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Liam Hendrikse was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and raised in the Toronto area. He graduated from McMaster University in 1995, and King’s College University of London in 1998. He was a British Home Office Forensic Scientist from 1998 until 2006, where he specialized in firearms and ballistics. He now resides in Hamilton, acting as a consultant to criminal lawyers in North American and beyond, on matters relating to firearms and ballistics, in addition to working with post-secondary institutions on developing and delivering their Forensic Science programs.

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Luca Veste is the author of several police procedurals and standalone crime novels including The Bone Keeper and The Six. He is the host of the Two Crime Writers and a Microphone podcast and the co-founder of the Locked In festival. He plays bass guitar in the band The Fun Lovin’ Crime Writers. He lives in Liverpool, with his wife and two daughters. @LucaVeste

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Paula Hawkins is the author of the #1 New York Times–bestselling novels Into the Water and The Girl on the Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in London.

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Mohanad Elshieky, a NYC-based stand-up comedian who made his national TV debut on Conan, and is now co-host of the I’m Sorry podcast.

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Roger Robinson, educator and author of the poetry collection A Portable Paradise, winner of the T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize 2019 and the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize 2020.

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Shadi Bartsch is the founding Director of the Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago and the Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor of Classics. She has authored and edited some 12 books on antiquity. Her new translation of Vergil’s Aeneid was issued by Random House in 2021 and a study of the reception of the Classics in contemporary China is forthcoming in 2022. Bartsch has been a Guggenheim fellow, edits the journal KNOW and has held visiting scholar positions in St. Andrews, Taipei and Rome.

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Andrew Woods is a PhD candidate at the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario, a Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and a co-host of the Radical Thoughts Podcast. He has written several articles about conspiracy theories and right-wing politics for openDemocracy, RanttMedia, Commune Magazine, Public Seminar, and Fair Observer. His scholarly writings have been included in Critical Theory and the Humanities in the Age of the Alt-Right, the forthcoming book Conspiracy Theory: Representations of the Political in the Age of Populism and the forthcoming encyclopedia Anti-Intellectualism and Elitism in America: An Encyclopedia of Conflict.

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Shagufta K. Iqbal is the founder of Kiota Bristol, an award-winning writer, workshop facilitator and Tedx Speaker. She has been described by gal-dem as a poet whose work “leaves you validated but aching – her narratives are important, heart-wrenching and relatable.” Her poetry collection Jam Is For Girls, Girls Get Jam, has been recommended by Nikesh Shukla as “a social political masterclass.” Her poetry film Borders has won several awards and has been screened across international film festivals. She is currently writing her second poetry collection and debut novel.

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Martin Colthorpe is Programme Director of International Literature Festival Dublin. The festival is one of the country’s major cultural events, presenting writers from around the world alongside the brightest authors from across Ireland. In partnership with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the festival hosts the annual Dublin Literary Award, one of the most valuable prizes in global literature. He also programmes a range of events and festivals across the UK, including Japan Now and New Dutch Writing, bringing together authors, translators, filmmakers and visual artists.

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Charles Cockell is Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh and Co-Director of the UK Centre for Astrobiology, which he established in 2011. His academic interests encompass life in extreme environments, the habitability of extraterrestrial environments and the exploration and settlement of space. He has previously worked at NASA Ames Research Centre and the British Antarctic Survey.

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