Sarah Wise teaches 19th-century social history and literature to both undergraduates and adult learners, and is visiting professor at the University of California’s London Study
Center, and a guest lecturer at City University in London.
Her debut, The Italian Boy: Murder and Grave Robbery in 1830s London (2004), was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger for Non-Fiction.
Her follow-up, The Blackest Streets: The Life and Death of a Victorian Slum (2008), was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize for evocation of a location and was a Radio 4 Book of the Year; it was recently the basis for BBC2’s ‘The Victorian Slum’ series.
Her most recent book, Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad Doctors in Victorian England, was shortlisted for the 2014 Wellcome Prize.
Mr Alexander Black, is lecturer of anatomy at the Anatomy Department of NUI Galway. He is an expert in the history of anatomy in nineteenth-century Galway, and has previously given talks on the topic at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at NUI Galway.