Friday 13 May 2022
11:20 - 12:10
Anthony Johnston, Eva Smith,
and the participating Moderator is Christine Poulson
Simon Conway was born in California, educated in Britain and studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He served in the British army with the Black Watch and the Queens’ Own Highlanders. After leaving the military he worked for The HALO Trust clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Eritrea and Sri Lanka. He is currently living in Whitechapel in London with his wife the Channel Four News Correspondent Sarah Smith. He has two daughters. His latest book is The Saboteur published 19 August 2021.
Fiona Erskine was born in Edinburgh, and grew up playing guitar, riding motorbikes and jumping into cold water. After studying Chemical Engineering at University, she leaned to weld, cast and machine with apprentices in Paisley. She is now based in Teesside and travels internationally as a professional engineer. An engineer by day, writer by night. Her debut novel The Chemical Detective, the first in a series, was published in April 2019. Her new book is The Chemical Cocktail published 2 June 2022.
Antony Johnston was born in Birmingham. He is, an award-winning, New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, author and games writer. He has written more than thirty graphic novels, comic series and books, including The Coldest City, on which the Charlize Theron movie Atomic Blonde was based. He lives and works in England. His latest book is The Tempus Project, published 25 May 2020.Eve Smith writes speculative fiction, mainly about the things that scare her. She attributes her love of all things dark and dystopian to a childhood watching Tales of the Unexpected and black-and-white Edgar Allen Poe double bills. In this world of questionable facts, stats and news, she believes storytelling is more important than ever to engage people in real life issues. Set twenty years after an antibiotic crisis, her debut novel The Waiting Rooms was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize First Novel Award. Her flash fiction has been shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and highly commended for The Brighton Prize. Eve’s previous job as COO of an environmental charity took her to research projects across Asia, Africa and the Americas, and she has an ongoing passion for wild creatures, wild science and far-flung places. A Modern Languages graduate from Oxford, she returned to Oxfordshire fifteen years ago to set up home with her husband. Her latest book is Off Target, published 17 February 2022.n years ago to set up home with her husband.
Christine Poulson writes I was a respectable academic, lecturing in art history at a Cambridge college before I turned to crime. My first three novels featured literary historian and accidental sleuth, Cassandra James, and my most recent is Invisible, a standalone suspense novel. Something that I didn’t expect when I started writing crime fiction was that other crime writers would be such good fun and so convivial. I’ve made some excellent friends and Martin Edwards is one of them. He knows a huge amount about Golden Age crime fiction – an interest we share. Christine;s latest book is An Air that Kills.