups on puberty for girls for the last thirteen years at the Royal Women's Hospital in Sydney. Her work has developed out of her passion for representing menstruation as a normal, healthy and creative process of girls growing up. Shushann works as a psychotherapist and also has extensive local and international experience in counselling, group facilitation and training.
Jean Oda Moy is the American-born daughter of Japanese immigrants who has worked as a clinical social worker, a teacher and a translator of Japanese literature into English. Her latest book is a memoir, Snow on Willow. She lives in Northern California.
Henrik Sten Møller is an architecture critic.
Agnieszka Mrowczynska was born and brought up in Warsaw, and read English Language and Literature at Warsaw University. She now lives in England where she works as a translator and interpreter, but often goes back to visit her family in Poland.
Sarah Mucha is an art historian, married to the grandson of Alphonse Mucha; she lives in London. She is a trustee of the Mucha Foundation and works to set up exhibitions of the artist's work worldwide.
Author Ross Mueller is a writer, performer, musician and teacher. He has travelled to schools throughout Victoria, Australia, with the Living Poets Society, bringing writing to life in performance and song. His work has been produced by prestigious theatres across Australia and has been adapted for ABC Radio Drama. Mueller's plays have been nominated for numerous awards and Steel & Rust was awarded Best Music Theatre at the 1997 Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. She settled in New York in 1974 where she began her career as a writer in French. She was awarded the Goncourt Prize in 1996 for her biography of Custine, and has twice received the History Prize of the French Academy.
BRENDAN MURPHY began work as a press photographer in 1974 having previously been a barman and publican in the Falls Road area of west Belfast. In a newspaper career spanning four decades he has won all the major awards in Northern Irish press photography. Brendanâ€™s work has appeared in most of the major Irish newspapers as well as many of the London-based tabloids and broadsheets and several European magazines and newspapers. .....
COLIN MURPHY has a great interest in all aspects of history and has written a light-hearted look at Ireland's past, entitled The Feckin' Book of Irish History. With Donal O'Dea, he is the author of the bestselling Feckin' series, published by The O'Brien Press. For twelve years, he was the Creative Director of one of Ireland's leading advertising agencies, during which time he was involved in a huge number of national and international award-winning advertising campaigns.
Frank Murphy is a retired school principal, living in Cork. His teaching career, which began in Dublin, took him also to north Wexford, and eventually to Cork city.
He has written stories, non-fiction pieces and poetry in Irish and English. Most of his work has appeared in school books in Ireland and the UK, with some stories also included in anthologies of children's fiction on both sides of the Atlantic.
Lynda Murphy lives in York with her husband, daughter and Jack Russell terrier – a match for any of the canine heroines in works of great literature. She enjoys lingering over texts not looking for quotations and buying brand new copies of fiction from big, brightly lit air-conditioned bookshops.
Craig Murray has been delivering sexual health information for the last ten years via health promotion, community and professional education. For two years before that he was a peer educator and youth consultant with Family Planning South Australia.
John R Murray was, until 2002, a publisher. He has compiled and edited two slim volumes: A Gentleman Publisher¹s Commonplace Book and Old Chestnuts Warmed Up (his own personal collection of poetry, verse and doggerel) and is the author of London Above Eye Level. He has swum the Bosphorus from Europe to Asia, climbed Mount Parnassus by night and has walked from London to Oxford in the footsteps of John Buchan. .....
Kirsty Murray is the author of Zarconi's Magic Flying Fish (winner of the WA Premier's Children's Book Award, 2001), in addition to the first three books in the Children of the Wind series. She has also written several non-fiction books for children. She has worked as a forest ranger, archivist, artist and teacher, and now is a full-time writer.
Martine Murray was born in Melbourne and she still lives there, though she once went to Australia, where she saw a lot of squirrels, one raccoon and not a single moose. Martine studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts. Afterwards, she joined a circus, studied yoga, wrote odd things and did a Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance. Now she teaches yoga, makes dance theatre and writes stories.
Bruce Mutard has been producing graphic novels and comics for 15 years. He published Street Smell in the 1990s and his work has also appeared in the Small Press Expo volumes of 1999, 2002 and 2004, DEE VEE and numerous other magazines and zines. His first graphic novel, The Bunker, was published in the US by Image Comics in 2003. The Sacrifice is Book 1 in The Robert Wells Trilogy.