John Mitchinson

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John is a writer and publisher. He was Waterstone’s first marketing director before becoming a publisher at the Harvill Press and then Cassell & Co. His authors included the Beatles, Michael Palin, Richard Ford, Haruki Murakami and a woman who knitted with doghair. In 2001 he joined TV producer John Lloyd to set up QI Ltd ( They have recently produced the tenth series of the BBC TV show, and their series of bestselling QI books have been translated into 29 languages. John is also a Vice-President of the Hay Festival and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He writes a weekly QI column in the Saturday Telegraph. His latest venture is co-founding Unbound (, the UK’s first crowd-funded publishing house which won the 2011 Futurebook Innovation Award for Best Startup in 2011.
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