Rebecca John is a celebrated botanical painter whose work has been exhibited widely in the UK and the US and also in Italy and Japan. Her work is represented in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, in the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, and in private collections worldwide. With Michael Holroyd, she edited the letters of her grandmother, Ida John, published in 2017 as The Good Bohemian (Bloomsbury). She lives in London.
Julia L. Kay is a painter, printmaker, photographer, muralist and digital artist who was born and raised in New York City. She has a BA in Photography from Wesleyan University and did graduate work at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives in San Francisco, where she’s had the opportunity to complete commissions and to exhibit locally and internationally.
Julia launched her Portrait Party in 2010 when a personal project to draw herself every day for three years was drawing to a close. By the time Portrait Revolution was published, Julia Kay's Portrait Party had grown to more than 1000 members from 50 countries who had made more than 50,000 portraits. The portraits in the book were curated from this pool of portraits. The group continues to thrive and welcomes new members.
Mary Keen is an internationally known designer who has worked in the USA, France and Corfu, as well as on many English gardens of great distinction - among them the garden she describes in this book. For twenty years she was a member of the National Trust Gardens Panel, which advises on the care of important and historic gardens. She is the author of six books and is a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and many garden magazines. After creating a hands on garden of her own, which was regularly open to the public , she is now enjoying making a new smaller garden and cultivating a large allotment for the first time.
Griselda Kerr, who trained in horticulture and garden design at the English Gardening School, Broomfield College and Brooksby College, is a gardener, lecturer and columnist who describes herself as ‘always thinking about plants’. Her glorious garden at the Dower House, Melbourne, Derbyshire, is regularly open to the public.
Jessica Kilburn is a writer and researcher from Northumberland. She read English at Merton College, Oxford, followed by History of Art at the University of Glasgow. She contributed articles to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, has written for Illustration magazine and curated an exhibition about Lancelot 'Capability' Brown at his birthplace in Northumberland.
Zoë Lake has a branding and design background. Since starting a family she has been running a successful childminding business. Adventures at Home came about after years of suggesting fun activities to the parents of her childminding families when they get stuck for ideas in the holidays. Zoë lives near Canterbury, Kent.
Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908–1986) was a painter, a writer, a cartoonist, a theatre designer, an authority on architecture and design, and above all a great British humorist. His pocket cartoons depicting the aristocratic Maudie Littlehampton, her family and friends, which appeared in the Daily Express for forty years, recorded in his inimitably English way the life, news and opinions of the period. His books on architecture and design were as witty as they were authoritative: in them he depicted buildings and interiors with an unerring instinct for the minutiae of stylistic change and recreated with irrepressible humour the way of life of the original inhabitants.
Frank Lawley was born in Bloxwich, Staffordshire. His wife Marjorie was born Marjorie Louisa Tinlin at Wallington in Northumberland. In an attempt to understand something of the essence of Englishness as expressed in the English landscape, they have spent the past four decades rescuing Herterton House near Wallington, a long-abandoned sixteenth century farmhouse, and designing, creating and maintaining around it a new but appropriate country garden.