Hilary Bradt Hilary is the founder of Bradt Travel Guides which published the first ever guide to North Korea in 2003, as a response to President Bush naming it as part of the ‘Axis of Evil’ (the other two countries, Iran and Iraq, also benefited from a guidebook). A devotee of countries deemed ‘dangerous’ by more conventional travellers, North Korea had long been on her wish list before the opportunity came to make an extended visit in 2016.
Jane Fortune Author, lecturer, art collector and philanthropist, Jane is author of many books including To Florence, Con Amore, 90 Ways to Live the City. Her book Invisible
Women, Forgotten Artists of Florence was the basis of a PBS documentary of the same title, which won a coveted Emmy in 2013. She is the Cultural Editor of The Florentine, the English speaking news magazine in Florence, and serves on several Museum Boards of Trustees in the United States.
Dr Jeannie Labno Jeannie is an independent art historian specialising in the art and culture of Early Modern Europe, with particular interest in central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of Commemorating the Polish Renaissance Child: Funeral Monuments and their European Context (2011, Ashgate Publishing), Renaissance (2008), Art Spotlights series (2008, The Ivy Press, UK) and co-editor of East Meets West at the Crossroads of Early Modern Europe’( 2010, University of Warsaw). Jeannie also delivers public lectures and is a professional editor.
Duncan J. D. Smith Duncan is a travel writer, historian and photographer. Born in Sheffield and based currently in Vienna, he got the history bug when his grandfather unearthed the grave of a Roman soldier. Aged just eleven, Duncan was inspired to open his own museum and went on to study ancient history at Birmingham. He then worked in travel publishing and since 2003 has been writing his own series, the ‘Only In’ Guides, published under his Urban Explorer imprint. Visit www.onlyinguides.com & www.duncanjdsmith.com.
Carol Faenzi Carol is the author of the award-winning historical novel, The Stonecutter’s Aria, based on the true stories of her marblecarving ancestors who emigrated from Carrara, Italy to Indiana to carve on many of America’s landmarks. She presents programs and teaches workshops on preserving family stories and rituals. She also leads small group cultural and archaeological excursions in Tuscany. She has been published in Ancestry Magazine, and The Florentine Press and splits her time between Indiana and Florence.
Matilda Hickson (Staff Writer) Matilda studied archaeology at the University of Edinburgh and spent many years on excavations in Jordan, Egypt and Syria. A specialist in the Levant in the Middle Bronze Age, she has published two books on the subject. She has spent many years travelling around the Middle East, and for three years took numerous groups to the region as either guide lecturer or tour manager. She currently works as a freelance writer and photographer.
Joshua J. Mark (Staff Writer) Joshua is editor, director, and regular contributor to the online site Ancient History Encyclopedia. His non-fiction work has also appeared in History Ireland, Ancient Warfare Magazine and Litro and his short fiction in various publications online and in print. He is a part-time professor of philosophy and writing at Marist College and lives in upstate New York, USA with his travelling companions: wife Betsy, daughter Emily, and Monty (aka Duamutef) the tiny dog.
Isambard Wilkinson As a young boy in Ireland, Bard listened to tales about adventurous ancestors – botanists and artists, sailors and soldiers who travelled through China and Africa, India and Albania. It fired an urge to roam. Expelled from school at 15, after university he was refused entry into the Royal Marines and instead worked for Country Life magazine before leaving to travel throughout Pakistan. He became a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph in Spain and Pakistan and now works for AFP in Hong Kong and has just published his first book, Travels in a Dervish Cloak.