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Born in Hanover, Germany, Philip Mann moved to England in 1988 where he acquired a degree in the History of Art (First Class Honours). He went on to work with the Archigram group of architects, curating their major retrospective in Vienna in 1994. Since then he has written for various publications, notably Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Vogue. He is often invited to lecture about matters sartorial-dandiaecal in Vienna, New York, Bern and, of course, London. Mann has worked intermittently since 1998 on The Dandy at Dusk — Taste and Melancholy in the 20th Century, published by Head of Zeus, with a Preface by Nicky Haslam, (October, 2017).
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Born in St Louis, Jamika Ajalon moved to London where she received an MA in Cultural Theory & Media from Goldsmiths. Her short stories have been anthologised in Kin (Serpent's Tail) and Afrekete (Doubleday, NY). Her poetry has been published in the collections Bittersweet (Serpent's Tail), Modern Love (Renaissance 1) and Velocity (Black Spring Press).
As a performance poet, she has appeared with the Urban Poets, Tony Allen Band, The Shrine, in LIFT and numerous DJs as well as solo at London venues and across Europe. Her lyrical collaboration with French dub group Zenzile, influenced by roots dub poetry and afro-beat music, was a fruitful one, covering twelve years and eight albums. Her first solo album Helium Balloon Illusions was released in France in 2007. She formed Jamika & the Argonauts in 2016. Jamika lives in Paris. Album(s)
M. V. Diboll was a motorcycle courier in and around Bermondsey, London, during the 1970s, and edited the anarcho-punk fanzines No Real Reason and Toxic Graffity. He became interested in The Koran in the 1980s and contributed to The Crescent International, but eventually went into higher education as a mature student. In the early 1990's, Diboll studied at the American University in Cairo; returned to London; and received his PhD in 2001. He holds a First in Modern Languages, majoring in Arabic, and lectures/researches in Comparative Literature in the Middle East. His articles and essays have appeared in numerous media publications, and academic works released by Routledge and the University of Manchester Press. He is married with two children and lives in East Sussex.