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Sir Alan Ayckbourn
playwright

A playwright and theatre director, to date Sir Alan Ayckbourn has written 85 plays. His latest play, The Girl Next Door, premieres in June 2021 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT).

Joe Cornish
photographer

Joe Cornish is a British photographer noted for his large format landscapes.

Alan Hinkes
mountaineer

Alan Hinkes OBE is an English Himalayan high-altitude mountaineer from Northallerton in North Yorkshire.

Carenza Lewis
archaeologist

Carenza Lewis is an archaeologist and Professor for the Public Understanding of Research at the University of Lincoln. She specialises in the medieval period and is particularly interested in rural settlement and childhood.

Joann Fletcher
egyptologist

Joann Fletcher is an Egyptologist and an honorary visiting professor in the department of archaeology at the University of York.

Paul Rose
explorer

Paul is former Vice President of the Royal Geographical Society, environmentalist, diver, TV presenter and recipient of HM The Queen's Polar Medal.

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