William Dalrymple is one of Britain’s great historians and the bestselling author of the highly acclaimed In Xanadu, the Wolfson Prize-winning White Mughals and the Hemingway Prize-winning Return of a King. A frequent broadcaster, he has written and presented three television series, one of which won the Grierson Award for Best Documentary Series at BAFTA in 2002. In 2018, he was presented with the prestigious President’s Medal by The British Academy for his outstanding literary achievement and for founding the Jaipur Literature Festival. William lives with his wife and three children on a farm outside Delhi.
Allie Esiri has been described in a Tatler profile as ‘a poetry powerhouse.’ She has been credited with bringing poetry into the digital age, with her bestselling apps iF Poems and The Love Book featuring readings by Helena Bonham Carter, Harry Enfield, Tom Hiddleston, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Bill Nighy and Emma Watson.
Her anthologies include iF: A Treasury of Poems for Almost Every Possibility and later collections A Poem for Every Night of the Year and A Poem for Every Day of the Year were phenomenal successes, selected as The Times and The Observer best poetry books of the year. Allie now organises and hosts live poetry events; her event at the National Theatre drew an audience of a thousand people.
Mark Haddon one of our most imaginative storytellers, whose work has been read and enjoyed by millions. In his most recent book, The Pier Falls (‘Superbly gripping’, Sunday Times), he reworked two mythical legends – Ariadne on Naxos and Gawain and the Green Knight – and turned them into startling contemporary stories. In The Porpoise he takes on the epic tale of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, to stunning dramatic effect. His worldwide bestseller, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time won seventeen literary prizes, including the Whitbread Award, and is now an acclaimed stage play.
Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.
Since joining the FT in 1988, Andrew has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.
Andrew was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.
His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.
Roula Khalaf is the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. In this role she provides strategic direction for the FT’s editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents.
John Lanchester is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books and a regular contributor to the New Yorker. he has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Philips, Fragrant Harbour and Capital, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the financial crisis and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitebread First Novel
Bronwen Maddox is the Director of the Institute for Government, a leading independent think tank. From 2010–16 Bronwen was Editor and Chief Executive of Prospect. Prior to that she was Chief Foreign Commentator, Foreign Editor and US Editor of The Times. She was previously at The Financial Times, and continues to contribute with regular articles
Edna O’Brien has written more than twenty works of fiction. She is the recipient of many awards, including the Irish PEN Lifetime Achievement Award, the American National Arts Gold Medal, the Frank O’Connor Prize and the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature. Born and raised in the west of Ireland, she has lived in London for many years. The Country Girls Trilogy was chosen as Dublin’s ‘One City One Book’ in 2019.
Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written film scripts. His works have won numerous national and international prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction.
Fintan O'Toole is a columnist with The Irish Times and Leonard L. Milberg visiting lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University. He is the winner of both the Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize for his work on Brexit. He is currently working on the official biography of Seamus Heaney.
Born in Dublin in 1958, he has been drama critic of In Dublin magazine, The Sunday Tribune, the New York Daily News, and The Irish Times and Literary Adviser to the Abbey Theatre. He edited Magill magazine and since 1988, has been a columnist with the Irish Times. He contributes regularly to the New York Review of Books and The Guardian.
His most recent book is Heroic Failure: Brexit and The Politics of Pain.
Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok. He also edited The Economist’s business and Asia sections. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation.
Rebbeca Rose is FT Weekend’s Deputy Books Editor
Nilanjana S Roy is the author of two fantasy novels (the award-winning The Wildings and The Hundred Names of Darkness), a collection of essays on reading (The Girl Who Ate Books), and has edited two anthologies, on food writing and on Indian nationalist writing. She writes about books and the reading life for the FT's Life & Arts section.
Alec Russell is Editor of FT Weekend. He was previously the FT’s News Editor and also Comment and Analysis Editor. A long time former foreign correspondent, he has reported from eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the US, and written three books.
Frederick Studemann is Literary Editor of the Financial Times. He writes a regular Notebook column, mostly focused on UK and Europe. He joined the FT in 1996 as Berlin correspondent, having also served as assistant news editor, UK correspondent, European news editor, Analysis editor and most recently as Comment & Analysis editor . He was a founding member of FT Deutschland where he ran the features and weekend section.
Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe.