Dr. Tamas Barcsay

Born in Budapest. Spent his early childhood on the family property at Gilau (Gyalu), Transylvania. Grew up in Toronto Canada. Holds degrees from the University of Toronto and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. Professor Emeritus of History at Ryerson University, Toronto. Senior Associate Member of St. Antonys College, Oxford 1987. Former Director and Programme Chairman of the Atlantic Council of Canada, Chairman of the Toronto Branch, Canadian Institute of International Affairs.


Maria Berza

Writer, literary translator, editor, cultural policy expert. Studies: M.A., University of Bucharest, Modern Languages Department. Professional background, selected: Vice-president Pro Patrimonio Foundation, Europa Nostra expert, State Secretary, Romanian Ministry of Culture, expert and rapporteur for cultural policy of the Council of Europe, Executive Director Fulbright Commission Romania and previously Open Society Fund; editor. Published works: books/short stories in anthologies, translated from English, French, Spanish – literature, memoirs, history, history of civilization (e.g. Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Claire Lalouette, Andre Clot, Robert Merle, Julio Cortazar, Sacheverell Sitwell, Coetzee, Queen Marie of Romania); prefaces, literary comments, articles, interviews. Rapporteur and participant in international conferences on cultural policy and cooperation. Member of the Writers’ Union of Romania since 1990.


Denisa Comanescu

Denisa Comanescu (b. 1954, Buzau) (family name Prelipceanu) has coordinated a series of world literature, "Biblioteca Polirom," at Polirom Publishing House since 2001, but has been an editor for more than twenty years. After her debut in the literary journal Romania literara in 1975, Izgonirea din Paradise (Banishment from Paradise, 1979), her first book of poetry, won the Debut Prize of the Writers' Union. Since then she has published four more volumes of poetry which enjoy a wide readership both in Romania and abroad and have garnered numerous accolades. A distinguished translator, she has published selections of Alan Brownjohn's and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin's poetry and edited the bilingual Romanian/Polish anthology, Strong-28 Women Poets of Romania (1999). She is currently working on an anthology of Romanian women's poetry composed between 1960-2003.


Dr Marius-Mircea Crișan

Dr Marius-Mircea Crișan (PhD 2008 University of Turin, Italy) is Associate Professor at the West University of Timișoara. He is the author of The Birth of the Dracula Myth: Bram Stoker’s Transylvania and The Impact of a Myth: Dracula and the Fictional Representation of the Romanian Space – nominated for the Debut Prize of the Union of the Romanian Writers – Timișoara Branch, as well as of Syntheses of Didactics of Romanian language and literature: Introductory coordinates and research perspectives. He was the manager of the research project The impact of a Myth: Dracula and the Image of Romania in British and American Literatures (2011-2013). He has written several articles on the Dracula myth and book chapters for international publishing houses. He also publishes on Imagology, reception theories and Didactics, and is co-author of An Imagological Dictionary of the Cities in Romania Represented in British Travel and Dictionary of the Writers of the Banat. Marius Crișan is also chair of the International Conference Beliefs and Behaviours in Education and Culture and organiser of the International Workshop Where’s the Place of Dracula: (De)Constructing Stereotypes in the Study of Mythical Places in Literature and the Arts.


Alex Drace-Francis

Alex Drace-Francis is Associate Professor of the Literary and Cultural History of Modern Europe at the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). He has published several book on Romanian cultural history including The Making of Modern Romanian Culture (2006; in Romanian as Geneza culturii romane moderne, 2016) and The Traditions of Invention. With Wendy Bracewell he has edited several books on European travel writing, including Where to Go in Europe (2013), a transnational anthology of travellers' toilet experiences.


Dan Draghicescu

Since 1998, Dan has been involved in producing more than 400 TV advertising spots in Romania and abroad for key clients/brands, including the first online TV series produced locally. Viata in 3 in 2010. He spent twelve years in WPP (Grey and David Ogilvy) and for Centrade Saatchi & Saatchi and has focused on independent history film projects. In 2010 he established is own film production company PINK STRIPE Group and also started doing film production. He challenged himself to follow his passion for movie making, and at the beginning of 2011, was the Executive Producer for a short movie: Transylvania Girl.


Ion Florescu

Ion Florescu is an Anglo-Romanian entrepreneur, journalist and historian. He has worked as a journalist covering international politics both in the US and the UK as well as for the London-based merchant bank Schroders. He was the CEO of the first investment bank to be set up in Romania. In 1997 set up his own private equity business and has been involved in the acquisition, management and sale of a number of Romanian businesses. He has recently contributed a number of articles for Historia, the Romanian historical magazine.


Prof. Filip-Lucian Iorga

Filip-Lucian Iorga, Ph.D. (b. 1982) is a Romanian historian and writer, who studied in Bucharest and Paris. He is an expert of the Romanian Cultural Institute and a member of the Romanian Institute for Genealogy and Heraldry. He published 10 books focused on the history of Romanian aristocracy.


Dragos Lumpan

Dragos Lumpan graduated from the National University of Theater and Film, Film Faculty with M.F.A. in Cinematography in 2001 He has exhibited his work in many solo and group exhibitions worldwide and since 2003 has been a contributor to National Geographic. His photographs are held in both private and public collections and his latest, among many, ongoing project Last Transhumance has been developed over many years, culminating in a successful crowdfunding appeal.


Arabella McIntyre Brown

In 2008 British business journalist Arabella McIntyre-Brown left Liverpool for a hermit’s life in a Carpathian mountain village. The book, A stake in Transylvania, explains why she moved and why she stayed.


Philip Mansel

Dr. Philip Mansel was born in London in 1951 and has lived in London , Paris, Beirut and Istanbul. He is a historian of France and the Middle East, focussing on courts and cities. His books include lives of Louis XVIII (1981) and the Austrian Field Marshal, the Prince de Ligne (2003); Dressed to Rule , a study of the politics of clothes (2005); a history of Paris as capital of nineteenth-century Europe, Paris between Empires (2001); and The Eagle in Splendour; Inside the Court of Napoleon (reprint 2015). He has also written on Constantinople as capital of the Ottoman Empire, Constantinople, City of the World’s Desire (1995); a history of Smyrna, Alexandria and Beirut, Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean (2010); and , most recently, a history of Aleppo since the Ottoman conquest in 1516. Aleppo, the Rise and Fall of Syria’s Great Merchant City (2016). His books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Greek and Arabic. He writes for The Spectator, The Art Newspaper and the Times Literary Supplement. In 2012 he received the London Library Life in Literature award. He is currently writing a life of Louis XIV.


Ramona Mitrică

Ramona Mitrică is director of a major Romanian film festival in London, has a publishing house publishing Romanian novels of suspense and crime, she runs an artistic consultancy firm and has a goal in which she strongly believes: to promote Romanian culture, to show the world that Romanians exist.


Dr Ruxandra Nemteanu

Ruxandra Nemțeanu, Bucharest architect, expert in historical monuments, licensed architect and Doctoral Degree (PhD) at „Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urban Planning, over 50 architectural and historical studies related to historic monuments buildings, author of the volume The Neo-Romanian-style Villa. An Expression of the Search for a Native Model in Individual Urban Dwelling, associate professor at the Faculty of Architecture, Spiru Haret University in Bucharest.


Alan Ogden

Alan first went to Romania in 1991 to induct government officials into the mysteries of privatisation. Seemingly trapped in a series of flying visits to Bucharest, he broke the mould in 1998 and set off from England in an ancient Land Rover to explore Romania proper. The outcome was Romania Revisited: on the trail of English Travelers 1604-1940, which was followed by Fortresses of Faith: an illustrated history of the Kirchenburgs of Transylvania and Revelations of Byzantium: the painted churches and monasteries of Moldavia. His next two books, Winds of Sorrow and Moons and Aurochs, are the sum of all his journeys around the country.


Still an indefatigable Romanian traveler, Alan produces the occasional samizdat such as A Romanian Romance: PLF in Romania 1934-39 and A Pocket Guide to Count Miklós Bánffy’s Transylvanian Trilogy.


He lives in London and Sussex.


Michael O’Sullivan

Michael O’Sullivan was introduced to Patrick Leigh Fermor’s writings in Vienna in the early 1980s. He was curating the first major exhibition on the life and work of W.H. Auden in the Künstlerhaus where met an exiled Hungarian aristocrat whose friends had known Leigh Fermor in Hungary in 1934. His book Patrick Leigh Fermor : Noble Encounters between Budapest and Transylvania is the first full-length study of the time the author spent in Hungary and Transylvania in 1934. He has lived in Vienna, Marrakesh, Budapest and Dublin and has been a foreign correspondent, broadcaster and biographer. He is currently writing a biography of the Hungarian author and statesman Miklós Bánffy (with Bánffy’s great-nephew, Tamás Barcsay).


Dr. Mária Pakucs

Mária PAKUCS (PhD) is a researcher with the “Nicolae Iorga” Institute of History – Romanian Academy, in Bucharest. Her research interests focus on trade history in South-Eastern Europe in the sixteenth and seveteenth centuries, and on the social and urban history of early modern Transylvania. Her publications include a book based on the customs accounts of Sibiu: Sibiu-Hermannstadt. Oriental Trade in Sixteenth Century Transylvania, and an edition of the first town protocol book of Sibiu/Hermannstadt.


Bronwen Riley

Bronwen Riley is Editor of English Heritage Red Guides and is working on a new book Journey to Roman Britain, to be published by Head of Zeus in 2014. She was born and bred in Lancashire, mainly in a beach hut on Morecambe Bay, where she still escapes to write. After Classics at Oxford, she worked for Country Life where she introduced Saint of the Week and wrote obituaries for the Daily Telegraph, specialising in circus folk and Anglo-Irish peers. In the 1990s she split her time between high fashion Tatler and country fashion Transylvania where she lived with woodcutters in the Carpathians. She then took an MA in Byzantine Art at the Courtauld and wrote Transylvania (Frances Lincoln, 2008). She now lives in London but can be found roaming Lancashire and Westmorland with her daughter by bicycle, horse or Mini.


Other publications include the English Heritage Red Guide to Great Yarmouth Row Houses and Greyfriars’ Cloister and Cloth Fair Chambers: A History.


Bronwen also gives lectures and talks on her travels in Romania and as a guidebook editor.