Speakers 2019


Dr John Curran

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Dr John Curran acted as consultant to the National Trust during the renovation of Agatha Christie’s former home, Greenway House. His Edgar-nominated Agatha Christie’s Secret Notebooks (2009) won the 2011 Agatha, Anthony and Macavity Awards and he published Agatha Christie’s Murder in the Making, also nominated for the same awards, in September 2011. He completed his PhD, on The Golden Age of Detection, at Trinity College, Dublin where he lives. His most recent publication, Tom Adams Uncovered: The Art of Agatha Christie, was co-authored with the artist Tom Adams who painted over a hundred Christie book covers.

Dan Curtis

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Dan Curtis is an artist, arts educator and writer based in London. He writes prolifically about Locked Room Mysteries and classic detective fiction on his site The Reader is Warned, and, with co-conspirator Jim Noy, is one half of the duo the ‘Men Who Explain Miracles’, a bi-monthly podcast about impossible crime fiction. Dan is also part of sketch comedy trio Salt who have written and performed a number of comedy murder mystery plays around the country.

Martin Edwards


Martin Edwards’ eighteen novels include the Lake District Mysteries and the Harry Devlin series. The Coffin Trail was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Prize for Crime Novel of the Year, while All the Lonely People was nominated for the John Creasey Memorial Dagger for best first crime novel. His genre study The Golden Age of Murder has won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards. He has edited thirty crime anthologies, has won the CWA Short Story Dagger, the CWA Margery Allingham Prize, and the Red Herring award, and is series consultant for the British Library’s series of Crime Classics.

In 2015, he was elected eighth President of the Detection Club, and he is currently also Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association.



Dolores Gordon-Smith


Dolores Gordon-Smith is the author of the Jack Haldean mystery series set in 1920s England, the latest of which is The Chessman, published by Severn House; a WW1 spy/mystery series, Frankie’s Letter and The Price of Silence, a 1920s stand-alone, Serpent’s Eye and How To Write a Classic Murder Mystery. Married with five daughters and various dogs and cats, Dolores has been a teacher, a civil servant and a shaker-out of Christmas puddings in a jam factory.


Julius Green


Julius Green is an Olivier award-winning theatre producer and the leading authority on Christie’s work as a dramatist. He presented the 2001 Agatha Christie Theatre Festival and in 2006 he founded the Agatha Christie Theatre Company for Bill Kenwright Ltd. He wrote the introduction to 60th anniversary edition of The Mousetrap and Other Plays and in 2015 HarperCollins published his book Agatha Christie; A Life in Theatre. He is a Fellow of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, University of London.

Jake Kerridge


Jake Kerridge has been the crime fiction critic of the Daily Telegraph since 2005. He is an enthusiastic promoter of the best crime fiction of the past as well as the present, both in print and at literary events. He is currently writing the entry on Ruth Rendell for the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Kate Jackson


Kate Jackson has been hooked on crime, (well the reading of), since university and shares her thoughts on the topic at her blog, www.crossexaminingcrime.com, as well as in CADs magazine. She is a CWA member and compiler of the puzzles in The Pocket Detective and the forthcoming title, The Pocket Detective 2. She also contributed to the publication: The 100 Greatest Literary Detectives (2018), ed. by Eric Sandberg, writing on Juanita Sheridan’s Lily Wu.

Tony Medawar


Tony Medawar has written extensively on the Golden Age of murder for The Armchair Detective, (Give Me That) Old-Time Detection, CADS (Crime and Detective Stories) and other magazines. As well as some short stories – including around twenty Sherlock Holmes adventures for the popular board game 221B Baker Street – he has compiled or edited numerous collections of “lost” work by various writers of crime and detective fiction. These include, most recently, A Spot of Folly (2017), which brought together all but one of Ruth Rendell’s uncollected short stories, and Bodies from the Library (2018), a volume of “lost” stories and plays including a short story by Agatha Christie not seen since 1922. Tony is currently working on collections of stories by Freeman Wills Crofts and Christianna Brand.

Jim Noy

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Jim Noy has a particular enthusiasm for the golden age detection of the 1920 to the 1950s, especially locked room mysteries and impossible crimes, and in 2017 he wrote the introductions for the reprints of impossible crime novels Murder on the Way! (1935) and I’ll Grind Their Bones (1936) by Theodore Roscoe. He blogs at The Invisible Event, where episodes of the impossible crime-focused podcast The Men Who Explain Miracles are also posted every two months.

Christine Poulson


Before Christine Poulson turned to crime, she was an academic with a PhD in History of Art. Her Cassandra James mysteries are set in Cambridge in the UK. Deep Water, the first in a new series featuring scientist Katie Flanagan, appeared in 2016. The second, Cold, Cold Heart, set in Antarctica, came out in January 2018. Her short stories have been published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Crime Writers Association anthologies, and the Mammoth Book of Best British Mysteries. They have been short-listed for the Short Mystery Fiction Derringer, the Margery Allingham Prize, and the CWA Short Story Dagger.

Moira Redmond

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Moira Redmond is a journalist and writer with a long-held interest in Golden Age crime fiction. After a career working with the BBC and other radio outlets, the online magazine Slate, and the Guardian, and writing a book on etiquette, she now concentrates on blogging as Clothes in Books. She contributed a chapter to the recent Edgar-nominated book Murder in the Closet, edited by Curtis Evans, on gay themes in GA crime fiction.

Richard Reynolds

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Richard Reynolds has been a bookseller for over thirty-five years, all bar two at Heffers in Cambridge. He is the organiser of regular events for readers of crime fiction, including the annual Bodies in the Bookshop, Christmas Crime and What’s Your Poison? He’s chair of the Crime Writers’ Association’s Goldsboro Gold Dagger panel for best crime novel of the year, the editor of the Oleander Press London Bound series of classic crime novels, a member of The Dorothy L Sayers Society and an honorary member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He is especially interested in the Golden Age of Detective Fiction and seeing books from that era returned to print. December 2014 saw the publication of The Bodies in the Bookshop Anthology (edited by L C Tyler & Ayo Onatade).

Sarah Ward


Sarah Ward is the author of the DC Childs novels, set in the Derbyshire Peak District where she lives. On her blog, Crimepieces , she reviews the best of current crime fiction published around the world, and she has also reviewed for Euro Crime and CrimeSquad. She has acted as a judge for the Petrona Award for Scandinavian translated crime novels.