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Emma Simon

Emma Simon is an award-winning consumer journalist with 18 years’ experience of writing about money, property, travel and business. She writes for a number of national newspapers, including the Sunday Times, the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday. You can follow Emma’s musing on poetry and finance on Twitter—@SimpleSimonEmma.

Litbits & Money

Laurence Scott

Laurence Scott is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing, and is the author of the award-winning The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World (2015). His essays and criticism have appeared in the Guardian, the Financial Times and the London Review of Books, among other publications. In 2011 he was named a ‘New Generation Thinker’ by the Arts and Humanities Council and the BBC. In 2014 he won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize. He lives in London.

Literature & Connection

Gill Partington

Gill Partington is an academic and writer working in the field of modern and contemporary literature and culture, with a particular focus on the materialities and technologies of writing. She’s written for—among other places—Radical Philosophy and the London Review of Books, is completing a book on internet conspiracy theories.

Literature & Destruction

Lynn Shepherd

Lynn Shepherd is the author of (among other titles) Murder at Mansfield Park, The Solitary House, and—just out—A Treacherous Likeness (A Fatal Likeness in the US). You can read more about Lynn here.

Literature and portraits

Christina Michalos

Christina is a barrister at 5rb chambers. She a leading specialist in copyright, trade mark, intellectual property and privacy, especially in terms of the internet and social networking sites. She is the author of The Law of Photography and Digital Images (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004).

Literature and Law

Dennis Duncan

Dennis Duncan is a Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck, University of London. He’s currently writing a book about indexes. It’s not clear whether this book will itself has an index.

Literature & Translation

Liane Strauss

Liane Strauss is the author of Leaving Eden (Salt Publishing, 2010) and Frankie, Alfredo, (Donut Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals in the US and the UK, including The Hudson Review, The Georgia Review, Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner and Magma. She teaches literature and creative writing at Birkbeck College, The Poetry School and The City Literary Institute.

You can read more about Liane here.

Literature and Error

Hallie Rubenhold

Hallie Rubenhold is a novelist and historian. She is the author of The Covent Garden Ladies: Pimp General Jack and the extraordinary story of Harris’ List (2005), which was adapted for TV on BBC4; Lady Worsley’s Whim; An Eighteenth Century Tale of Sex, Scandal and Divorce (2008); and Mistress of My Fate; The Confessions of Henrietta Lightfoot (2011). For more of Hallie, point your little cursor here.

Alex von Tunzelmann

Alex von Tunzelmann is the author of Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire (2007), and Red Heat. Conspiracy, Murder, and the Cold War in the Caribbean (2011). She writes the ‘Reel History’ column for The Guardian, on popular films and historical accuracy. For Alex’s website, click here.

Literature & Hair

Litbits at the Oscars

Dinah Roe

Dinah Roe teaches nineteenth-century literature at Oxford Brookes University. She is the author of The Rossettis In Wonderland: A Victorian Family History (2011) and Christina Rossetti’s Faithful Imagination . She has edited two Penguin Classics: Christina Rossetti: Selected Poems and The Pre-Raphaelites: From Rossetti to Ruskin. For more of Dinah, and to read her blog Pre-Raphaelites in the City, click here.

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Paul Myerscough

Paul Myerscough is a Senior Editor at the London Review of Books.

Steve Rose

Steve Rose writes about film and architecture for the Guardian. He is also the co-author of Eye: The Story Behind the London Eye .

To read some of Steve’s Guardian articles, go here.

Polly Russell

Polly Russell is a Curator at the British Library, and co-author of the celebrated The Kitchen Revolution: A Year of Time-and-money-saving Recipes. Polly is also a chef, and has cooked under Joyce Molyneux and at London’s renowned Moro.

Lit Bits on Food

Joe Brooker

Joe Brooker teaches English literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he works on modern and contemporary literature and culture. He has written on the work of James Joyce and Flann O’Brien, and his latest book is Literature of the 1980s: After the Watershed (Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

Lit Bits on Football

Literature and Impersonation

James Kidd

James Kidd is a journalist and writer based in London and Oxford. He has written about literary matters for The Independent on Sunday, South China Morning Post, The Observer, Time Out, Asia Literary Review, The Daily Telegraph and the Literary Review. He wrote the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of Patricia Cornwell’s debut novel Postmortem. His profile of Mark Billingham will be published in Billingham’s forthcoming novel, The Dying Hours. When Kidd is not podding or writing, he does some charitable work for the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association.

Heavy Light

Guiness book

Ploughman’s lunch

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Adam Smyth

Adam Smyth (left) is Professor of English Literature and the History of the Book at Balliol College, Oxford University, where he specialises in Renaissance writing and culture. His new book, out in early 2018, is Material Texts in Early Modern England. He writes for the London Review of Books, and is known also for his loping gait.

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