Author of Berkmann’s Pop Miscellany and Berkmann’s Cricketing Miscellany, is a regular contributor to Private Eye, the Oldie and the Daily Mail (where he reviews books). He wrote a pop column for The Spectator for 28 years before finally running out of ideas and retiring in 2014. He has written columns for the Independent magazine, TV reviews for the Daily Mail and sports columns for Punch, the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Express. He also writes and produces fiendish quizzes, and is a regular on BBC Radio 4’s Round Britain Quiz.
Ifan Morgan Jones
Ifan Morgan Jones yw arweinydd y cwrs Newyddiaduraeth ym Mhrifysgol Bangor. Enillodd wobr Llyfr y Flwyddyn a Gwobr Barn y Bobol 2020 am ei nofel Babel, Gwobr Goffa Daniel Owen yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Caerdydd 2008 am ei nofel Igam Ogam, a chafodd ei nofelau eraill, Yr Argraff Gyntaf (2010) a Dadeni (2017), ganmoliaeth uchel. Bu’n olygydd ar wefannau newyddion Nation. Cymru a Golwg360. Mae’n byw gyda Llinos a’u plant Mari, Magw, Jano a Radi yng Nghroeslan ger Llandysul.
Ifan Morgan Jones runs the journalism course at Bangor University. He won Book of the Year and the People’s Choice prizes in 2020 for his novel Babel, the Daniel Owen Prize at the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff in 2008 for Igam Ogam and his other novels have been great critical successes. He has edited the news websites Nation.Cymru and Golwg 360. He lives near Llandysul with his wife and four children.
Hope Adams is the pseudonym of Adèle Geras who has published more than 100 books for readers of all ages. She’s written six adult novels under her own name and has adopted her pseudonym for a different kind of book, based on real historical events and characters, including 2021’s Dangerous Women. Born in Jerusalem in 1944 and educated at Roedean School and St Hilda’s College, Oxford, she lives in Great Shelford, just outside Cambridge and plays for The North in BBC 4’s Round Britain Quiz, having lived in Manchester for 43 years. Her hobbies are reading, knitting and watching far too much TV.
Lissa Evans has written six novels, including Their Finest Hour and a Half (which was filmed as Their Finest), and a loose trilogy which comprises the bestselling Old Baggage, Crooked Heart (longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize) and V for Victory. Two of her books for children, Small Change for Stuart and Wed Wabbit, were shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Lissa has a background in radio and TV comedy production; her programmes included Room 101 and Father Ted.
Alix Nathan was born in London and educated there and at York University. She has lived in Norwich, Munich, Philadelphia, Birkenhead and now in the Welsh Marches where, with her husband, she owns some ancient woodland. She has published three children’s books and written about Christina Rossetti and the 18th century writer and notorious beauty, Mary Robinson. Since 2006, she has written historical and contemporary fiction, her short stories appearing in Ambit, London Magazine, New Welsh Review and read on Radio 4. Her collection of short fiction, His Last Fire, was published 2014, followed by two novels: The Flight of Sarah Battle in 2015, and The Warlow Experiment in 2019.