Paul D Brazill picPaul D. Brazill is the author of Gumshoe, Guns of Brixton and Roman Dalton – Werewolf PI. He was born in England and lives in Poland. He is an International Thriller Writers Inc member whose writing has been translated into Italian, Polish and Slovene. He has had writing published in various magazines and anthologies, including The Mammoth Books of Best British Crime 8, 10 and 11, alongside the likes of Ian Rankin, Neil Gaiman and Lee Child. He has co-edited the best-selling True Brit Grit anthology – with Luca Veste.

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Rachel FranksDr Rachel Franks is a popular culture researcher based in Sydney, Australia. Her PhD explored class, gender and some of the ethical questions attendant on the act of murder in Australian crime fiction published between 1830 and 1980. Rachel is the Area Chair, Biography and Life Writing and the Area Chair, Fiction for the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. She is also a Member of the New South Wales Readers’ Advisory Services Working Group, an initiative of the State Library of New South Wales and the Public Library Network. She has delivered creative writing workshops and numerous conference papers based on her research in the areas of crime fiction, food studies and information science. Her work can be found in various books, journals and magazines as well as on social media. Rachel was a guest at the 2012 Sydney Writers’ Festival.

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profGruszewska-BlaimProf. Ludmiła Gruszewska-Blaim is Associate Professor of English and American Literature, University of Gdańsk. She researches postmodernist literature, academic (mystery) fiction, and dystopian cinema. She is a series editor of Mediated Fictions: Studies in Verbal and Visual Narratives (Peter Lang Verlag). Her book publications include: Wizje i re-wizje w poezji T.S. Eliota (Lublin 1996); Gra w SS. Poetyka (nie)powieści Jerzego Kosińskiego (Lublin 2005); Texts of Literature, Texts of Culture (Lublin 2005), Essays on Modern British and Irish Poetry (Gdańsk 2005); Structure and Uncertainty (Lublin 2008); Here/Now – Then/There: Traditions, Memory, Innovation in Modern British and Irish Poetry (Gdańsk 2011); Imperfect Worlds and Dystopian Narratives in Contemporary Cinema (Frankfurt am Mein 2011); Spectres of Utopia: Theory, Practice, Conventions (Frankfurt am Mein 2012). At present she is co-editing the volumes on utopian film adaptations and J.M. Coetzee’s novels.


PaulJohnston11color2Dr Paul Johnston, born and bred in Edinburgh, is the award-winning author of fifteen crime novels. According to the Guardian, “The Black Life (2013) has the whirlwind pace of a good thriller, but it is far more mentally engaging.” He has two literature degrees from Oxford University and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded a PhD in creative writing by the University of St Andrews. He spends much of his time in Greece, where his best-known character, half Greek half Scots missing persons specialist Alex Mavros, is also based. His children are small, he works far too much and he has a notoriously bad temper – except at conferences.

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Kate LaityDr Kate Laity teaches medieval literature, film, gender studies, New Media and popular culture at the College of Saint Rose (Albany, New York). She was a Fulbright Fellow in digital humanities at NUIG and has written on popular culture and social media for Ms., The Spectator and BitchBuzz. She divides her time between upstate New York and Dundee. K. A. Laity is also the award-winning author of A Cut-Throat Business, Lush Situation, Unquiet Dreams, À la Mort Subite, The Claddagh Icon, Chastity Flame and other novels and stories, as well as editor of Weird Noir, Noir Carnival and Drag Noir. She writes traditional noir as Graham Wynd. Her bibliography includes short stories, humor pieces, plays and essays, both scholarly and popular.

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