Lev Parikian is a conductor, writer and hopeless birdwatcher. His first book, Waving, Not Drowning, was published in 2013. His numerous conducting credits include the re-recording of the theme tune for Hancock’s Half Hour for Radio 4. As a birdwatcher, his most prized sightings are a golden oriole in the Alpujarras and a black redstart at Dungeness Power Station. Lev’s new book, Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear?, is published on May 17th with Unbound.
Olivia Hope is a children’s writer from the South West of Ireland. A former international athlete as a record-breaking hammer thrower, she now (regretfully) has to run to maintain her cheese habit. Her first picturebook Be Wild, Little One will be published by Bloomsbury in 2019.
Stuart is an amateur astronomer and science writer living in Kendal, in the Lake District. He writes a popular weekly stargazing column - "Skywatch" - for his local newspaper, The Westmorland Gazette, and also several monthly columns for the popular monthly "All About Space" magazine.
He is a published author, and his tenth book will be published next year. He is an astronomy consultant and editor for Usborne Publishing Ltd, and has worked on well over a dozen science titles for them, including, recently, The Astronaut’s Handbook co-written by British astronaut Tim Peake.
Margrét Helgadóttir is a Norwegian-Icelandic writer and editor living in Oslo, Norway. Her stories have appeared in a number of both magazines and print anthologies such as Gone Lawn, Luna Station Quarterly, Tales of Fox and Fae and Girl at the End of the World. Her debut book The Stars Seem So Far Away was published by award-winning Fox Spirit Books in 2015 and shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016. Margrét is editor of the coffee table book series Fox Spirit Books of Monsters, seven volumes published 2014-2020, and the anthology Winter Tales (2016). She is also a charter member of the African Speculative Fiction Society. Read more at http://margrethelgadottir.wordpress.com
Katie is the Red Eye Series Editor and Commissioning Editor at Stripes Publishing.