Toxic Masculinity

11.30-12.30pm Barrister’s Court

Rebecca Wait (Our Fathers), Lucy Foley (The Hunting Party), Mel McGrath (The Guilty Party) and Marnie Riches (Tightrope) discuss social stereotypes and dangerous behaviour.

Chaired by William Shaw (Deadland).


Rebecca Wait graduated from Oxford University with a first in English. Along-side her writing she teaches in a London secondary school. Rebecca has written award-winning short stories, appeared on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and has written for the New Statesman and Independent on subjects as diverse as suicide, cults and childhood depression.

Mel McGrath

Mel McGrath is the award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction and a cofounder of Killer Women. She won the John Llewellyn-Rhys-Mail on Sunday award for her first book, Motel Nirvana.  As MJ McGrath she writes the acclaimed Edie Kiglatuk series of Arctic mysteries, White HeatThe Boy in the Snow and The Boneseeker, twice longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger and picked as Times and Financial Times thrillers of the year. As Melanie McGrath she wrote the critically acclaimed and bestselling family memoir Silvertown. As Mel McGrath she is the author of the psychological thriller Give Me The Child and The Guilty Party. Mel is an experienced journalist, broadcaster, teacher, event organizer and speaker, with particular interests in London, literature, crime, feminism and psychology. She is a regular visitor to prisons and has run a reading and writing group for women over 45 in HMP Holloway. 


Marnie Riches learned her way off a rough estate in Manchester, exchanging the spires of Strangeways for Cambridge University. She’s been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist and professional fundraiser. Now, she’s an award-winning author. Her best-selling series feature strong heroines and explore trafficking and organised crime.

Lucy Foley 

Lucy Foley is the No.1 Sunday Times and Irish Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party and three other novels. A trip to Connemara, from where half of Lucy’s family hail, on the west coast of Ireland sparked the idea for her latest book. Struck by the wild, rugged beauty of the islands off its shores – the perfect setting for a wedding, yet dangerously cut-off – Lucy began to plot a new murder mystery.  Previously a fiction editor in the publishing industry, Lucy now writes full time. Her novels have been translated into nineteen languages and her journalism has appeared in publications such as Sunday Times StyleGraziaES MagazineVogue USElleTatler and Marie Claire.

William Shaw

William Shaw has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger, longlisted for the Theakstons Prize and the CWA Gold Dagger, and nominated for a Barry Award. His series starring DI Alexandra Cupidi began with Salt Lane (2018) and was followed by Deadland (2019). Grave’s End, the third novel, is out now.


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