Di Harris 

Writer, editor andxxxx broadcaster 

After a degree in Clinical Biochemistry followed by five years of medical research Di moved into the hectic world of medical publishing in the 1980s.

Four years of jet setting to international medical conferences and a year of PR for a medical professional body were followed by a year in a children’s publisher to gain some marketing skills and then Di launched into her freelance career, which over time has meandered from the world of medicine, via the voluntary sector to the not so tranquil waters of the inland waterways and tourism.

Di was news editor of a national waterways magazine before re-launching The Butty for the K&A Canal Trust in 2005 and winning the Tom Rolt Award in 2006. She has a series of books in production.

Di also has a passion for the theatre and sat on the board of Sixth Sense Theatre for Young People, standing down in 2013 after 20 years with more than 10 years as Chair. She is currently negotiating for the publishing rights of several new, and not so new, plays.

Bob Naylor 

Photojournalist, singer and musician

Bob has a photographic career that spans 50 years but in recent years he is spending more time designing and editing books and magazines.

He sold his first pictures while he was still at school and he has never considered photography to be anything other than a hard, exhausting job.

He trained at the Berkshire School of Art and Design and he is perhaps best know for his folk archive, mostly from the 1970s and 80s, and for his work covering protest action against Cruise missiles at Greenham Common and on Salisbury Plain in the 1980s. 

After 17 years as an editorial photographer in provincial newspapers, Bob returned to the life of a full-time freelance in 1998 and in recent years he has built up an impressive photographic library of the waterways of England and France.
There are few who get to to hear Bob sing or play the guitar or melodeon these days…  but his musical skills remain the subject of many a tale told on the K&A Canal of eerie music drifting across the water on a still, crisp evening.

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