Lisa Jardine CBE is Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College, London, where she is Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities and Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. Lisa writes and reviews for all the major UK national newspapers and magazines and for the Washington Post, and has presented and appears regularly on arts, history and current affairs programmes for TV and radio. She judged the 1996 Whitbread Prize, the 1999 Guardian First Book Award, the 2000 Orwell Prize and was Chair of Judges for the 1997 Orange Prize and the 2002 Man Booker Prize.
Dylan Jones is the multi-award winning editor of GQ magazine.He has been an editor at i-D magazine, The Face, Arena, the Observer and the Sunday Times. He writes for the Mail on Sunday, is a Vice President of the Hay Festival and a board member of the Norman Mailer Foundation. He has written eleven books including the critically aclaimed When Ziggy Played Guitar and From the Ground Up, U2's celebration of their record-breaking 360° tour.
ALED JONES - singer, actor, author, radio, TV presenter and part-time dancer - loved by the nation originally for his pure treble voice. Aled has just celebrated over twenty-six years as a household name and his career goes from strength to strength. Aled has been a regular on Songs of Praise for over ten years and is also the youngest presenter to appear on the show. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music and Bristol's Old Vic Theatre School, Aled played Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat. In 2008 he performed as Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Welsh Millennium Centre and played the lead role in Irving Berlin's White Christmas in Plymouth and Manchester. Aled has his own radio show on BBC Radio 2 on Sunday mornings from 6-9 a.m. called Aled Jones says Good Morning Sunday. He also presents BBC Radio 3's The Choir and has his own chat show on BBC Radio Wales. Aled currently has twenty-seven albums to his name - selling over 6 million to date. Aled's next album Aled's Christmas Gift will be released in November 2010 followed by a twenty-one-date UK tour. He has also been busy filming Escape to the Country and Cash in the Attic for the BBC - as well as performing and presenting at one-off shows around the UK and during a recent tour of Australia. Aled Jones' Favourite Christmas Carols is a follow-up to Aled Jones' Forty Favourite Hymns, published in 2009. Aled's official website is: www.aledjones.com.
Ben Kane was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin but after that travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. Now he lives in North Somerset, where he researches, writes and practises as a small animal vet. He is author of The Forgotten Legion and The Silver Eagle and is currently working on the third novel in the series. For more information please visit www.benkane.net
Paul Kenyon is an award-winning journalist who has worked for almost twenty years across BBC News and Current Affairs. In 2005 he was the first reporter to film Iran's secret nuclear sites, making an hour-long documentary which was shown around the world. For four years Paul had his own series on BBC One, Kenyon Confronts which used secret filming to expose corruption in areas as diverse as horse-racing, the Catholic Church and immigration. At its peak it was the most watched current affairs programme on the BBC. Paul currently works on Panorama and he became friends with Justice Amin while researching a two-part story on African migrants for the programme in 2007.