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Susan Bassnett, Event Director
Susan Bassnett is Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Warwick and Professor in the Centre for British and Comparative Cultural Studies, which she founded in the 1980s. She is the author of over 20 books and her Translation Studies, which first appeared in 1980, has become the most important textbook around the world in the expanding field of Translation Studies. Recent books include Studying British Cultures: An introduction (1997), Constructing Cultures (1998) written with André Lefèvre and Postcolonial Translation with Harish Trivedi (1999). She also writes for several national newspapers, and contributes regularly to the "View from Here" column in 'The Independent'. She chairs the British Studies Committee of the British Council.

Anthony Barnett
Anthony Barnett is a key contributor to the national debate about constitutional change in the UK. He is a founder member of Charter 88, the campaign for the modernisation and renewal of the UK's democratic institutions. He has co-edited, with Roger Scruton, Town and Country, a collection of essays.

In 1997, the year the Labour government took office, he published This Time: our constitutional revolution. It is a far-reaching assessment of the key role which constitutional issues play in our lives. In a review of monarchy, army, church, sovereignty and the European Union he argues for their continued reform and for a recognition of the impact these changes have on national identity. The book contains a chapter which focuses specifically on 'The English Question'.

Michael Bracewell
Michael Bracewell is the author of five novels, including The Crypto-Amnesia Club, The Conclave and Saint Rachel. He has also published one work of non-fiction: England is mine, and his writing has been included in several anthologies of short stories and essays - most recently, The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Fashion Writing and The Poetry Society's The Message. He has written fine art catalogues for, among others, Sam Taylor-Wood, Ian Davenport and Gilbert & George. He has written and presented two documentaries for the BBC, on Oscar Wilde and Pevsner's Surrey. He is a regular contributor to 'The Independent on Sunday', 'The Guardian' and 'Frieze' magazine. His new novel, Hungry Ghosts is published by Jonathan Cape next year.

Billy Bragg
Billy Bragg is a British singer and songwriter, and since his debut album 'Life's a riot' in 1983, has become one of England's best known and loved popular musicians. Dubbed Britain's finest rock poet by the NME, Billy's high quality songwriting shuns the glossy values traditionally associated with pop music. He has collaborated with The Smiths' Johnny Marr, 10,000 Maniacs' Natalie Merchant, Pete Seeger and REM. Those who have recorded songs by Billy include Kirsty Maccoll ('A New England'), Paul Young ('Man in the Iron Mask') and Dubstar ('St Swithins Day').

Billy has a strong commitment to political and humanitarian issues. He claims to have been politicised by Margaret Thatcher and his experiences whilst actively supporting the British mining communities during the Miners Strike of 1984/85 proved a strong early influence. This later led him to create a coalition of musicians, Red Wedge, who offered critical support for the UK's Labour Party during the 1987 election. He has been a long standing and vociferous campaigner against racism and has lent his solidarity to many international issues in many ways including performing to raise funds.

Billy also works as a broadcaster and writer discussing social and political issues which are close to his heart. He has written extensively on such subjects as Englishness and the reform of the House of Lords, for both broadsheet and broadcasting media.

Charlotte Brunsdon
Charlotte Brunsdon is currently Chair of the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. She is currently working on a study of British cinema and television, and is author of Screen Tastes: from soap opera to satellite dishes (Routledge, 1997) and The Feminist, the Housewife and the Soap Opera (Clarendon Press, due for publication in January 2000). She is editor of Films for Women (British Film Institute, 1986) and Feminist Television Criticism (OUP, 1997).

Joanne Collie
Joanne Collie is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for British and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick. She has taught in Canada, England and Turkey and has led seminars for the British Council in many European countries. She has two forthcoming books on British Studies: Lifestyles: British Studies for Maturita (for the British Council in the Czech Republic) and, with Alex Martin, What's it like? Life and culture in Britain today (Cambridge University Press).

Robert Colls
Robert Colls teaches in the department of Economic and Social History at the University of Leicester. He has written widely on national and north-regional histories. His Englishness, Politics and Culture 1880-1920 (1986, with Philip Dodd) pioneered the current revival of interest in English national identity. His The Identity of England will be published next year by Polity.

