Sun 3rd Feb 2019
2.15pm - 3.15pm
Wolverhampton Art Gallery
Why do so many thrillers now focus on home lives, marriage, family and trust? Join Jo Furniss (The Trailing Spouse, All The Little Children), Kerry Hadley-Pryce (Gamble, The Black Country) and University of Wolverhampton’s Senior Lecturer Gabriela Steinke as they examine the increasing popularity of domestic thrillers and why we are all so intrigued to find out what happens behind closed doors.
Jo Furniss started her career at the BBC in the Midlands, where she was a newsreader, reporter and producer in radio. Plus, on two alarming occasions, emergency stand-in for someone who didn't turn up for their slot on TV. After almost a decade as a broadcast journalist, Jo Furniss gave up the glamour of night shifts to become a freelance writer and serial expatriate. She spent seven years in Singapore and also lived in Switzerland and Cameroon.
As a journalist, Jo worked for numerous online outlets and magazines, including Monocle 24 and the Economist Radio. She has edited books for a Nobel laureate and the palace of the Sultan of Brunei. She has a Distinction in MA Professional Writing from Falmouth University.
Her best-selling debut novel, All the Little Children, hit the Amazon Charts and was one of the Top 50 Kindle titles of 2017. Her second novel, The Trailing Spouse, was released in August 2018.
Kerry Hadley-Pryce was born in the Black Country. She worked nights in a Wolverhampton petrol station before becoming a secondary school teacher. She wrote her first novel, The Black Country, whilst studying for an MA in Creative Writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, for which she gained a distinction and was awarded the Michael Schmidt Prize for Outstanding Achievement 2013–14. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Wolverhampton, researching Psychogeography and Black Country Writing. Gamble is her second novel.