Dr Katherine Byrne
A lecturer in English at Ulster University, where she teaches nineteenth and twentieth century literature and women's writing. She has published widely on period drama, Victorian fiction and medicine, and the Gothic. She is an expert in identity studies and speculative fiction with wide experience in conference organization, project development and management, and an international reputation as a literary critic and scholar.
Dr Frank Ferguson
A leading expert in Ulster-Scots and Irish cultural studies with over twenty years’ experience as an educator, researcher, project manager and consultant for television and radio broadcasting. Dr Ferguson has extensive management experience of developing actual and online events that include dedicated websites and databases, festivals, conferences, symposia, networks, broadcasts, readings, musical performances, and book launches, and has led and contributed to a range of local and international outreach projects in Irish and British literature with a value of over £1.5 million.
Dr Carolann North
A lecturer and Research Associate at Ulster University with an expertise in speculative fiction, identity politics and American studies, including Afrofuturism. She is widely published, and has attended conferences internationally. She is also an award-winning published poet, most recently winning the 9th Annual Bangor Poetry Competition 2021 for her poem ‘Nesting’. She is also the editor of Phenomenal Women: A Creative Writing Collection (2020 and 2021), which focuses on the promotion of female ethnic minority voices in Northern Ireland.