Tarek Lakhrissi is a French artist and poet based in Paris with a background in literature. His works explore sociopolitical narratives and speculative situations of transformation and magic through text, film, installation, and performance.

Hailing from Brittany, France, Pauline Kerleroux is now based in London where she works as an illustrator and creative director. Her illustrations have adorned award-winning French trilogy novels, Les Incroyables Histoires de l’Île aux Moutons by Thomas Gerbeaux, which are now being adapted into films. In 2022, she published her latest works, two picture books, Rue du bout du monde (Saltimbanque Éditions) and Du fond de la classe (Éditions Étagère du bas).

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Rue du bout du monde, 2022, Éditions Saltimbanque
Du fond de la classe, 2022, Éditions Étagère du bas

Diana Holmes is Professor of French at the University of Leeds and the author of many books and articles on French women’s writing, from ‘highbrow’ to popular. These include Colette (Macmillan Women Writers series) and her latest Middlebrow Matters: Women's Reading and the Literary Canon in France since the Belle Époque (Liverpool University Press).

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Middlebrow Matters: Women's Reading and the Literary Canon in France since the Belle Époque, Liverpool University Press

Ted Hodgkinson is Head of Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre. Formerly online editor at Granta magazine and a literature programmer at the British Council, he co-edited The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat and other stories from the North. He is a trustee of English PEN and chaired the International Booker Prize in 2020.

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Olivier Guez is the author of novels and essays translated into over thirty languages. His non-fiction novel The Disappearance of Josef Mengele (Verso, 2023) translated into English by Georgia de Chamberet, was the recipient of the 2017 Prix Renaudot. It has been translated worldwide and is currently adapted into a film. Guez also co-authored the screenplay Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer (Fritz Bauer, a German Hero), which won the 2016 Deutscher Filmpreis for Best Script.

Viv Groskop is a versatile writer, stand-up comedian and playwright. She earned a Master's degree in French and Russian from the University of Cambridge, and is a regular contributor to top publications like the Financial Times, Guardian, and Observer. Her books include Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature and The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessons from Russian Literature. Viv is also the host of the popular podcast and bestselling book How to Own the Room, which features interviews with inspiring figures like Hillary Clinton and Margaret Atwood. Viv is a sought-after guest on BBC Radio 4 and recently produced the radio play One Summer in Luka for BBC Radio 3.

Merve Emre is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford and a contributing writer at The New Yorker. She is the author of Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America, The Ferrante Letters, and The Personality Brokers which was selected as one of the best books of 2018 by prestigious publications such as the New York Times, The Economist and The Spectator. She is also the editor of Once and Future Feminist and The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway. Currently, she is finishing a book entitled Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities and even writing another one called Love and Other Useless Pursuits.

Natalya Benkhaled-Vince is an Associate Professor in the History of Modern France and the Francophone World at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Our Fighting Sisters: Nation, Memory and Gender in Algeria, 1954-2012, which won the 2016 Women's History Network Book Prize, and The Algerian War, The Algerian Revolution. She leads the ongoing oral history project Generation Independence, a series of documentary shorts exploring the intersections of individual life stories and processes of state-building in 1960s and 1970s Algeria.

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François Beaune was born in 1978 in Clermont-Ferrand and now lives in Marseille. He wrote several books including Un homme louche, Omar et Greg, and his latest, Calamity Gwenn. He also created Entresort, a gallery of characters embodying the world today. Beaune produces sound documentaries for Arte radio and France Culture, always with the idea of portraying people from their unique point of view. Finally, he leads an associative project, Histoires vraies de Méditerranée, which collects and restores the stories of the Mediteranean inhabitants, from which the books La lune dans le puits, L'esprit de famille, and Dans ma ZUP were produced.

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Muriel Barbery was born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1969. She is the author of six novels, including the multi-million copy bestseller The Elegance of the Hedgehog. She has lived in Kyoto, Amsterdam, Paris and now lives in the French countryside. Her latest book published in the UK, A Single Rose, is a moving tale inspired by the author's nippon adventures on grief and blossoming love.

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A Single Rose, 2023 translated by Alison Anderson, Gallic Books