Patience (After Sebald)


Tacita Dean

Tacita Dean is an English visual artist who works primarily in film. She is one of the Young British Artists, and was a nominee for the Turner Prize in 1998.

William Firebrace

William Firebrace is an architect, and teaches in various London schools of architecture. He has published one book, Things Worth Seeing (Black Dog 2001), has completed a second, Awake, and is now finishing a third, Marseille Mix.

Dan Gretton

Dan Gretton is a co-director and co-founder of the pioneering arts and social sciences group PLATFORM. His book Desk Killer, examines the world of the bureaucrats, planners and businessmen who colluded in the Holocaust.

Barbara Hui

Barbara Hui's work lies at the intersection of the humanities and digital technology: she holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and has also been a computer programmer for many years. Before coming to the CDL, she worked at the UC Humanities Research Institute, and was also a developer on several digital humanities projects including Hypercities and The Danish Folklore Data Nexus.

Arthur Lubow

Arthur Lubow is an American journalist best known for his 1992 biographyThe Reporter Who Would Be King: A Biography of Richard Harding Davis, and as a writer forThe New York Times Magazine.

Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is a British travel writer and literary critic, and author of Mountains of the Mind; The Wild Places and The Old Ways (2012). Educated at Nottingham High School, Pembroke College, Cambridge and Magdalen College, Oxford, he is currently a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and teaches in the Faculty of English at Cambridge. Worked for BBC, Granta, and Guardian.

Christopher MacLehose

Sebald’s first British Publisher, Christopher MacLehose was previously Publisher of the Harvill Press for 21 years. During his illustrious career he has published works by Raymond Carver, Richard Ford, Peter Høeg, Henning Mankell, Haruki Murakami and W.G. Sebald. In 2006 he was given the LIBF Lifetime Achievement Award for International Publishing.


Jeremy Millar

Jeremy Millar is an artist living in Whitstable and tutor in art criticism at the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including Tramway, Glasgow; NGCA, Sunderland; CCA, Vilnius; Rooseum, Malmö; Bloomberg Space, London; and the Metropole Galleries, Folkestone.

Katie Mitchell

Katrina Jane Mitchell OBE is an English theatre director. She is an Associate of the Royal National Theatre. Mitchell was raised in Hermitage, Berkshire and educated at Oakham School. Upon leaving Oakham she went up to Magdalen College, Oxford to read English. She is particularly inspired by Eastern European theatre and by choreographers such as Pina Bausch and Siobhan Davies.

Sir Andrew Motion

Sir Andrew Motion, FRSL is an English poet, novelist and biographer, who presided as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009.The Independentdescribes the stalwart poet as the "charming and tireless defender of the art form". Motion has won the Arvon Prize, the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, Eric Gregory Award, Whitbread Prize for Biography and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Rick Moody

Rick Moody is an American novelist and short story writer best known for the 1994 novelThe Ice Storm, a chronicle of the dissolution of two suburban Connecticut families over Thanksgiving weekend in 1973, which brought widespread acclaim, became a bestseller, and was made into a feature film of the same title. Pieces written inThe New Yorker,Esquire,Conjunctions,Harper's,Details,The New York Times, andGrand Street.

Lise Patt

Los Angeles-based artist and curator Lise Patt directs the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, the mission of which is "to educate the public about the visual methods used in society to describe and discuss cultural phenomena." The ICI sponsors art projects, performances, exhibitions, symposia, and publications related to its major areas of interest, which include the AIDS pandemic, obsolete technologies, and marginal cultural figures. The ICI published the pathbreaking Searching for Sebald: Photography after WG Sebald (2007).


Chris Petit

Chris Petit is an English novelist and film-maker. During the 1970s he was Film Editor forTime Outand wrote inMelody Maker. His 1982 filmAn Unsuitable Job for a Womanwas entered into the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival.

Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is a British child psychotherapist, literary critic and essayist. He is known for his books dealing with topics related to psychoanalysis. Phillips is also the general editor of the second Penguin edition of the selected works of Sigmund Freud and a contributor to theLondon Review of Books.

Michael Silverblatt

Michael Silverblatt is the host ofBookworm, a nationally syndicated radio program about books and literature, originating from Los Angeles public radio station KCRW. A graduate of SUNY Buffalo, Silverblatt created the half-hour interview show in 1989 to share his love of literature, poetry and fiction with the widest possible audience. Underwritten by the Lannan Foundation,Bookwormhas been heard in over a hundred markets coast to coast over the years.

Iain Sinclair

Iain Sinclair FRSL is a British writer and filmmaker. Much of his work is rooted in London, most recently within the influences of psychogeography.

Bill Swainson

Sebald's British Editor, Bill Swainson read English at Leeds University and has worked in publishing since 1976, at John Calder (Publishers) Ltd (1976-80), Allison & Busby (1980-87), Fourth Estate (1987-88) and the Harvill Press (1989-1995). He has also worked as a freelance editor and literary consultant (1996-2000). In 2000 he joined Bloomsbury, a leading independent publisher (winner of the 1999 and 2000 Publisher of the Year awards), where he is currently Senior Commissioning Editor.

Marina Warner

Marina Sarah Warner, CBE, FBA is a British novelist, short story writer, historian and mythographer. She is known for her many non-fiction books relating to feminism and myth. She is currently Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Christopher Woodward

Christopher Woodward took up a new role as Director of the Garden Museum in September 2006. He was previously Director of the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath, and has worked as Assistant Curator at Sir John Soane’s Museum. He is author of the book In Ruins.