Polly Clark was born in Toronto and lives in Helensburgh on Scotland's west coast, a few streets away from where W.H. Auden wrote 'The Orators'. Auden's struggle as he conceived this electrifying and genre-busting work was an inspiration for her debut novel Larchfield. As Literature Programmer for Cove Park she brings writers from all over the world to take part in Scotland's International Artist Residency. Her three poetry collections have between them won the Eric Gregory Award, been shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and twice been selected as one of the Poetry Book Society's books of the year.
Dr Stuart Clark is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Sun Kings: The Unexpected Tragedy of Richard Carrington and the Tale of How Modern Astronomy Began. A former editor of the United Kingdom's best-selling astronomy magazine, Astronomy Now, and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, he currently writes for the European Space Agency and is a regular contributor to such magazines as New Scientist and BBC Focus. Dr Clark's previous books also include Journey to the Stars and Universe in Focus: The Story of the Hubble Telescope
Cat was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She's written non-fiction books about exciting things like cowboys, sharks and pirates, and now writes YA novels. She lives in South London with a couple of cats, Jem and Scout, who spend their days plotting to spit up furballs at the most inconvenient times.
WENSLEY CLARKSON is one of Britain's most knowledgeable writers when it comes to the criminal underworld. His books - published in more than thirty countries - have sold almost two million copies. He has also written movie screenplays and made numerous TV documentaries in the UK, US and Spain.
Philippe Claudel is a university lecturer, novelist, film director and scriptwriter. He has written 14 novels that have been translated into various languages. He was born in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe in 1962 where he still lives. In 2009 his film I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime), which draws upon Claudel's eleven years teaching in prisons, won the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language film. Among his novels, Grey Souls won the Prix Renaudot in France, the American Gumshoe Award and the Swedish Martin Beck award. Brodeck's Report won the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.
Anthony Clavane was born in Leeds in 1960. He started life as a history teacher and is now chief sports writer for the Sunday Mirror. He has won Press Gazette Feature Writer of the Year and BT Regional Sportswriter of the Year awards. His previous book Promised Land: A Northern Love Story was named both Football Book of the Year and Sports Book of the Year by the National Sporting Club, Sports Book of the Year by The Radio 2 Book Club, and won the award for Football Book of the Year at the 2011 British Sports Book Awards.
Mathew Clayton is a writer and editor. He has worked for the Guardian, Channel 4 and Random House. He runs a literary tent at the Glastonbury Festival called the Free University of Glastonbury.
Abby Clements worked in book publishing before writing this, her first novel. Her Christmas baking skills are upper-intermediate. Her countryside-survival skills are basic to none. She lives with her boyfriend in North London.
Singer, comedian, actress, writer and broadcaster, Jackie Clune, 39, lives in East London with her partner Richard, their daughter Saoirse, and their nine-month-old triplets, Thady, Frank and Orla - who play a starring role in Extreme Motherhood: The Triplet Diaries. Jackie is currently touring in the hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia.
Tammy Cohen has worked as a freelance journalist on numerous newspapers and magazines specialising in human interest stories, relationship and parenting features. Author of the bestselling Deadly Divorces, The Day I Died and Amazing Gap Year Adventures, she currently writes for Cosmopolitan and Woman and Home.
Henry Cole is on television most days of the year as the presenter of shows like Find It, Fix It, Flog It!, Shed and Buried, The World's Greatest Motorcycle Rides and The Motorbike Show.
Karen Cole grew up in the Cotswolds and got a degree in psychology at Newcastle University. She spent several years teaching English around the world before settling in Cyprus with her husband and two sons, where she works at a British army base as a primary school teacher. She recently completed the Curtis Brown writing course where she found her love of writing psychological thrillers.Deliver Me is her debut novel.
Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne-based writer and journalist. She began her career as the sole reporter for the Victorian Fruit and Vegetable Marketplace News, and has since worked in cities from Sydney to Darwin for publications including the Age, Sydney Morning Herald and Time magazine.
Natalie Coleman won BBC One's MasterChef 2013, proving to 6.5 million viewers that 'the girl from Hackney done good' with her trademark down-to-earth food. Now, the former accountant and techno DJ has ditched the 9 to 5, hung up the headphones and entered the world of cooking full-time. In the wake of her win, Natalie has worked in the kitchens of Le Gavroche (with Michel Roux Jr), Viajante (with Nuno Mendes), St. John (with Fergus Henderson) and The Hand & Flowers (with Tom Kerridge). Natalie has appeared live on Channel 4's What's Cooking?, Radio 4's Midweek with Libby Purves, and Steve Wright in the Afternoon on Radio 2, and has given cooking demos to huge audiences at the Good Food Shows in Birmingham, Glasgow and London.
Colette Coleman has been riding bikes for 25 years over four continents and considers it the best form of transport on which to explore the globe. In 1995 Colette and her husband spent two years motorcycling overland from England to Australia, covering 15 countries and 40,000 kilometres. In 2007 she wrote Great Motorcycle Journeys of the World (New Holland), an inspirational guide to riding motorcycles around the globe. Colette has written articles for Summit hotels and resorts magazine, the Telegraph, Motorcycle Rider (BMF magazine), MCN and Honda Dream magazine.
Julia Collins has a PhD in 4-dimensional Knot Theory from the University of Edinburgh, where she spent five years as the Mathematics Engagement Officer, with a remit to lecture and spread an appreciation of mathematics. She is now Outreach Officer at the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. Julia's writing has been published in Nature and in Princeton University Press' anthology The Best Writing on Mathematics. She is a winner of the How to Talk Maths in Public competition, has been nominated for the London Mathematical Society's Anne Bennett prize, and organised the world's first Maths Craft Festival.
Sophie Collins is a writer and editor specializing in dog behaviour. Some of her previous titles have included Tail Talk: The Secret Language of Dogs and Why Does My Dog Do That? She currently lives in the south of England.
David Conn is an award-winning author, journalist and broadcaster, widely regarded as the foremost investigative writer in football. He writes for the Guardian and was the 2010 Sports News Reporter of the Year. He has three times been named Football Writer of the Year by the Football Supporters' Federation for his investigative work.
Ray Connolly has written movies, including That'll Be the Day and Stardust, television series and documentaries, radio plays, several novels and much journalism. Currently he is adapting his novel Shadows On A Wall for Hollywood. He lives in London.
Billy Connolly is a world-renowned, award-winning comedian, musician, presenter, author and actor.