Keynotes & Organisers

Keynote Speaker 1

heathershoreDr Heather Shore is a Reader in History at Leeds Beckett University, UK. Her most recent book is London’s Criminal Underworlds, c. 1720 – c. 1930: A Social and Cultural History (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She has published widely on crime and justice history. She is the author of Artful Dodgers: Youth and Crime in Early Nineteenth Century London (1999) and has co-edited two books, with Pamela Cox, Becoming Delinquent: British and European Youth, 1650–1950 (2002) and with Tim Hitchcock, The Streets of London: From the Great Fire to the Great Exhibition (2003). A jointly written monograph, arising her recent collaboration with Barry Godfrey, Pam Cox and Zoe Alker, Young Criminal Lives: Life Courses and Life Chances from 1850, will be published by OUP later this year. She is currently working on two new projects, the AHRC funded, ‘Our Criminal Past: Our Criminal Ancestors’, and ‘Borstal Lives: Young People, Crime and Institutionalisation in Twentieth-Century England and Wales’ (currently funded by the BA/Leverhulme) both with Dr. Helen Johnston (University of Hull).

Keynote Speaker 2


Frances Brody’s mysteries, set in 1920s Yorkshire, feature Kate Shackleton, First World War widow turned sleuth. Murder in the Afternoon was named a US Library Journal best book. A Woman Unknown was shortlisted for the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Frances began her writing career in radio, television and theatre. Her play Jehad was nominated for a Time Out Award. Author of three sagas, she won the HarperCollins Elizabeth Elgin Award.

Frances lives in Leeds where she was born and grew up. After leaving school at 16, she worked and travelled before attending Ruskin College, Oxford and York University.



bigyqko3Fern Pullan‘s primary research interests lie in tracing the development of sensation fiction, and is also interested in the depictions of the relationships between gender, marriage and inheritance in Gothic and sensation fiction of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her other interests lie in examining how the Golden Age fiction of Agatha Christie and others, including contemporary versions of the country house mystery, developed from sensation fiction, and she continues to research into crime fiction. She has given papers on the Bollywood adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the contemporary adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Golden Age fiction, marriage as an architectural commodity in Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey, Gothic elements of Christie’s Miss Marple novels and the development of sensation fiction. Fern completed her BA and MA in literature at Leeds Beckett University, where she is also currently a doctoral student. She was the student leader of the Postgraduate Research Students’ Organisation at LBU for two years, and is now the postgraduate research representative on one of the university’s governance committees. She has recently published a ‘work in progress’ piece about her research in Literature Compass.


image-of-jamieDr Jamie Bernthal is an associate lecturer at Middlesex University and private researcher for the bestselling crime writer Sophie Hannah. The AHRC funded his PhD, on Agatha Christie and queer theory. Jamie graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016. In the same year, he published two books: The Ageless Agatha Christie (an edited collection; McFarland) and Queering Agatha Christie: Revisiting the Golden Age of Detective Fiction (a monograph; Palgrave). He is working on a new collaborative project, with Dr Rebecca Mills, Agatha Christie Goes to War. He has previously organised or co-organised conferences at the Universities of London, Exeter, and Cambridge.