Anna Chen was born and raised in Hackney, east London, to a Chinese father and Dagenham mother. She freelances as a writer and performer, makes documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and is a presenter for the alternative radio station Resonance FM. Her stage shows include Suzy Wrong: Human Cannon at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Steampunk Opium Wars at the National Maritime Museum, and Anna May Wong Must Die!. She is a regular at the St Ives Festivals and blogs at Madam Miaow Says, madammiaow.blogspot.co.uk, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010. Her website is annachen.co.uk.
Charles Shaar Murray was born in London in 1951, and began his career in 1970 as one of the participants in the notorious Oz Schoolkids’ Issue. He joined New Musical Express two years later and eventually became NME’s associate editor before returning to freelancing in 1981. He is the author of Crosstown Traffic (1989), a critical study of the life and work of Jimi Hendrix (new edition 2012) and Boogie Man (2000), a biography of John Lee Hooker (new edition 2011). His first novel, The Hellhound Sample, was published in 2011. His website is charlesshaarmurray.com.
Paul Anderson was born in 1959 in Edinburgh and grew up in Suffolk. He was deputy editor of European Nuclear Disarmament Journal 1984-87, reviews editor of Tribune 1986-91 and then editor 1991-93, deputy editor of New Statesman & Society 1993-96, news editor of Red Pepper 1997-99 and deputy editor of New Times 1999-2000. He writes a column for Tribune and works as a freelance writer, editor and lecturer. He wrote Safety First: The Making of New Labour with Nyta Mann (1997) and compiled and edited Orwell in Tribune: ‘As I Please’ and Other Writings (2006). He blogs at Gauche, libsoc.blogspot.com.