Tomas Watson (b.1971) is a British artist who has lived and worked in Greece since 1994. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
In 1998, he won the BP Portrait Award and was subsequently commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to paint the author John Fowles. This portrait is in their permanent collection.
He regularly participates in international art fairs and has personal exhibitions every 2 years in London.
Efrosini (Cindy) Kamatsou is both an academic scholar and a writer of fiction. She received her B.A. in English from Wesleyan University, her masters in European Literature at the University of Oxford, and her Ph.D. in Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge.
She has been teaching literature and writing in universities in Greece for the past 15 years, currently at the American College of Greece. Her first novel Beneath the Surface/Μονοπάτια της Μνήμης, the tragicomic story of a woman who survived the German occupation of her village by helping the Nazis confiscate olive oil, was published in Greek translation by Livanis in 2010, and her second novel, The Duct-Tape Diary, a coming-of-age novel set in Mississippi, is currently awaiting publication.
Her published scholarly writing includes studies of works by Greek women writers The Female “I” in Modern Greek Prose Fiction, 1924-1962 and the edited volume His Words were Nourishment and his Counsel Food.
Claudia Carr is a painter. She lives and works in London and during the last twenty years she has also worked in Italy and India. She trained at the Slade and subsequently taught there. She now holds teaching posts at the Royal College of Art and the Royal Drawing School and Heatherleys School of Fine Art. Claudia has had solo shows at Browse and Darby, Whitfield Fine Art and Jessica Carlisle, and mixed shows at various galleries in London and New York.
Michael Gaskell is an award winning British artist. His work is held in numerous public and private collections and commissions include the National Portrait Gallery and Cambridge University in the UK and the Cartin Collection, New York. He holds the unique position ofbeing awarded the second prize four times in the BP Portrait Awards. He collaborated with Wes Anderson on two films: 'Moonrise Kingdom', for which he designed and painted the film poster and 'Isle of Dogs', the stop motion animation, for which he designed and drew character portraits for the film. Michael's works in egg tempera demonstrate his extensive technical knowledge and practical understanding of this media. More recently he has worked in oils.
James Lloyd graduated with an MA from the Slade School of Fine Art, following a BA in Fine Art from Coventry and a Diploma from Blackpool College of Art and Design. He teaches at the Royal Drawing School and has won numerous awards including the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award, Paul Smith Scholarship, Winsor & Newton Young Artists' Award, Carrol Foundation Young Artist of the Year Award, ING Discerning Eye, First Prize in the BP Portrait Award, and the prestigious Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture. Lloyd has undertaken commissions for many private and public clients and institutions including Newcastle University, the Bank of England, Queen's College, Lords Cricket Ground, the House of Lords, the Royal Collection and the National Portrait Gallery. James is represented in the UK by Browse & Darby and in Germany by Hubner & Hubner.
Stephanos Papadopoulos was born in 1976 in North Carolina and raised in Paris and Athens. He is the author of several poetry collections: The Black Sea, Hôtel-Dieu, and Lost Days. He is also the editor and co-translator of Derek Walcott’s Selected Poems in Greek, a poet he was closely affiliated with for over 20 years. He was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship for The Black Sea and the 2014 Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer's Prize selected by Mark Strand. He was awarded a Lannan Foundation Fellowship residency in 2019.
His work has appeared in numerous journals, including The New York Review of Books, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The New Republic, Stand Magazine, and Poetry Daily.
He lives between The Pacific Northwest and Athens, Greece.
Novelist Rob Watson directed the MA in Creative Writing at the Bretton Hall campus of the University of Leeds for many years. He is the author of five novels and wrote the volume on film for the Falmer Press Library of Aestetic Education. His novel Whilom (Bloomsbury, 1990) won the Welsh Arts Council Fiction Prize. He is currently researching neglected modern artists, in particular Frank Brangwyn, whose works he collects avidly.
Tom Winter's debut novel, Lost & Found, was published in five languages. In August 2013 it was chosen as the Book of the Month by The Mail on Sunday's You Magazine book club. That summer, the Kindle edition was also a No.1 bestseller on Amazon UK. In Germany, Apple iBooks called it one of the ten books that everyone should read over the holidays.
His second and third novels, published in 2014 and 2017, have also received excellent reviews from a wide range of publications including Hello!, Cosmo and the Daily Mail. He is currently finishing his fourth book, to be published in the UK by Little, Brown.