Tom Clayton’s non-fiction has appeared in The Sunday Times, Drowned in Sound, Louder Than War and The 405, His fiction has appeared in The Santa Fe Literary Review. He was the lead researcher and writer for Messing Up the Paintwork: The Wit and Wisdo..
John Bauldie was raised in the northern English town of Bolton. Throughout the seventies, alongside his work as a lecturer in English literature, he was an avid collector of rare and unreleased Bob Dylan recordings. In the eighties, he established Th..
Ian Daley is the founding editor of Route. Born in Featherstone, West Yorkshire, he was destined for a life working underground but left school during the miners’ strike of 1984 and somehow became a book publisher. He lives and works in Pontefract.
Paul Laverty was born in Calcutta, India, to an Irish mother and Scottish father. He obtained a Philosophy degree at the Gregorian University in Rome. Thereafter he obtained a law degree at Strathclyde Law School, in Glasgow. During the mid-eighties ..
Ken Loach was born in 1936 in Nuneaton. He attended King Edward VI Grammar School and went on to study law at St. Peter’s Hall, Oxford. After a brief spell in the theatre, Loach was recruited by the BBC in 1963 as a television director. This launched..
Rebecca O’Brien is a film producer who has worked with director Ken Loach since Hidden Agenda in 1990. She is a partner with Ken Loach and Paul Laverty in the production company Sixteen Films.
Books: Looking For Eric, Route Irish, The Angels' Shar..
Icíar Bollaín was born in Madrid in 1967. Her interest in cinema can be traced back to her teenage years and her roles in films such as Victor Erice’s El Sur (The South) and Manuel Gutierrez Aragon’s Malaventura (Misadventure). She subsequently appea..
Amadou and Mariam
Amadou Bagayoko and Mariam Doumbia met at an institute for young blind people in Bamako, Mali, and fell in love both musically and romantically. Following several years of performing and releasing cassettes in the their native West Africa, they..
David P. Waddington
David P. Waddington was Professor of Communications at Sheffield Hallam University, where he was employed from 1983-2021. Fryston-born David has written extensively on the sociology of mining communities, industrial relations in the British coal indu..
Maureen Prest was the promotions and public relations manager for Batley Variety Club 1967-1974. She was a close friend and confidant of James Corrigan, the founder of the club.
Maureen has worked as a theatrical agent, artist promoter and record ..
Janet Watson was born in Hull and studied in Sheffield before working as a journalist in Yorkshire and Edinburgh. She lives in Scotland, and works as a freelance writer, editor, and counsellor.
Book: Nothing Ever Happens in Wentbridge..
Ramón Chao (born 1935 in Vilalba, Lugo) was a Galician writer who emigrated to France in 1956 in order to escape Francisco Franco’s regime.
He was chief editor for the Latin American service of Radio France Internationale, and used to work for Le ..
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