chief editor, author
Adrian is from Manchester (UK) but has spent most of his adult life in Italy. He has taught general and business English, along with academic English to international PhD students. He is the author of three discussion books for Cambridge University Press, four business English courses for Oxford University Press, along with six books for the BBC, Scholastic and BEP. He is the editor and author of the English for Academic Research series for Springer Nature (with around 2.7 million legal downloads). His main interests are etymology and music (ECM jazz, early Can, John Martyn, King Crimson, Abul Mogard).
Anna has a BA Hons degree in French and Sociology, and postgraduate certificates in Development Studies, Public Health, and TEFL. She has worked as: Project Manager for both the British Council and the United Nations, both in the UK and overseas; ii) a freelance researcher for Carlton Television and the charity Crisis; iii) a researcher and Project Manager for the British National Health Service. Her publication record includes four ESL (Japan) books co-authored for the BBC, a photocopiable resource book co-authored for Scholastic, ten programme support guides for Carlton Television, two public reports for the charity Crisis, a community work guide for the National Health Service, a scientific paper for the International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, and a self-published novel entitled Not At Home. She lives in Pisa with her husband Adrian Wallwork, along with their son and black labrador.
BOOKS: AUTHORS AND CONTRIBUTORS
Shradha was born in Chhattisgarh (India) in 1996 and speaks fluent English, Hindi, and Italian. She has a Master’s in Space Engineering. As part of her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in India, she also studied scientific and business English. She started teaching English at the age of 17 for an NGO called Make A Difference, which tutors children from challenging backgrounds. For a couple of years she taught English part time in Brescia, Italy. She has written for school magazines and local newspapers since the age of 11, and has experimented through the years with poetry writing. Her other passions are Formula 1, robotics, and cooking. She is currently a sales engineer at a robotics and automation company in Brescia, Italy. Shradha has written many exercises in the books, providing totally new angles on traditional topics of discussion
Matt studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Salford. After getting his CELTA, he began working for Citylangues, a business English school in Paris, and then worked at Bell where he completed his Delta. He now works in higher education. He has a long-standing interest in using controversial subjects to engage students and often laments the lack of published material addressing so-called taboo subjects or ‘PARSNIPs’ (Politics, Alcohol, Religion, Sex/Sexuality, Nudity/Narcotics, Isms and Pork), which led him to conduct some research of his own, concluding that there is both an appetite and need for controversial subjects to be discussed in the EFL classroom. As part of this project, he trialed material from Discussions Volume 3. In his own words: Helping writing this book and subsequently using it in the classroom has helped me to explore more challenging topics, even with (seemingly) less open-minded students. When he isn’t teaching, Matt divides his time between playing the drums, campaigning on local housing issues, and bringing up his two young boys.
Liz studied for her BA in English and American Literature at the University of Kent (2008) followed by an MA in Literary Studies at Aberystwyth University (2011). While studying, she co-hosted student literary conferences and interned at local and national publishing companies, including Honno Press in Wales and Penguin Books in London. Liz has taken on various roles, including: Content Production Manager at Pearson Plc, freelance editor and writer, and Project Manager at the community-focused nonprofit, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee in Wisconsin, USA. She is currently the Grants and Communications Manager at C4K, a youth-serving mentoring nonprofit in Charlottesville, USA. Her experiences living and working both in the UK and US are reflected in her eclectic exercises in four of the books in the Discussions series.
Katie studied English and Creative Writing at Goldsmiths, graduating with First Class Honours. She went on to complete her Masters in the same subject at Royal Holloway University of London, gaining a Distinction. At the time of her contribution to Discussions You’ve Never Had, Katie was teaching English at Wall Street English in Massa (Italy) and working privately with her own students. Katie has since moved back to the UK and is currently writing and planning campaigns for an animal welfare charity. Katie is also a novelist and lives with her husband and two dogs.
Ruairi is a CELTA-qualified English trainer. He was born in Cobh in southern Ireland, but spent a large part of his childhood in Donegal. After completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music in 2001, he moved to Germany in 2003. He has worked for corporate customers in various economic sectors, such as plastic and steel production, pharmaceutical, finance, and insurance. Ruairi started working full time for Learnship as a content writer in 2021 and became Business English Editor in January 2022. Ruairi has also taught business English at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, and specialized in English for the Fashion industry at the Mode Design College Düsseldorf. Check out his blog: www.englishexpert.de
Kirstie Jackson Wilms
Kirstie worked as a face-to-face General English trainer in Oxford before moving to Germany in 2010, where she continued to teach (mainly) Business English online. She joined the Publishing team of an online training provider in 2018. Kirstie holds a CELTA and has recently completed DELTA certification. Her professional interests are in developing learner autonomy through materials writing and classroom practice. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading crime novels, and visiting museums. Check out her blog: https://tefl45.wordpress.com/