Contributors’ Biographies


Sharon Adam-Whitmore is based in Grand Cayman where she writes and teaches in the sciences. She has a special interest in marine ecology, drawing particularly on her experience as a skilled scuba diver and hyperbaric chamber technician.

Michael Bartholomew-Biggs, London Grip’s current Poetry Editor, is Reader Emeritus in Computational Mathematics at the University of Hertfordshire.  For many years he divided his energy between mathematics and poetry but finally managed to combine them in the pamphlet ‘Uneasy Relations’ (Hearing Eye, 2007).  He also has three full poetry collections ‘Tell it Like it Might Be’ (Smokestack, 2008) , ‘Tradesman’s Exit’ (Shoestring, 2009) and “Fred & Blossom” (Shoestring, 2013).  He is co-organiser(with Nancy Mattson) of the Poetry in the Crypt readings at St Mary’s church in Islington.
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William Bowler is a one-time investment analyst and stockbroker, and now runs his own private client advisory business in Cape Town.  A keen observer of the dynamics of South African politics, economics and sport, he has lived in Johannesburg, Grand Cayman and Durban. He became an unrepentant Capetonian in 2002.

James N. Butcher is currently Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota.  His career in psychology has been devoted to the study of personality assessment, abnormal psychology, and cross-cultural personality.  He began watercolour painting in 2000 during a sabbatical year in London and has continued painting along with his work in psychology.

Jessica Campbell (to 2010) is a teenage student at the Godolphin and Latymer School in London.

Katie Campbell has published two volumes of poetry, short stories and a novel, and more recently, while lecturing in Bristol University’s MA programme on the designed landscape, Icons of Twentieth Century Landscape Design (2006) and Policies and Pleasaunces: A Guide to Scotland’s Gardens (2007). Her most recent book, Paradise of Exiles: The Anglo-American Gardens of Florence (2009), combines social history with horticulture, focusing on Italy’s late 19th century eccentric community of English and American expatriates.

Ilinca Cantacuzino is an artist and is a member of SWLA – South London Women Artists.

Fred D’Aguiar, London Grip’s 2008 Poetry Editor, is the Guyanese-British poet, playwright and novelist at present living in Virginia, USA. He has received awards from, amongst others, the Malcolm X Prize for Poetry, the Whitbread Prize for a first novel, the David Higham Fiction Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction.

Michael Davenport has taught economics at the University of York, worked in the Treasury (U.K.), with the European Commission and as a consultant to developing countries in the arts of trade policy and negotiation.

João de Pina-Cabral, Research Coordinator at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, was the Founding President of the Portuguese Association of Anthropology (1989-1991) and President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (2003-5).  He has done fieldwork and published extensively on the Alto Minho (Portugal), Macau (China) and Bahia (Brazil). He has been a Visiting Professor in the UK, Brazil, Spain and Mozambique.

Helen Donlon is a literary agent who deals with both publishing rights and author/book publicity, specialising in music books.  She is the editor of a book on David Lynch (now available in several languages) and is currently working on two new books – one a biography of the artist Isabel Lambert, and the other a biography of actor and revolutionary Pierre Clementi .  She has contributed to various film and counterculture journals worldwide, and as ever divides her time between town and country.

Clare Doyle is a bi-lingual freelance writer and management consultant based in south-west France.  She has worked in the diplomatic service and elsewhere, and has lived in London, Brussels, Mexico City and the USA. Now she combines some of her previous experience with an ambition to grow the best tasting tomatoes, and she published her first novel, ÂżLast Posting?, in 2013 – Kindle link:

Jenny Fabian spent her formative years at a boys’ public boarding school before attending Francis Holland C of E School for Girls. She married twice and had four children.  After dropping out to become a so-called “unrepentant child of the sub-culture”, she dropped further out to work with horses and greyhounds.  She returned to the normal world about 2000 and now lives in London. She has written for the Guardian, the Observer, Harper/Queen, Mojo, Uncut, Field, Wisden, and has contributed to various anthologies.

Since her arrival on these shores in 1985, New York born writer, Leah Fritz, has had four collections of her poems published in Britain. Her latest volume, Whatever Sends the Music into Time: New and Selected Poems, was published by Salmon in 2012.

Ian Hollings (a pseudonym) has been working in sports journalism since 1999.  A former sports editor of one of the UK’s biggest selling regional newspapers, he is now editor of a leading sports website.  He has won several awards for his writing.  He is married and lives in Hertfordshire, UK.

Teresa Howard is a playwright, lyricist, theatre producer and journalist. She is in the process of setting up a Studio Theatre and Art Centre in Forest Hill, London, UK.

David Jacobson (FIEEE) is Director – Emerging Technologies in the Advisory Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, working in the Toronto office.  He is the Canadian member of the PwC international technology network which includes the PwC Global Technology Centre resources in California, USA, the UK and Europe.

Phillip Kotokwa is a Zimbabwean sculptor working in African hard stone such as leopard stone, opal stone and serpentine stone. His work has been bought by collectors around the world.

Sarah Lawson is an American-born London-based writer whose novel The Bohemian Pirate has been reviewed on London Grip.  Her most recent collections of poetry are All the Tea in China and The Wisteria’s Children, a collection of 100 haiku.

Barbara Lewis is a journalist whose career has included working as a correspondent in Belgium, France and Hong Kong, as well as carrying out international assignments while based in London for Reuters news agency. She is currently an editor, dealing with breaking news, but never losing sight of her love of the arts and of writing about them. She has also written two novels and three plays.

