Alison MacLeod has more than 20 years’ experience of designing and teaching literature and creative writing courses in higher education. She lives in Brighton, where she is working on her next novel for Bloomsbury.
She is an award-winning novelist, academic and short writer. Her most recent book, All the Beloved Ghosts (Bloomsbury UK & USA/Penguin Canada), was shortlisted for Canada’s 2017 Governor General’s Award for Fiction and for The 2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for best short story collection in the UK and Ireland. It was also named one of the Guardian‘s ‘Best Books of 2017’. Her novel, Unexploded (Penguin UK/Canada), was long-listed for The 2013 Man-Booker Prize for Fiction, named one of the Observer‘s ‘Books of the Year’, and serialised for BBC radio.
Tobias Jones is a British bestselling author and journalist based in Italy. He has published eight books, mostly on the themes of crime and communalism. He has written and presented documentaries for the BBC and RAI, and is a regular contributor to The Independent, the Guardian and the international press. His first book, The Dark Heart of Italy, an attempt to understand the cultural background of a country that had elected Silvio Berlusconi, was a best-seller in the UK, US and Italy. Tobias has written extensively about Italy’s many unsolved murders and published three crime novels and a true-crime book. He has taught creative non-fiction in various universities, charities and prisons. He co-founded two woodland communities with his Italian wife and is an occasional midfielder for the England Writers’ football team.