(listed in order of surname; guest contributors' bios feature below their articles)
Paul Flux is a retired primary headteacher with a BA (Hons) in Art and History and an M. Ed and MA in Art History (the latter two from Bristol University). He has published numerous art and history books for children, including biographies of Matisse, Seurat, and Kandinsky. Favourite artists include Bomberg, Gertler, Vermeer, and Rembrandt. Enjoys Somerset county cricket and plays at the Globe. Fascinated by all things James Boswell, especially his journals, and also likes Stella Gibbons, Saki, and John Cowper Powys. Music tastes range from the Grateful Dead and Tom Waits to Let’s Eat Grandma and Eliza Carthy.
Neil Jackson is a writer and publisher living in Newcastle upon Tyne and is the creator of the Post-Nearly Press conversations series, featuring Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit, Andrew Kötting, Alan Moore, and Stewart Lee. His ambient fiction Dawson in Wonderland is published by Voices In A Lane, and his prose and art feature in the Chroma Editions hardback compilation From Tarmac To Towpath: Excursions Into Lockdown. Neil has written for Albion since 2008, frequently leaning towards psychogeography in English culture, the cinema of New Wave realism, and the “reforgotten” novelists of the mid twentieth century.
Mark Jones lives in Greater Manchester and is a long-term civil servant. Buys far too many books. Crashing Beatles bore but also likes Van Der Graaf Generator, The Jam and Gerald Finzi. MA in Art History with an especial interest in William Blake and Cézanne. Skivvy for the cat (Benny). Favourite place: the RSC (Stratford) bar twenty minutes before curtain up. The Sopranos is the greatest TV show ever (and that’s a fact). Favourite websites: Monoskop, UbuWeb and Archive.Org. Hopes to eventually run a ramshackle incense-ridden second-hand bookshop, whilst sporting harem trousers and a plaited beard.
Em Marshall-Luck first pursued her passion for music at St Paul’s Girls’ School; after reading Greats at Brasenose College, Oxford she set up The English Music Festival and, subsequently, EM Records and EM Publishing. She is the author of the book Music in the Landscape and is regularly interviewed about British composers on BBC Radio 4 (amongst other stations). Apart from music (classical, jazz, world and folk), her joys include walking the countryside with her husband, son, and Irish Wolfhound; exploring castles and other historical sites; travelling; and a decent red wine before an open fire.
Isabel Taylor is the founding and executive editor of Albion, an avid reader and long-distance knitter. She collects books and languages and enjoys sailing. Her favourite place is the Northumberland coast on a windy summer’s day, ideally in conjunction with some fish and chips. Other hobbies include music, forest walks, baking, music, old radio comedy (especially the Goons), museums, and theatre. However, her greatest happiness is running the magazine and working with this wonderful team —nothing beats the excitement of seeing a brilliant piece of copy for the first time.
Mary Thaler lives in Quebec, Canada. In addition to working as a translator and lay preacher, she has travelled by ship through remote Arctic regions for her job as an environmental microbiologist. She is writing an historical novel about a nineteenth-century expedition to the North Pole. For fun, she swims in summer, skis in winter, darns old socks and sweaters, makes sauerkraut, and reads trashy romance novels. You can visit her website at marythaler.wordpress.com to find fiction, poetry, essays, and comics.
James R. Turner is a music and media journalist with a BA (Hons) in Media Studies from Sheffield Hallam. He has written about music and popular culture since 1994, for the Classic Rock Society magazine, The Digital Fix, and others, and is a founding writer of Albion. His articles feature in two Cult TV compilations and a David Bowie anthology, and his debut book Roy Wood, the Move, ELO and Wizzard: Every Album, Every Song appeared in December 2020. He lives in South-West England with his fiancée Charlotte, two dogs, three cats, and endless CDs, Blu-Rays and books.