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Stephen Maddock is Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Before joining the CBSO he worked at the BBC Proms for seven years. He is a lapsed violinist, singer and conductor, as well as a quiz and crossword addict and a proud Man City fan. He lives in Solihull with his wife and two children.
Rosalind Miles is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction, including The Women's History of the World and the acclaimed historical series featuring Guenevere and Isolde. As a journalist and broadcaster, she has contributed to many periodicals and programmes at home and overseas.
Polly Devlin OBE is a writer, film maker and conservationist. Her first book All of Us There is a Virago Modern Classic, and her latest book is A Year in the Life of an English Meadow.
Brian Feeney is a respected historian, columnist and commentator, the author of a number of books including Sinn Fein: one hundred turbulent years, A Pocket History of The Troubles, and is co-author of the award-winning Lost Lives: the stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles.
NORTH OF ENGLAND
Diana Collecott is a Senior Fulbright Scholar and former academic at Durham University where she directed the Basil Bunting Poetry Centre. She lives in Teesdale and combines research and writing with twin passions for gardening and travel.
Adele Geras was born in Jerusalem and lived in Manchester for 43 years before moving to Cambridge in 2010. She has written more than 90 titles for young readers, one collection of poetry and four novels for adults. Her novel Troy was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award and also Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal. Her latest books are the picture book It’s Time For Bed, and Dido, a novel for young adults.
Roddy Lumsden is a poet, who was born in St Andrews. He has published five collections of poetry, a number of chapbooks and a collection of trivia, as well as editing a generational anthology of British and Irish poets of the 1990s and 2000s, Identity Parade, among other anthologies.
Val McDermid is the broadcaster and writer known as the queen of the psychological thriller. A former journalist, her novels include Northanger Abbey, A Darker Domain and The Wire In The Blood – part of her series featuring Dr Tony Hill. Originally from Kirkcaldy, she is a devotee of Raith Rovers FC.
SOUTH OF ENGLAND
Marcel Berlins is one of Britain's most respected legal journalists and a former presenter of Radio 4’s Law In Action. He writes for a variety of publications and is currently working on a novel.
Fred Housego was taken to the nation's hearts when, as a London cabbie, he became the 1980 BBC Mastermind champion and built a varied career as a broadcaster. He has been a regular Round Britain Quiz panelist since 1997 and now lives on the Sussex coast.
Myfanwy Alexander is a writer and broadcaster, casting a satirical eye over life in Wales and beyond from her home in Montgomeryshire.
David Edwards is a son of Barry and a former physics teacher. He was the first person ever to be both Mastermind champion (in 1990) and winner of the jackpot on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. He has previously set questions for Round Britain Quiz and appeared as a panellist on the Radio 4 quiz series X Marks The Spot.