Alan Lloyd retired to London from Herefordshire, UK.  He remains a trustee and founder member of the Ledbury Poetry Festival, which he also used to organise.

Judy Lloyd has worked variously as an assistant to Roman Polanski, as a Citizens Advice Bureau advisor, and in a book shop whilst bringing up three daughters.  She gained a first class honours degree through the Open University and then an MA at Essex in Oral History before being awarded a PhD (2006) from UCL.  She currently enjoys life in London.

Cathy Macaulay-Cornish is an architect with a master’s degree in town planning from the University of London, U.K.  She lives with her husband and two children in Melbourne, Australia where she works as an architect specialising in residential projects and sustainable design.  She also writes about planning and social issues.

Jane McChrystal is a London-based psychotherapeutic counsellor. Her particular research interests are in attachment difficulties and their effects on mental health. She is currently involved in the development of a primary care-based brief psychotherapy service in north London.

Zygmunt Nowak-Solinski was born in Poland and spent much of his adult life in Scotland and France.  He now lives in both Poland and Scotland, working as a freelance photographer, writer and translator.

Thomas Ovans is Irish and came to London in the mid 1990s.  He has a background in technical and academic writing and editing, mostly in the field of aerospace engineering.  However he has recently begun to diversify into other forms of prose, including book reviews.  And after being a serious reader of poetry for many years he is now beginning to publish some poems of his own.

Julia Pascal is a playwright, theatre director and Artistic Director of Pascal Theatre Company  The first woman director at the National Theatre, U.K., her plays have been produced in Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, the USA and are published by Oberon Books.  As an arts critic she has written for the major broadsheets, the BBC, and was Dance Editor of City Limits. In London she teaches writing part-time for New York University and St Lawrence University.  She was a NESTA Dream Time Fellow and Writer in Residence for the Wiener Library.

B. J. Rahn has an international reputation for her teaching, research, and writing about crime fiction.  She has published articles in, for example, Scribner’s Mystery and Suspense Writers, The Dictionary of Literary Biography and the Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing.  Professor Rahn leads detective walking tours of sites in the lives and fiction of authors such as Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, and Margery Allingham in the U.K., and in the USA authors Dashiell Hammett, Rex Stout, Linda Fairstein and Edgar Allan Poe.

Natalia Read is the West Midlands regional editor of the online publication ArtArtArt. She has a degree from the University of Bristol (2008) and recently completed a training programme with Matt Roberts Arts in London.

Ruth Rosengarten is an artist and art historian. She was born in Israel and spent twelve years in South Africa before moving to London and then Lisbon where she lived and worked for twenty years. Since 2002 she has been living near Stamford, U.K.,

Michael Sangster trained at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools. Principally concerned with the fall of light on objects, he works from observation in still life, portraiture and landscape. He has a studio at Kensal Green.

Carla Scarano is an Italian teacher; poet; short story writer and painter.  She lives in Chobham and teaches Italian language and literature in an international school in Woking. She reads her work at Poetry events around the country. At the moment she is attending the Woking Stanza group and Woking Writers Circle as well as being a member of the Poetry Society and of Second Light Network for women poets.

Phlebas & Shaw are a skilled SCUBA diving team committed to monitoring and revealing ecological devastation which development is causing to relatively unspoiled coastlines.

Jacques Touitou: Depuis le premier jour ou j’ai commencĂ© a me servir d’un pinceau et peintre, je me suis consacrĂ© uniquement a mes quatre couleurs de prĂ©deliction, le rouge, le blanc, le bleu et le jaune. Pendant des annĂ©es je me suis uniquement consacrĂ© a dĂ©finir ma palette sur cette base de couleurs. Ces couleurs rĂ©present la nature et sa force, sa sensibilitĂ© et son romantisme. Le noir est la frontière.

Robert Vas Dias, London Grip’s Poetry Editor 2009 – 10, has published eight collections, the most recent of which was Still · Life and Other Poems of Art and Artifice (2010), and The Lascaux Variations: Fractals of Being (2009). An Anglo-American, his work has appeared in magazines in both the USA and Britain. He is a core tutor with The Poetry School in London, UK, and writes on book art and artists’ books, particularly those which incorporate poetry and text.

Romano Viazzani is a musician – a performer, arranger and TV soundtrack composer. For many years he has played and been recorded in ensembles and stage shows across Europe and the UK, with, amongst others, Grace Jones, Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music), and for several years, Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble. Most recently he performed in Songs From A Hotel Bedroom with Frances Ruffelle at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre.

Gabriele vom Brück is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental & African Studies, London, and has carried out extensive research in Yemen. She is the author of Islam, Memory and Morality in Yemen: Ruling Families in Transition and is co-author of The Anthropology of Names and Naming (C.U.P.). She is currently writing a biography of a woman who survived Yemen’s period of political upheaval in the late 1940s.

Carole Woddis has been a theatre journalist and critic for over 30 years. London reviewer and feature writer for Glasgow’s The Herald for 12 years, she now reviews for theatre websites and records interviews for TheatreVoice ( and for the Rose Bruford Theatre Archive.
Books published include The Bloomsbury Theatre Guide with Trevor T Griffiths; a collection of interviews with actresses, Sheer Bloody Magic (Virago) and Faber & Faber’s Pocket Guide to 20th Century Drama with Stephen Unwin.