Most in society live their lives in the daylight, but at night new stories unfold in the darkness, filled with characters who are as different as night and day. These are the stories of poets and police, tourists and traders, the hidden and the forbidden, the lovers and the lonely.

In this panel, we look into the myriad ways literature explores the night time, as well as our own relationships with the night and the stories and characters that come alive after the sun goes down.

Academic Matthew Beaumont, and writer Maha Khan Phillips will join in a discussion chaired by author and editor of The Outcast Hours, Jared Shurin.

About The Speakers

Maha Khan Phillips

Maha Khan Phillips is the author of ‘The Curse of Mohenjodaro’, ‘Beautiful from this Angle’, and ‘The Mystery of the Aagnee Ruby’. She is a contributor to The Outcast Hours and other anthologies of short stories, and she is also a multiple award-winning financial journalist and editor.

Matthew Beaumont

Matthew Beaumont is a Professor of English at UCL and Co-Director of UCL’s Urban Lab. He is the author and editor of several books, including Nightwalking: A Nocturnal History of London. He is currently working on two books, one about walking and metropolitan modernity, the other, a cultural history of insomnia.

About The Host

Jared Shurin

Jared Shurin is the editor of The Outcast Hours, The Djinn Falls in Love, The Lowest Heaven and many other books, including the annual Best of British Fantasy series.