Nicholas J. Cull
Nick Cull is Professor of American Studies at the University of Leicester. He was educated at Leeds University and between 1988 and 1990 was a Harkness Fellow at Princeton University. He is the author of Selling War: British Propaganda and American Neutrality in World War Two, and numerous articles on propaganda and film history. He is currently writing a history of the United States Information Agency.

[ Read Nicholas J. Cull's paper Englishness: The Great Escape of The Self Preservation Society ]

David Dabydeen
David Dabydeen is Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies and Professor in the Centre for British and Comparative Cultural Studies. He is a poet and novelist. His works include Slave Song (winner of Commonwealth Poetry Prize, 1984), Coolie Odyssey (1988), Turner (1993), The Counting House (1996), and A Harlot's Progress (1999). David Dabydeen is also Guyana's ambassador-at-large and a member of UNESCO's Executive Board.

Nicholas Deakin
Nicholas Deakin, CBE, was Professor of Social Policy and Social Administration at the University of Birmingham. He has been active in social research for more than thirty years, notably in the field of race relations in Britain and in assessing the value of the voluntary sector in participatory democracy. He is currently teaching at the Warwick University Business School. Nicholas Deakin's publications include The Politics of Welfare (Prentice Hall, 1994), The Enterprise Culture and the Inner City (co-author, Routledge, 1993) and The Costs of Welfare (co-editor, Oxford University Press, 1993). His forthcoming book The Treasury and Social Policy will be published by Macmillan (February 2000).

Christopher Harvie
Christopher Harvie has been Professor of British Studies in the English dept. of Tübingen University, Germany, since 1980. He acted as Director of the department in 1981-82, 1982-3, 1986-7, and 1992-3. He has been Visiting Fellow or guest professor at Merton and Nuffield Colleges, Oxford, Edinburgh and Strathclyde Universities, and St David's University College, Lampeter. Since summer 1996 he has been Honorary Professor of Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Christopher Harvie's publications include Scotland and Nationalism: Scottish Society and Politics, 1707-1977 (Allen and Unwin, 1977, Routledge 1993 and 1998). His new book, Travelling Scot, (Argyll, 1999) is a collection of political and historical essays, reflecting the patterns of Scots voyaging from the Middle Ages to the present.

Amryl Johnson
Amryl Johnson was born in Trinidad and came to England when she was eleven. Her education continued at Clark's Grammar School in London. She has a degree in English with African and Caribbean Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

She writes prose and poetry, teaches creative writing at various residential courses and has contributed to the following anthologies on the art of writing: Delighting the heart (Women's Press, 1989) and Taking reality by surprise (Women's Press, 1991). Other works include a collection of poems, Long Road to Nowhere (Virago, 1995), a travel biography, Sequins for a ragged hem (Virago, 1988), Tread carefully in paradise (Cofa, 1991), Gorgons (Cofa, 1992), a taped anthology called Blood and Wine (Cofa, 1991) and her most recent work, Calling (Fable Publications, November 1999).

Jürgen Krönig
Jürgen Krönig has been London correspondent for 'Die Zeit' since 1989. He also works as a freelance author for radio and television and writes for various papers in Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. He studied Politics and History at the Freie Universität Berlin, then worked as a freelance correspondent for various radio stations in Berlin and Cologne. He became political editor and travel correspondent for 'Deutschlandfunk' (a German radio and TV station), for which he worked until he joined 'Die Zeit'.

Andrew Motion
Andrew Motion was born in 1952. He read at University College, Oxford, and subsequently spent two years writing about the poetry of Edward Thomas for an M. Litt. From 1976-1980 he taught English at the University of Hull; from 1980-82 he edited the Poetry Review and from 1982-89 he was editorial director and poetry editor at Chatto and Windus. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is a member of the Arts Council of England and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in London. His work has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. In 1994 his biography of Philip Larkin was awarded the Whitbread Prize for Biography, and shortlisted for the NCR Award. The Lamberts won the Somerset Maugham Award.

Andrew Motion was appointed as Poet Laureate in May 1999.

