Tim Atkinson has worked in education for more than 20 years. He was assistant headteacher at Boston Grammar School until July 2009 and is now a full-time author and educational consultant.In addition to his contribution to the Discover Countries series Tim has written books on the subject of Fatherhood and Creative Writing and is the author of the acclaimed novel, Writing Therapy.
Joe Archer works at Kew Gardens as Head Horticulturalist in the kitchen garden. He appeared in the 'Kew on a Plate' television programme with Raymond Blanc.
Bea Appleby is the former editor of Girl Talk magazine, and the current editor of The Female Lead.
Matt Anniss has edited and written for some of the most prestigious DJ magazines out there, including Mixmag and IDJ. He also DJs regularly in clubs around the world and has even released his own singles.
Georgia Amson-Bradshaw is a children's writer and editor who lives in Brighton, East Sussex. She has worked on a number of high-profile and award-winning science books for kids, including the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner Eye Benders, and the London Science Museum activity book This Book Thinks You're a Scientist. She remembers the eye-opening and inspiring effect her favourite books had on her as a child, and so takes her responsibility to pass that interest and excitement on very seriously!
Joan Aiken (4 September 1924 - 4 January 2004) is the author of over a hundred books for adults and children, many of them classics. She worked on the magazine, Argosy, and wrote hundreds of short stories before her first novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was published in the early '60s. It was highly praised in Time magazine and its success allowed Joan to write full-time thereafter. She has said, "I would never want to do anything but write stories. It is inventing your own world, using all the bits of the real one that you like best. And that is something you can do anywhere, at any time."
Dr Hakim Adi is Reader in the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester.
Julia Adams is an author and editor of children's books. She has an MA in Children's Literature.
Ian Adams is an experienced drumming teacher. He has also toured with bands throughout Europe, and regularly plays in studio recording sessions for a number of groups.