Gregory Dowling grew up in Bristol, UK, and studied at Oxford University. Since 1979 he has lived in Italy; he is a professor of American literature at the University of Venice. Apart from his academic interests he has published four thrillers, set in England and Italy, and he has written and regularly updates the sightseeing pages for the Time Out Guide to Venice. His most recent publication is a guidebook to Byron's Venice.
Cristina Ceron is an independent scholar in English Literature. She completed her Ph.D. at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice with a dissertation on Thomas Hardy’s poetry of memory. She lectured at the University of Verona for six years and took part in several national and international conferences. She has published extensively on Shakespeare, Keats, Byron, Gissing, Owen, Eliot, and of course on Hardy (The Hardy Review, X, 2009).
André Naffis-Sahely is a poet and freelance reviewer. He is currently writing a Ph.D. thesis on the work of Michael Hofmann, for which he was awarded an AHRC grant in 2009. He recently edited the Selected Prose of Mick Imlah (forthcoming). Later this year, the German publishing house S. Fischer Verlag will publish a selection of his fables.