Works published by Faber & Faber: (Poetry) Love in a life (1991), The price of everything (1994), Salt water (1997), Selected poems 1976-97 (1998); (Biography) Philip Larkin: a writer's life (1993), The Lamberts (1995) [first published in 1986], Keats (1997).

Kwesi Owusu
Kwesi Owusu, currently a research associate of the African Studies Centre, University of Cambridge, holds qualifications from the University of Central London and the London School of Economics where his MPhil thesis on Asante social formations was supervised by Donald MacRae. He has lectured in African and Cultural Studies at many institutions of higher and further education including City Lit, London, The Africa Centre, The University of East London, and The University of London. As a writer who intervenes in key debates in Black British cultural affairs he has published frequently on the black arts and particularly on the Notting Hill Carnival. In 1986 he was co-author with Jacob Ross, of Behind the Masquerade, the Story of the Notting Hill Carnival . He has just published Black British Culture and Society for Routledge, the most extensive reader ever undertaken by a British publisher in this field. He starts the new Millennium with a lecture tour of universities in the United States and the Caribbean.

Simon Partridge
Simon Partridge has written extensively about British-Irish relations and devolutionary issues. He is author of the pamphlets "Beyond Nationalism in These Islands" (1996) and "The British Union State: imperial hangover or flexible citizens' home?" (Catalyst, 1999). He is editor of "Building a New Britain: an alternative approach to devolution and local governance in the UK" (City Region Campaign, 1996) and co-author of "Nordic Co-operation: a possible model for British-Irish relations" (Finnish Institute, London, 1997). In 1998 in Antrim he gave the John Hewitt International Summer School Lecture "Reimagining the British-Irish Islands: the creative hyphen". He can be contacted by e-mail at 101723.463@compuserve.com.

[ Read Simon Partridge's paper The British-Irish Council: the trans-islands symbolic and political possibilities ]

Rob Pope
Rob Pope is Professor of English Studies at Oxford Brookes University. He has previously taught at universities in Wales, Russia and New Zealand, and has led curriculum and staff development programmes in Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Romania and the USA. His publications include Textual Intervention: Critical and Creative Strategies for Literary Studies (Routledge 1995) and The English Studies Book (Routledge 1998). He is currently completing the volume on Creativity for the New Critical Idiom Series and in the early stages of a co-edited volume English Language, Literature & Culture. A Critical and Historical Source Book. Where possible, he prefers to help people talk, work, play and make things together rather than talk at length himself.

Julian Rathbone
Julian Rathbone has published twenty-nine novels of which twenty-one have been thrillers, six literary, and three historical. He has also published short stories and some poetry, and written six screen-plays. He has twice been short-listed for the Booker, has won the Deutsche Krimi Preis (German thriller prize) and the Crime Writers' Association short story prize. His most recent success is the historical novel The Last English King which, against the background of 1066, examines what it is to be English. Kings of Albion, which came out in May 2000 takes the theme further, particularly finding the roots of English scepticism, empiricism and pragmatism in the late Middle Ages.

[ Read Julian Rathbone's paper Englishness in The Last English King and Kings of Albion ]

Richard Weight
Richard Weight has taught at University College London. He has also been a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Kent and a Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research London. He is currently completing a major study of national identity, Patriots: National Identity in Britain 1940-2000, which will be published by Macmillan in autumn 2000. As well as contributing to several journals and television documentaries, he edited a collection of essays The Right To Belong: Citizenship and National Identity, 1930-1960, published by Tauris in 1998. He lives in London.

Lola Young
Lola Young is Professor of Cultural Studies at Middlesex University. Before becoming an academic Professor, Young worked in arts development, promoting black arts and culture, an interest she still pursues through involvement with various groups including the Black Cultural Archives and inIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts). She has written and broadcast widely on issues of 'race', gender and representation, black British culture, and film. Her book, Fear of the Dark: 'Race', Gender and Sexuality in Cinema was published by Routledge in 1996. Professor Young was the 1999 Chair of the judging panel for the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is currently Project Director for the National Museum and Archives of Black History and Culture (NMABHC).

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