Our panel discusses LGBT themes within the world of crime fiction. the advantages and pitfalls of writing gay characters and how a niche market is now becoming mainstream.
Paul Burston published four critically-acclaimed, blackly comic novels before turning to the dark side. His first crime novel is 'The Black Path', which was described by the Huffington Post as "an intense, tightly calibrated thriller" and by Real Crime Magazine as "original, fresh, tightly-plotted and throughly enjoyable"
He is the curator and host of award-winning literary salon Polari at London's Southbank Centre, and founder of The Polari First Book Prize for new writing.
Born in Yorkshire and raised in South Wales, he now divides his time between London and Hastings.
You can find out more about Paul by visiting his website - www.paulburston.com
Or, you can follow him on Twitter - @paulburston
Scriptwriter and author Mari Hannah is published by Orion. Her awards include the Polari First Book Prize, a Northern Writers' Award and the CWA Dagger in the Library 2017. Her acclaimed Kate Daniels crime series is in development with Stephen Fry's production company, Sprout Pictures. Mari is reader-in-residence for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival, Harrogate. Her latest title THE LOST – first in a series featuring DI David Stone and DS Frankie Oliver - was published on March 22, 2018.
Sarah Hilary's debut, Someone Else's Skin, won Theakstons Crime Novel of the Year 2015 and was a World Book Night selection for 2016. The Observer's Book of the Month ("superbly disturbing") and a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller, it has been published worldwide. No Other Darkness, the second in the series was shortlisted for a Barry Award in the US. Come and Find Me is the latest in the Marnie Rome series.
Jake Arnott is the author of seven novels. His bestselling debut The Long Firm featured charismatic gay gangster Harry Starks and was adapted as a BAFTA award-winning drama series for BBC2. His latest, The Fatal Tree, is a dark tale of love and betrayal set in the underworld and molly-house scene of 1720s London.
You can find out more about Jake by visiting his website - www.jakearnott.com.
Alex Reeve lives in Buckinghamshire and is a university lecturer, working on a PhD. The House on Half Moon Street is his debut, and the first in a series of books featuring Leo Stanhope.
You can find out more about Alex by following him on Twitter - @storyjoy