Alison Pressley: Co-Chair
A former book editor and publisher for companies such as Allison & Busby, Quartet, Reader's Digest, HarperCollins and Hachette, Alison has written four non-fiction books on popular social history including The Best of Times and Changing Times, now published in one volume as The 50s and 60s. She was also editor of the Australian magazine Good Reading until her return to England in 2009.
Charles Christian: Treasurer and Membership Secretary
Charles Christian is a former practising barrister turned independent journalist and commentator. He was a Reuters correspondent and the 1994 winner of the UK National Newspapers Technology Journalist of the Year Award. He is the publisher of the industry newsletter Legal Technology Insider and of the poetry & prose webzine Ink Sweat & Tears.
Born in London, Ann Thwaite spent the war years in New Zealand. For many years she wrote and reviewed children’s books, and has since written Waiting for the Party, a life of Frances Hodgson Burnett; Edmund Gosse (winner of the Duff Cooper Award, 1985); A. A. Milne (Whitbread Biography of the Year in 1990); and Emily Tennyson: The Poet's Wife.
Victoria Manthorpe: Co-Chair
Victoria Manthorpe is a feature writer, biographer and author covering Victorian, Edwardian and Georgian subjects with a special interest in Norfolk history and English regional writing. She studied History at the University of Toronto and Biography at the University of East Anglia where she was awarded an MA with Distinction in 2004. Her biography of Lilias Rider Haggard will be published in 2015.
Amanda Hopkinson has written about a dozen non-fiction works, mainly on popular culture in Latin America and photographic bios/monographs (Julia Margaret Cameron; Manuel Alvarez Bravo; Martin Chambi; Gerti Deutsch). She has also translated some two dozen novels/memoirs/poetry collections from the Spanish, Portuguese and French. From 2004-10 she was Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia and is now Visiting Professor at both Manchester University and City University, London. In 2003 she co-founded the Writers in Translation Committee for English PEN on which she remains a Board member.