Based in Brighton and London, Louise works as a freelance semiotics analyst and copywriter. She began her career in 1996 as a trainee copywriter in recruitment advertising, before joining a creative start-up that promised much more fun. While experiencing at first hand the creative-industry boom of the late 90s, Louise also completed a PhD in French studies and taught at London University. It didn’t seem possible to keep up such a happily double existence until she discovered commercial semiotics – enabling her to apply theoretical thinking outside the institutional setting of academia.
Author, critic, on the faculty of Tourism & Women's Studies at the Welsh campus of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Benllech, Anglesey. One of Opal's main areas of research is cross-dressing and subjectivity in Welsh political activism, with special reference to the Rebecca Riots of the 1830s and 1840s. She is also a postmodern cake designer creating fantastic icing sculptures with alcoves wherein may be displayed actual cake. Much acclaimed & decorated internationally, with awards for her work at the interface of patisserie, cultural insight & cyborg theory.
Benllech, Anglesey, UK
Jeff Thompson is a nonverbal communication specialist and is currently conducting research on nonverbal communication towards a PhD at Griffith University Law School. Jeff is also a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective as well as an internationally certified mediator. Read more on Jeff’s research at www.NonverbalPhD.com and his mediation work at www.EnjoyMediation.com. Additionally, you can follow him on twitter: @NonverbalPhD.