Martin Palmer is secretary general of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and with HRH Prince Philip designed the original Assisi Event in 1986, which launched much of the work described in this book. An Anglican Christian, he studied theology and religious studies at Cambridge University. He has written many books on world religions and is a translator of classical Chinese sacred texts such as the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) and Zhuang Zi (Chuang Tzu). He is a regular contributor to BBC radio on religious, ethical, and historical issues.
Victoria Finlay works as media advisor to ARC. She studied social anthropology at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland, and William and Mary, Virginia, after which she joined Reuters. For five years she was arts editor of the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong. Her first book, Colour: Travels through the Paintbox, was published in 2002.