Steve Blandford is a Professor of Theatre, Film and Television and Director of the Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations at the Cardiff School of Creative and Cultural Industries at the University of Glamorgan. He has published widely on theatre, film and television, particularly in relation to national identities. His books include Wales on Screen (2000) and Film Drama and the Break-Up of Britain (2007). He is a published playwright and a founding member of the Board of Trustees of National Theatre Wales. He has been a frequent contributor to Planet for many years, particularly in the field of contemporary theatre in Wales.
Stevie Davies is Professor of Creative Writing at Swansea University, her home town. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Fellow of the Welsh Academy. Stevie has published widely in the fields of fiction, literary criticism, biography and popular history. The Element of Water (2001) was long-listed for the Booker and Orange Prizes and won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year. Her new novel, Into Suez, set in the years leading up to the ‘Suez Crisis’ of 1956, was published by Parthian in 2010. Her website is www.steviedavies.com
Gorwel Owen is a musician/recording engineer and teaches arts and music with the Open University. He writes and performs songs with his wife Fiona (CD releases: In Between and Spring Always Comes), has recorded and performed on several albums by Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci and many others, and improvises in various ensembles including the trio KOO. He is eclectic in his musical interests: his first two Planet articles were about the triple-harpist Llio Rhydderch and the free-improvisor Rhodri Davies. He holds a BA in Humanities from the Open University and an MA in Music from Bangor. When not creating or capturing sound waves, or talking about them, he enjoys converting waves from the sun into tasty and colourful things in the garden.
Mike Parker is a writer and broadcaster, based near Machynlleth. He is the author of Coast to Coast, his tale of two summers spent sailing around the Welsh coast, the cult Neighbours from Hell? - English attitudes to the Welsh, Map Addict, a eulogy to his lifelong love affair with the Ordnance Survey, and The Wild Rover, a personal celebration of the place of the humble footpath in our life, landscape and culture. He is also working on Real Powys, part of the groundbreaking series of Welsh psychogeography. He has written and presented various TV and radio series, including Coast to Coast and Great Welsh Roads (ITV Wales), The Trouble with Tourists (BBC Radio Wales) and On the Map (BBC Radio 4).
James Stewart teaches journalism and radio at the University of Glamorgan. He has published research on radio and journalism in Romania and Moldova. He worked for 30 years as a journalist and broadcaster - on newspapers, for BBC radio and television, and for ITV. He was on the staff of Rebecca magazine, was the BBC's Environment Correspondent in Wales, and a producer and programme editor for ITV's Wales This Week. He trained journalists in eastern and central Europe in the 1990s. He first contributed to Planet in the 1980s.
Mary-Ann Constantine published her first collection of short stories titled The Breathing in 2010