Alex is an events organiser, lecturer and workshopper based in Derby. To date he has run more than 25 festivals and conventions, including Alt.Fiction, Edge-Lit, FantasyCon, ChillerCon and two previous runnings of the UK Ghost Story Festival. He also runs a wide range of online events and activities, and works as an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Universty of Derby.
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Lauren is a writer with various hats – journalist, copywriter, content marketer, fiction – and considers herself a storyteller at heart. She writes gothic and folk horror and is currently working on a novel set in the world of the Victorian occult. It’s the supernatural and the occult that really give her goosebumps. In The Real World, Lauren has more than 20 years’ experience as a professional content creator. She’s established and led global content teams and editorial strategies, including setting up content newsrooms for some of the world’s biggest brands. She was a music editor for a daily newspaper in her native Australia, though she’s been London-based for 16 years and works as a copywriter, editor, proofreader, marketer, and writing coach/mentor. She’s also a mental health advocate; her Substack, How to Be Self(ish), tracked her year of sabbatical and self-care. You’ll find her haunting south London, where she lives with her Doctor Who-obsessed husband and their aged black house rabbit.