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Ziggy is the former Deputy Editor of National Geographic Kids magazine and an experienced freelance writer and editor based in London. Specialising in the children’s and parenting market, Ziggy has also worked across a wide range of publications –from health and lifestyle, to gaming and business titles.
Having travelled all over the world, Ziggy hung up her trekking boots when she became a mum three years ago, and has since settled into a home bod –in that if she’s not doing up character (aka dilapidated) houses, she’s constantly inventing new ways to keep a toddler entertained with nothing more than an egg cup and a loo roll (book coming out soon!). Ziggy lives with her other half in north London (in still dilapidated house), and has one thoroughly entertained three-year-old daughter.
Travel Editor-at-Large & Days Out Editor
James is a freelance editor, consultant, journalist, and travel obsessive, who has crisscrossed the globe: extensively so across Australia, Asia, North America, and Europe. He’s extremely partial to long road trips, bats and burritos. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Mexico is (probably) his favourite country.
When he’s not otherwise engaged grinding gears, worrying wildlife or topping tortillas, he occasionally finds time to write for publications such as National Geographic Traveller, The Telegraph, City AM, Spear's, The Sun's Fabulous magazine, Grazia, Clash, and his own website dearlydepartures.com, among several others.
With a decade of experience in both print and online media, James has also been an editor for all of the major web portals: Yahoo!, AOL, and MSN, working for the latter as an editor and travel writer for five years.
He doesn't usually talk about himself in the third person.
Damian is a freelance journalist, writer and consultant specialising in children’s books. He was Editorial Director of the Daily Telegraph’s children supplement Young Telegraph, and Book Editor for T2, the Telegraph’s teenage supplement. He has reviewed for the teen press, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times and the TES, and he also edited the family column in Metro Life.
Damian has been on the judging panel for the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize, the Whitbread (now Costa) Children’s Book Prize, the Branford Boase first novel award, and regularly chairs events on the book festival circuit including Cheltenham, Bath, Hay, Imagine, at the South Bank and the recent YALC at Earl’s Court.
Damian has guested regularly on Radio London Live as a newspaper reviewer, and as Metro Life’s children’s editor, he contributed to the Vanessa Feltz show, also on London Live. He has also contributed reviews of children’s books theatre, TV and film on Radio 4’s Front Row. He is a published author of 10 children’s books including Dog In No-Man’s-Land (pub July 2014) and is the Creative Director of the UK’s biggest children’s reading programme, The Summer Reading Challenge, for literacy charity The Reading Agency. Damian lives with his wife in north London, and has two children.
Jay is a freelance writer and editor based in Manchester. She has written for a variety of publications from technology and lifestyle magazines, to corporate and business websites. She started her career writing technology reviews and features for Computeractive, What PC, and VNU’s online portfolio, before going on to edit gadget and software sections for magazines and technology supplements. She has also written lifestyle pieces for The Huffington Post and Heat magazine.
Jay loves taking on new projects and alongside her writing, juggles many passions. She has worked as a director of a healthcare company, set up online businesses and renovated houses. She enjoys travel and has spent a lot of time in Europe, the Far East and Australasia. Having recently become a mum, she loves to incorporate her experience and thirst for knowledge into her role as a young mother.
Nik has been writing about technology and video games for 15 years, having started his career as a journalist back when the most hi-tech thing you could do on a mobile phone was have a quick game of Snake. He has covered tech stories in destinations as far flung as Tokyo, Los Angeles, Budapest and Cologne, and likes nothing better than adding yet another speaker to his home cinema system.
Laura Yates is coach, mentor, writer and content creator specialising in helping people transform their everyday. Laura works with people to heal and deal after breakups, heartbreak, a loss of self-esteem or just feeling a sense of stuck and boredom in life. Laura has been featured in The Daily Mail, LOOK Magazine, Glamour, Marie Claire and also Elle Australia. She is a writer for eHarmony and Match.com, collaborates as a coach with award winning matchmaking company Mutual Attraction and has been a guest on many renowned podcasts talking about her work in the relationship space including Entrepreneur on Fire, Dr Karin Anderson Abrell's Love & Life podcast, OMFG! and many more.
Laura can be found on Instagram @lauramyates, Twitter @laurayatesUK and Facebook laura.yates
Guy worked as an actor and comedian for ten years before deciding it was time to settle down into a sensible, secure career. Then he decided to be a writer instead. He is the author of far too many books. Including: spy-fi series The Clown Service (Del Rey UK); weird western trilogy, Heaven’s Gate (Solaris) and the strange crime/fantasy hybrid that is the Deadbeat series (Titan Books). He’s written new adventures for Sherlock Holmes, adapted old Hammer movies and somehow wrote a biography of Leonard Rossiter.
He also writes comics, predominately for 2000 AD but is also the co-creator of Goldtiger with artist Jimmy Broxton.
He lives in Spain with his partner and their two grown-up boys. Joe is a songwriter and musician, Dan is a chef. Every night can be a cabaret dinner in his house, soon Guy will be happily fat and deaf.
Lauren is the former Editorial Director of National Geographic Kids magazine and a freelance editorial consultant and travel writer based in London. She has worked in publishing for over 15 years, holding senior editorial positions on titles including Sugar, Bliss, Kraze Club, Girlfriends, Star Hits, Big Time and Kick!, and has contributed to family sections of The Mirror, The Times and The Telegraph.
Ben is a freelance movies and entertainment writer. He started out writing for Empire and has since authored the definitive biography of Robert Downey Jr. as well as setting up Press Association's Hollywood Bureau. Highlights of his professional career include getting recognised by Naomi Watts, almost spilling a drink on Natalie Portman and nearly getting punched by Mickey Rourke. His toddler daughter has already met a member of the England Women's cricket team, but currently thinks YouTube videos of cats are better than Star Wars.
Samantha is an investigative financial journalist and columnist who has written for national newspapers and websites, specialist magazines, women's magazines and parenting magazines. She is the author of The Guide to Money (Virgin Books) and is mum to Imogen (9) and Isabella (5) and wife to Andrew. She blogs as The Undomesticated Mum and lives in Stansted, Essex.
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