February Panelists

Will Dean- 'Red Snow'

Will Dean grew up in the East Midlands, living in nine different villages before the age of eighteen. After studying law at the LSE, and working many varied jobs in London, he settled in rural Sweden with his wife. He built a wooden house in a boggy forest clearing and it's from this base that he compulsively reads and writes. He is the author of 2018 bestseller Dark Pines, selected for the Zoe Ball Book Club on ITV. Dark Pines was shortlisted for the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize, the Dead Good Readers Awards, the Hearst Big Book Awards, and the National Book Awards.

Christopher Fowler - 'The Lonely Hour'

Christopher Fowler is the multi award-winning author of 45 novels and story collections, and the author of 17 Bryant & May mysteries. His novels include ‘Roofworld’, 'Spanky', 'Psychoville', 'Calabash' and two volumes of memoirs, the award-winning 'Paperboy' and 'Film Freak'. In 2015 he won the CWA Dagger In The Library for his body of work. His latest novel is 'Bryant & May: The Lonely Hour'. 

Gytha Lodge - 'She Lies in Wait'

Gytha Lodge is a writer and multi-award-winning playwright who lives in Cambridge. After studying creative writing at UEA, she was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Arts' Council England fiction awards, and developed a large online following for her young adult and children's writing, with over five million reads accrued on platform Wattpad. She Lies in Wait is her debut novel.

Lucy Foley - 'The Hunting Party'

Lucy Foley studied English Literature at Durham and UCL universities and worked for several years as a fiction editor in the publishing industry, before leaving to write full-time. The Hunting Party is her debut crime novel, inspired by a particularly remote spot in Scotland that fired her imagination.

Lucy is also the author of three historical novels, which have been translated into sixteen languages. Her journalism has appeared in ES Magazine, Sunday Times Style, Grazia and more. She has taken part in literary festivals across the country including Greenwich, Chichester, Isle of Wight and Wilderness Festival.

Barry Forshaw- Moderator

Our Moderator for the evening will be Barry Forshaw, one of the UK’s leading experts on crime fiction and film. Barry’s books include American Noir, Nordic Noir, Sex and Film and The Rough Guide to Crime Fiction. Other work includes Death in a Cold Climate, British Gothic Cinema, Euro Noir and the Keating Award-winners Brit Noir and British Crime Writing Encyclopaedia. He writes for various papers and edits Crime Time  (www.crimetime.co.uk).

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