FONDATA contributors

Since its inception in 2020, an incredible line-up of journalists, authors and subject-matter-experts have penned articles for FONDATA. Find out more about these storytellers

Our writers and storytellers

American writer and essayist Adam Gopnik is best known as a staff writer for The New Yorker, to which he has contributed non-fiction, fiction, memoir and criticism since 1986. He was the magazine’s art critic (1987-1995) and the Paris correspondent (1995-2000). His published works include essay collections about Paris, reflections on life in New York, the meaning of food, and children’s novels.

Dylan Jones OBE is a British journalist and author whose career has seen him work for a number of publications. He has been editor of i-D and Arena but is probably best known for his editorship of fashion and lifestyle magazine GQ. He has also penned far too many excellent books to list here. Today, Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of the Evening Standard.

Nicholas Foulkes is a journalist, author and historian. He has written extensively about 19th-century social history as well as the history of luxury goods. He is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair, FT How To Spend It, and The Rake, and is an authority on luxury travel, material culture, timepieces and the arts.

Best known as the fashion editor of The Irish Times, Deirdre McQuillan is an award-winning journalist, author and feature writer based in Dublin. She has worked as a magazine and lifestyle editor, contributed to many international magazines, and authored seven books.

Tamlyn Currin grew up in Zimbabwe and travelled to the UK for a year aged 21, discovered wine and tore up her return ticket. By the age of 33, she had ditched the corporate day job to study wine and work for, where she reviews wine books and writes exquisite tasting notes. She’s an environmental activist, believes in the power of the metaphor, and considers negroni a breakfast drink.

Deyan Sudjic OBE is a British writer and broadcaster specialising in design and architecture. He co-founded monthly architecture magazine, Blueprint in 1983, going on to become its editor and then editorial director. He was the Venice Architecture Biennale director in 2002, and the director of London’s Design Museum (2006-2020).

Formerly a linguist and book editor, Julia Harding passed her Master of Wine exams in 2004 with flying colours. Since 2005, she has been Jancis Robinson’s right-hand woman, writing for and taking responsibility for its high editorial standards. She is widely respected for her writing and wine judging and is one of the three co-authors of Wine Grapes.

John Simpson CBE is the BBC’s World Affairs Editor. He has worked for the BBC since 1966 in a variety of roles including Foreign Correspondent and Political Editor and has reported from over 120 countries. He has twice been the Royal Television Society’s Journalist of the Year, first in 1991 for his coverage of the Gulf War in Baghdad, and again in 2000 for his reporting from Belgrade during the NATO bombing campaign. He has authored numerous books (including his first novel in 2018) and currently hosts a weekly current affairs programme on BBC 2 entitled Unspun World with John Simpson

Arnica Rowan is a wine consultant, writer and educator based in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Formerly an academic specialising in sustainable business, Arnica is now a partner in Terroir Consulting, supporting wine businesses with private research and development, and wine professionals with education and training. Arnica also researches and writes off-the-beaten path articles for highlighting social and environmental issues.

Maya Dalla Valle holds two wine-related Master’s degrees; one in viticulture and enology from Cornell University, and the other in vineyard and winery management from the prestigious Bordeaux Sciences Agro. She gained hands-on experience at wineries including Pétrus and Château Latour, before taking on the roles of director and winemaker at her family vineyard in Napa.