Stephen Hart is Professor of Latin American Film, Literature and Culture at University College London. He has published widely on the life and work of César Vallejo, including César Vallejo: A Literatury Biography (2013), as well as founding the Centre of César Vallejo Studies at UCL. He has been awarded an Order of Merit by the Peruvian State and elected as a Corresponding Member of the Peruvian Academy of Language. He has recently published a new biography of Santa Rosa de Lima and a critical edition of Santa Rosa’s Apostolic Process in a research project funded jointly by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust.
Robin Wallis is a consultant on Spanish teaching and examining who has lived, worked and travelled in Spain and Latin America. Like Stephen, he gained a First in Modern Languages from Downing College, Cambridge, before taking a Master’s in International Relations and embarking on a career in the diplomatic service. He has been Chief Examiner for Pre-U Spanish and led the Spanish Departments of two schools into teaching the qualification. He is a tour lecturer for UK visitors to the Spanish-speaking world and has facilitated community support projects between institutions in the UK and the developing world.
Francisco Compan graduated in Philology at the University of Oviedo in his native Spain before moving to Dorset over ten years ago. He is currently Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Canford School, a Principal Examiner for Cambridge Assessment and an exam board consultant with an interest in Spanish and Latin American literature and linguistics. He is also involved in teacher training for UK and international language courses.
Belén Sánchez Alonso is a philologist and Spanish teacher working at Rugby School. She was a dual linguist who developed an early interest in languages during her time at school. Her passion for teaching led her to study a BA in Spanish Philology and a BA in English Philology at the University of Salamanca, and, to some extent, to move to the UK. To her, the UK is not only her host country but also her new ‘home’. She is also currently working as a codifier for the Corpus del español del Siglo XXI belonging to RAE (Real Academia Española).
Sander Berg is Head of Spanish at Westminster School. He studied French and Linguistics in his native Amsterdam. In his late twenties he fell in love with Spanish and spent seven summers working as a tour guide in Latin America. He has also travelled widely in Spain. Fifteen years ago he moved to England, where he embarked upon a part-time BA in Spanish and Portuguese at Birkbeck. This was followed by a PhD on the seventeenth-century novella writer María de Zayas. His thesis is due to be published later this year. He has also translated a variety of literary and academic texts, amongst others a book on El Greco, Candide, Chrétien de Troyes’s Lancelot and Elsschot’s novella Cheese.
Nathanial Gardner is a tenured-academic at the University of Glasgow. His doctoral studies at University College London focused on the methods writers used to represent marginal classes in contemporary Mexico. This led him to publish books and articles on the works of Elena Poniatowska and other Mexican women writers such as Laura Esquivel and Silvia Molina as well as branching into the study of photography as a way of understanding text-image relations in Latin America. Nathanial is the author of a critical guide on Como agua para chocolate which was originally published by Grant and Cutler as has since been republished by the Bulletin of Advanced Spanish and the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo.
Alfredo Benito is a half journalist-half Spanish teacher working currently in London in both fields. Graduated in Journalism at the University Complutense of Madrid, he worked as a radio and TV journalist for different Spanish media until 2012. His passion for teaching and the arrival of the economic crisis led him to become a teacher, firstly doing an intensive course at Cervantes Institute and immediately afterwards getting a Masters degree in secondary school teaching. Now, he is combining his work as an Assistant Spanish Teacher at City of London School with his work as a freelancer TV correspondent in London for several Spanish broadcast TV stations.