In a career spanning four decades, Liz Calder entered publishing in the 1970s with Victor Gollancz, where she published John Irving and Angela Carter among others. She moved to Jonathan Cape, where she published Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children and Anita Brookner’s Hotel du Lac, both Booker winners. In 1986 she joined Nigel Newton, David Reynolds and Alan Wherry to found Bloomsbury. Here she was responsible for the fiction list, which included two more Booker winners, The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje.
Louis Baum was the Editor of The Bookseller, the London-based business magazine for the publishing and bookselling trades, from 1980 to 1999. He is the author of seven books for young children, including the much-loved I Want to See the Moon. Together with Liz Calder he was a founder-director of the Groucho Club, in Soho, London, set up in the mid-1980s as the first of a new generation of media and arts-based clubs in the capital. They are also co-founders of FLIP, the international literary festival (South America’s first) held annually in Parati, Brazil.
Genevieve Christie worked in television production for more than 20 years. Trained at the BBC, she worked at London Weekend Television as an associate producer on a raft of factual programmes including Aspel & Co, the Audience With…series and the Baftas. Subsequently as a freelance producer/writer she formed her own independent production company Carey St Productions. In collaboration with John Christie she had commissioned many co-productions between UK and international broadcasters including Addicted to Death –The Harold Shipman Story, the long running series Tales from the Black Museum, The Great Nazi Cash Swindle and Discovery’s Queen Mary II – Birth of a Legend.
As a maker of artists’ books since 1975 John Christie has produced more than 20 limited editions for both the renowned Circle Press and his own imprint Objectif. He co-authored, with John Berger, the award-winning book I Send You This Cadmium Red.
His prints, drawings and artists’ books are in many collections worldwide including the Tate Gallery, the V & A and MOMA, New York.
As a director and cameraman his TV programmes include Another Way of Telling, a BBC series on photography made in collaboration with John Berger and Jean Mohr; Salvage of Soho Photographer, a C4 documentary on John Deakin and First Hand, a series of seven films based on literary manuscripts from the British Library.