Paul studied ancient history at King’s College, London. Alongside lecturing posts at King’s and Royal Holloway, University of London, he acted as an historical adviser for HBO’s Fire from Heaven. He spent over a decade teaching Classics in Hertfordshire before being lured away from academia to join Peter Sommer Travels as a fulltime member of staff and tour guide. He has a lively interest in all periods and regions, but a particular passion for Late Antiquity, Roman Britain and the Near East.
Damian is a Canadian-Australian archaeologist with the École Française d’Extrême-Orient, the French research institute that has led work on the Angkor monuments for more than a century. His work involves using advanced geospatial technologies to explore traces of human activity in tropical landscapes from the deep past to the present day. In the course of a twenty-year career he has written widely about Southeast Asian archaeology, and his work at Angkor has been profiled extensively in print and broadcast media.
After a career in broadcasting Neil took the itinerant route of travel, food and arts writer. Also a photographer he’s never without a camera to capture the world’s wonders. Neil has worked with Our Man on the Ground, Families, Darling, Black & White
and Mojo magazines and BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and the World Service. He also enjoys polishing off a few glasses for wine publication The Buyer. When not on a plane, Neil can be found on the edges of Kent, perusing an atlas and planning the next trip.
Lynn has travelled extensively over the last 15 years, visiting countries in Asia, Africa and the Americas, writing about - and photographing - a range of travel and cultural topics. An early trip to Malawi and Zambia focused on learning to sketch animals in the wild, but the highlight was the incredible interactions with the people in those countries. Lynn is published in magazines, on-line and in newspapers in the UK and is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers.
Sarah studied history of art and publishing at university. After five years as a press officer, she travelled extensively around India and Asia, before editing books at a local publishing house in Galle, Sri Lanka. A stint working in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford further fuelled her passion and interest in Asia and the Islamic World. Berkshire-based, Sarah is a keen photographer and especially enjoys writing about, and photographing, historical architecture.
Linda is Director of Advancing Women Artists in Italy and author of two nonfiction books, Italians Dance and I’m a Wallflower and If They Are Roses: The Italian Way with Words, as well as the novel Moving Days. Her latest publication written jointly with Jane Fortune, When the World Answered: Florence, Women Artists and the 1966 Flood was published in October 2014.
Matt is a freelance photographer born in South Korea and raised in rural NSW. He now lives and works in Northern Sydney working on a variety of national and international projects. With a passion and focus on adventure travel content, his work explores the natural world ranging from ocean depths, soaring remote mountain ranges and aerial bird’s-eye views. His photos have featured in various print and online publications and have won multiple online awards.
Theresa is a freelance journalist based in Oxford. After working in health education in the UK and in Namibia with VSO, followed by a year at the Cheetah Conservation Fund near Otjiwarongo, Namibia, and previously as press officer for the environmental charity Earthwatch, she now writes for newspapers and magazines on visual art, archaeology, wildlife conservation, and travel - subjects that are all close to her heart.