Stephen Fry is a much-loved British comedian, actor, writer, director, presenter and activist. His acting roles have included Golden Globe Award–nominated performances and some of the nation’s favourite TV characters, from Blackadder’s Melchett to long-suffering valet…

Author of: In Our Time Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn…

Author of: A Short Affair Elizabeth Day is the author of four novels. Her acclaimed debut Scissors, Paper, Stone, won a Betty Trask Award and Home Fires was an Observer book of the year. She is…

Author of: A Short Affair Simon Oldfield is Artistic Director and Co-founder of Pin Drop, the short fiction and arts studio that presents world-renowned authors, artists, actors and thinkers at iconic institutions across the globe….

Eliza Bonham Carter is head of the Royal Academy Schools. The RA Schools offer the only three-year postgraduate fine art course in the UK, which is free. There are around 17 students in each year.

Author of: Something in the Water Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London. She is known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Tutankhamun, starring alongside Sam Neill, as well as shows…