Sophie Lévy Burton is a sculptor and painter living in Wiltshire. She is the founder and editor of MONK. An organic gardener she lives on ancient chalk soil on a sub-current of the St Michael Ley, next to an old medieval church with echoes of the forgotten long barrow on which it rudely stands. She plants trees for peace of mind, rolls with the seasons and remembers some of her past lives. She read theology at Cambridge.
Catherine Coldstream is a writer affiliated to London Goldsmiths, where she is currently working on a PhD. She has taught theology, spent 12 years as a nun in a contemplative order, and worked for Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. Catherine studied composition in Paris, theology at Oxford, and Creative Non-fiction at UEA. She now juggles essay, poetry, and memoir writing with playing the viola.
A.R. Thompson is a British writer, tutor and poetry curator; raised in France and the U.K, now living and writing in Oxford. Thompson teaches online courses for The Oxford School of Poetry, on subjects as varied as American Romanticism, and the relationship between movement and memory in Proust. He is about to begin an MSt in Creative Writing at Oxford University.
Andreas Smith lives and works as a freelance editor in County Durham in the north of England. His articles and stories have been published in The Guardian, The Times and Storgy Magazine. Andreas has written several novels and is represented by David Grossman Literary Agency in London. His latest novel was inspired by and finishes in India, a country he frequently visits to write for months at a time, usually in the corner of a café while looking out on to the life of the streets outside. A graduate in mathematics and also in philosophy, he was awarded the C.E.M. Joad prize for philosophy in 1998.
Rory Spowers is Creative Director of the Tyringham Initiative, a world-class think-tank for consciousness studies. He is a writer, filmmaker and ecological campaigner and his books include Three Men on a Bike, A Year in Green Tea and Tuk Tuks and Rising Tides. In 2017 Rory worked on Bruce Parry’s feature length documentary Tawai. He is the co-editor of DMT Dialogues: Encounters with the Spirit Molecule, 2018 Simon and Schuster.
Himanshu Vyas is chief photographer and columnist with the Hindustan Times, Jaipur, India. His photographs have won numerous awards including WAN IFRA China and at UNEP South Korea; he has exhibited his photographs and art works in India, Karachi and Adelaide. He teaches photography as visual literature and his chapters on photojournalism are taught at Masters degree courses. His haiku was awarded at ‘Autumn 2015 Haiku Contest’ of The Japan Information and Culture Centre (JICC) and the Japan-America Society of Washington. He makes documentaries, abstract poetry films and does Sound Design for plays.
Richard Martin read English at St John’s College, Cambridge. He is devoted to early modern drama and poetry and spends long summers re-reading Proust. His short stories happily function as homages to the Edwardian ghost story but his poetry is always original. He works a lot in collage due to his interest in accident and order, serendipity and design… and an inability to draw. He has a life-long interest in the occult and would identify himself, if pressed or for the purposes of a census, as a Thelemite. He is a Francophile, felinophile, bibliophile, oenophile, a passionate lover of psychedelia, ‘Krautrock’ and African funk.
MacGillivray writes from the site of the dream poem, placing a great emphasis on visionary tracts that are situated in the various languages and folkloric images embedded deep within Scottish Gaelic culture. As such, these works are tracks back into a landscape for her which remains lost and always remains tantalising site for excavation.
Jacob Willer studied Fine Art at Oxford and is now a London based painter and art critic. He writes about art for The Spectator, Standpoint Magazine and his book ‘What Happened to the Arts Schools?’ is published by Politeia and available from their website. He is particularly concerned with how the history of art, and the tradition of art, could be made more relevant. He is currently writing a book on how to understand and enjoy painting in the European tradition.
James Burnett lives in Dorset and Thailand. He studied Astrophysics at university where he became interested in celestial photography. He taught A level photography at an independent sixth form college in London and has exhibited his work at galleries in London and Bangkok. He is the author of the student guide “Getting into Art and Design Courses” and organises portfolio preparation seminars for students in South East Asia who wish to study art and design at UK art schools.
David Somerville was born in Wiltshire in 1962 and studied at Salisbury School of Art 1978-80; Bath Academy of Art 1980-83; Chelsea School of Art 1984-85. He has exhibited in galleries and museums in the UK, USA and Europe including an Arts Council touring exhibition shown at such venues as Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle; a Royal Overseas League exhibition in London and Edinburgh; group shows at Blains Fine Art Gallery London; Robert Sandelson Gallery London; and Galerie Enrico Navarra Paris. His solo exhibitions include a show with the British Council in Barcelona; Broadbent Gallery London; Wooster Projects New York; and George Billis Gallery Los Angeles.
A short film biography of David and his work was shown at the Tate Gallery, and his own films have been shown at various venues including Soho House London.
Corinna Ferros is a writer and teacher in north London. Her book ‘Eighteen’ – conversations with eighteen-year-olds – is published by Whyte Tracks in Spring 2019. She studied social and political sciences at Cambridge, European Studies at the LSE and documentary film-making at the Zelig in Bolzano, Italy. A former research assistant for Theodore Zeldin in Oxford, she is now working on an interview-based book ‘Transcendence and other Transgressions’. She lives in London with her husband, three choral singing children and her bedside cabinet. She enjoys listening to sacred music, outdoor swimming and train travel in her spare time.
Paul Deaton was born in London and raised in Wales. His Seren collection A Watchful Astronomy was a Poetry Book Society Winter Recommended Book 2017, a Jen Campbell read of 2017 and a National Poetry Book Group selected title (October 2018). Work is included in the Forward Prize Anthology 2019. Following the creative path for me and writing, allows me to be both in touch with people as well as the wider universe, it’s a very felt-sense integral higher thing; avoiding the creative purpose, as I did for many years was a form of self-alienation. Not a place I wish to return to. Twitter @pauldeaton28
Anna Zaranko is a freelance translator and editor living in the North of England. Apart from The Way of the Pilgrim, from Russian, her translations from Polish include: The Memoir of an Antihero by Kornel Filipowicz (forthcoming from Penguin Books), the photo-album Portrait of the Province by Jacenty and Katarzyna Dędek, and several short stories by the poet Julia Fiedorczuk. She is currently hunting for a publisher for a life of the female Argentine Surrealist painter: Leonor Gatti.
Sophie James is a writer and journalist whose articles and fiction and have appeared in Alan Ross’s London Magazine, the Independent, Independent on Sunday and the Times. Along with Cornelius Mattey and Paul Wilkinson she founded the London based arts event, The Tulip Salon. She has lived in India, a place she returns to often, to refill and replenish her mind, body and soul. She currently lives in Lambourn with her son, pussycat and husband.