Philip Stevens is a film and theatre director, writer and producer. His work has been selected for festivals around the world and has won numerous international awards, including a Royal Television Society award for best short drama, a Celtx Seeds award, a BUFVC award, and selection into the British Society of Cinematographers New Cinematography night. His 2016 ‘The Knock’, starring BAFTA nominee Nico Mirallegro (The Village, My Mad Fat Diary, Rillington Place) recently won Best UK Short at The Nottingham International Film Festival. He also produces and directs documentaries, the most recent of which include ‘Bank’s Endeavour’, a short documentary about the life of Sir Joseph Banks, featuring Sir David Attenborough; 'The Road to Rome', a feature-length television documentary narrated by Sir Ian McKellen; and the short ‘Last Post’ with poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. His theatre work includes ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, ‘The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes’, ‘The Jungle Book’ UK and China tours, and ‘The Secret Garden’. His recent tour of ‘A Christmas Carol’ for Chapterhouse Theatre Company played to sell-out audiences at the British Museum. Philip is currently in post-production with his debut feature film Lapwing, starring Emmett Scanlan (The Fall, Guardians of the Galaxy, Beowulf) Sebastian De Souza (Ophelia, The Borgias), and Hannah Douglas (Far From the Madding Crowd, Clownface).
Giles Kristian's first historical novels were the acclaimed and bestselling RAVEN Viking trilogy – Blood Eye, Sons of Thunder and Odin’s Wolves. For his next series, he drew on a long-held fascination with the English Civil War to chart the fortunes of a family divided by this brutal conflict in The Bleeding Land and Brothers’ Fury. Giles also co-wrote Wilbur Smith’s No.1 bestseller, Golden Lion. In his newest novels – God of Vengeance (a TIMES Book of the Year), Winter’s Fire, and the Historical Writers’ Association Gold Crown shortlisted Wings of the Storm – he returns to the world of the Vikings to tell the story of Sigurd and his celebrated fictional fellowship. Giles’s next novel, Lancelot, will be published in the summer of 2018.
As well being a full-time novelist, Giles has reviewed for The Times and is a narrative designer for two video game studios. His latest gaming work is for Valnir Rok, a multiplayer online survival role-playing game which has recently launched on Steam. He was the writer/producer on the award-nominated short film The Last Viking, and executive producer of the feature film Lapwing, which is currently in post-production.