Laughing with Lizzie
Sophie Andrews runs the popular Jane Austen fan blog Laughing with Lizzie, a destination for thousands of 'Janeities' to share their love and passion for all things Jane Austen. Sophie is often asked to edit and review new Austen-related publications, and every year participates in the annual Jane Austen festivals in Chawton and Bath. She is also an audiobook narrator and is a volunteer at the National Trust historical house. Sophie's love of Jane and her writing began after she saw the 2005 film version of Pride & Prejudice and through her studies of Jane's novels in English classes as a high school student.
Film & Television Director
Simon Langton is a British film and television director who directed the iconic 1995 BBC TV adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. Simon's career in film and television spans over 40-years and has directed over 70 productions. His directorial credits including Smiley's People (nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy in 1982), Mother's Love (winner of a BAFTA in 1989), Rosemary and Thyme and Midsomer Murders.
Composer & Playwright
Amanda Jacobs is an American composer and playwright who produced the award-winning 2011 production of Austen's Pride: A Musical. The production won the Stage Entertainment Award and the Most Promising Musical Award at the New York Musical Theatre Awards 2011 and had its world premiere at the La Mirada Theatre for Performing Arts in 2014. Amanda became a representative for the Jane Austen Society of North America in 2014 and runs programs and workshops that promote arts-based activities to children and adolescents experiencing educational and psychosocial issues.
Jane Odiwe is a British author with a special interest in writing novels inspired by Jane Austen's works. Her books continue the stories of beloved characters like Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Mr. Darcy's Secret (Sourcebooks Landmark, 2010), or tell Jane Austen's own story in Project Darcy (White Soup Press, 2013) and Searching for Captain Wentworth (Paintbox Publishing, 2012). Jane has taught in the Midlands and London for some years now and is a member of the Jane Austen Society in UK.
John Wiltshire is an Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has been an enthusiast for Jane Austen all his life, and published the widely read and praised Jane Austen and the Body (Cambridge University Press) in 1992. Since then John has published Recreating Jane Austen (Cambridge University Press) in 2001, The Hidden Jane Austen (Cambridge University Press) in 2014 and edited Mansfield Park in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen in 2005. John has published many articles on all aspects of Jane Austen and her life and is a popular speaker and has addressed many audiences on Jane Austen all over the world. John has also studied medicine and nursing and has published works on these topics.