James M. Hegarty is Senior Lecturer in Indian Religions at Cardiff University. Educated at Manchester University, he is a Sanskritist by training and has an abiding interest in the role of narrative in the transmission and adaptation of religious ideology in South Asian societies. He is the author of Religion, Narrative and Public Imagination in South Asia (Routledge, 2012) as well as numerous scholarly articles on Sanskrit and vernacular Indian literature. When he is not translating Indian texts, he enjoys archery and running.
Naomi Appleton works in the Divinity School at the University of Edinburgh, teaching and researching on the religious traditions of Asia. She is the author of Jataka Stories in Theravada Buddhism (Ashgate 2010) and Narrating Karma and Rebirth: Buddhist and Jain Multi-life Stories (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2014) as well as a number of articles on the ways in which stories have helped to shape and communicate religious ideas in South and Southeast Asia. As well as stories, Naomi loves baking, knitting, and exploring her new Scottish home town. She also blogs at naomiappleton.wordpress.com.