INTERNATIONAL GUEST OF HONOUR: BEN AARONOVITCH
Born and raised in London, Ben Aaronovitch now lives in Kentish Town. Working as a scriptwriter for Doctor Whoand Casualty before starting his own series of books, Ben Aaronovitch’s unique novels are the culmination of his experience of writing about the emergency services and the supernatural. Every novel of the five book series has been a Sunday Times bestseller accumulating sales of over 500,000 copies to date. Rivers of London was selected for WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2014 and CITY READ 2015. The PC Grant audiobooks, read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, have been a smash hit and a comic book series launches in July 2015. Rivers of London has been optioned for TV and is in pre-production with Feel Films.
INTERNATIONAL FAN GUEST OF HONOUR: JILL PANTOZZI
Jill Pantozzi is a pop culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! Former Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), she hosts her own blog The Nerdy Bird. She’s also written for MTV, Publishers Weekly, Topless Robot, IGN, Newsarama, and Comic Book Resources. Diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at two and a half, Jill has held the title of Goodwill Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association since she was seven and has appeared for over twenty years on the New York broadcast of the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon. You can keep up with Jill, and her cats, on Twitter at @JillPantozzi.
NATIONAL GUEST OF HONOUR: KERI ARTHUR
Keri Arthur is a writer of fantasy, horror, and romance from Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series, and has now written more than twenty-eight novels. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and has won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. Check out her latest work, and keep in touch, at www.keriarthur.com, on Facebook or Twitter @kezarthur
FAN GUEST OF HONOUR: KIRILEE BARKER
Kirilee Barker is a twenty-something writer from Brisbane, Australia. She writes books about imaginary places and impossible deeds. Her first Young Adult novel, The Book of Days, was published in September 2014 from Pan Macmillan Australia. She is fond of dirigibles, good books, shower singing, cheesy adventure movies, and time periods not her own. She is a fabulous seamstress and costumer, and a fan of period costume. Find out more about Kirilee at k-a-barker.tumblr.com or Twitter @k_a_barker
DEBUT GUEST OF HONOUR: MARIA LEWIS
Maria Lewis is journalist and author based in Sydney, Australia. Starting in a newsroom as a teenager, she covered police rounds and crime before focussing on pop culture commentary. A reporter for over a decade, her writing has appeared in The Daily Mail, New York Post, Huffington Post, Penthouse, News.com.au, Empire, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Daily Life, Junkee and many more. She’s the host and producer of the Eff Yeah Film & Feminism podcast and works on SBS 2’s current affairs program The Feed. Her debut novel Who’s Afraid? was released in Australia and New Zealand in January, 2016 with an international release set for July, 2016. She can be found on Twitter @MovieMazz and online marialewis.com.au
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