Barbara Scully discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.
Barbara Scully is a freelance writer, columnist and broadcaster – her fifth career to date. She is frequently published in the national press and is a familiar voice on the airwaves – both on TV and radio. Her writing appears most often in the Irish Independent, but she has been published in all the national newspapers and most Irish magazines.
Barbara has a weekly slot on the Moncrieff Show on Newstalk, an independent national radio station in Ireland and is a regular contributor across various stations both on TV and radio, including RTE. She presents a weekly webcast called How To Stay Sane In A Pandemic which is broadcast live every Wed at 4:15pm on Twitter (@barbarascully) and is posted afterwards on her website www.barbarascully.com.
An experienced public speaker, Barbara is married to photographer Paul Sherwood, they have three daughters, two grandchildren, four cats and a family of foxes at the bottom of their suburban garden.
Jim Al-Khalili discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.
Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS is a theoretical physicist at the University of Surrey where he holds a Distinguished Chair in physics as well as a university chair in the public engagement in science. He received his PhD in nuclear reaction theory in 1989 and has published widely in the field. His current interest is in open quantum systems and the application of quantum mechanics in biology.
Jim is a past president of the British Science Association and a recipient of the Royal Society Michael Faraday medal and the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal, the Institute of Physics Kelvin Medal and the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication. He received an OBE in 2007 for ‘services to science’.
Alex Christofi discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.
Alex Christofi is Editorial Director at Transworld Publishers and the author of the novels Let Us Be True and Glass, winner of the Betty Trask Prize for fiction. He has written for numerous publications including the Guardian, the London Magazine and The White Review. Dostoevsky in Love is his first work of non-fiction.
Anjuna Mutanda discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.
Anjula is a highly respected relationship and clinical therapist, mental health expert, psychologist, presenter, author, social scientist, and media consultant.
Most recently, Anjula presented Sextape, a major four-part relationship series on Channel 4. Anjula was the behavioural expert on season 2 of Make or Break (My5 April 2019). She was the resident psychologist on 50 Ways to Kill your Lover. She makes regular guest appearances on programmes such as Good Morning Britain, Lorraine, BBC Breakfast, and The Alan Titchmarsh Show. She was the resident psychologist on ITV’s This Morning for five years.
Her first self-help book Celebrity Life Laundry was published by John Blake Publishing in 2007 and her second self-help book How to do Relationships was published by Vermillion in 2013 which she wrote for RELATE, the number 1 relationship charity.
She is Vice President for RELATE, and has worked alongside Ruby Wax and Prof Tanya Byron to represent the brand. She is also the Media and Diversity ambassador for The National Counselling Society.
She is a senior practitioner and holds the status of MBACP. She is registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the NCS where she is a Fellow.
Her crime novels Bitter Fruits and The Taken are published by Penguin Random House. The Taken was also shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards for Best Police Procedural.
Alice’s short fiction has been published in numerous works. She is the founder of the Singapore Writers’ Group. Alice conducts regular writing workshops and teaches creative and non-fiction writing at La Salle College of the Arts. She teaches a regular online novel writing course Telling Yourself the Story.
Her new novel, Fire Mountain, will be published by Bloomsbury in 2022.
Eleanor Fitzsimons discusses with Ivan six things which she thinks should be better known.
Eleanor Fitzsimons is a writer and researcher who lives in Dublin. She is the author of Wilde’s Women (Duckworth, 2015), which won the silver medal in the Biography category of the 2018 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards. She is an honorary patron of the Oscar Wilde Society and a member of the editorial board of society journal The Wildean. Her second book, The Life and Loves of E. Nesbit (Duckworth, 2019), was a Sunday Times Book of the Year 2019, and was included in the Washington Post Top 50 Non-Fiction Books of 2019. In 2020, she was shortlisted for the Dalkey Emerging Writer Award and won the Rubery Book Award for Non-Fiction. She has worked as a television researcher for the Irish national broadcaster RTÉ and was a contributor to The Importance of Being Oscar (BBC2, April 2019).
Novelist Alex Wheatle discusses with Ivan six things which he thinks should be better known.
Alex Wheatle was born in London of Jamaican parents. His first book,Brixton Rock (1999), tells the story of a 16-year old boy of mixed race, in 1980s Brixton.
His most recent novels, Liccle Bit (2015), Crongton Knights (2016) – winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize – and Straight Outta Crongton (2017), are novels for young adult readers, focusing on the lives of teenagers and families on the fictional South Crongton council estate.
In 2010, he wrote and toured the one-man autobiographical performance, Uprising. His play, Shame & Scandal, had its debut at the Albany Theatre, Deptford in October 2015. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.