Our 2019 Speakers

Deborah Harkness
All Souls Trilogy Author, History Professor

A student and scholar of history, recipient of multiple fellowships, award winning wine blogger, and New York Times best selling author, Deborah Harkness is currently professor of European history and the history of science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her books include two works of non-fiction: John Dee’s Conversations with Angels: Cabala, Alchemy, and the End of Nature, and The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. Deborah Harkness's career in fiction began with A Discovery of Witches, followed by Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life, the third book of the All Souls Trilogy. Over two million copies of the All Souls books have been sold in the United States, with publications following in 38 countries, and the series is now in development with Bad Wolf, who is adapting it for television.

Shelli Carter
Biologist, Professor

Shelli Carter has a PhD in biology with a focus on molecular biology from the University of Alabama and a MS in education with a focus in instructional design and technology from Purdue University. After completing her PhD, she worked for a private forensic company, as a consultant for the MITRE Corporation, and as a research scientist for the US government. She’s currently an Associate Professor of Science at the Colorado Technical University, College of General Education & Psychology, while also teaching for UA’s LifeTrack program. As part of LifeTrack, Shelli has designed and taught a course on “The Science of the Supernatural,” which examines whether there is any scientific or medical basis behind creatures such as Diana, Matthew, and Hamish.

Stephenie McGucken
Art Historian

Stephenie has recently graduate with her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis focuses on the representation of women in Late Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. As the Project Chair for the Edinburgh Medieval Pigment Project, she supervises the project’s pigment garden and delivers workshops on medieval colour. Her research interests also include how the portrayal of art objects and heritage sites in TV & film productions create new mythologies of the past. She has published on Outlander, as well as advised national tourism bodies and heritage sites on how to handle visitors in light of recent filming throughout Scotland. Stephenie has also worked at various municipal museums in the US, and heritage sites and organisations in the UK, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Alison Dite & Jeremy Kinglake-Jones

Alison and Jeremy met in 1995 through their common interest in the lute and its music. They began playing duets together, in concerts, at weddings, and frequently at CADW (the Welsh Government's historic environment service), English Heritage and National Trust properties. They married in March 2000, and live in Cathays. Alison is also a music teacher at Cardiff University, while Jeremy worked as a civil servant for years, having studied languages and then music at university, and then taking early retirement.

Claire Baldwin
Author, Editor

Claire Baldwin is a freelance editor and publishing consultant who has worked in the book industry for the last fifteen years. The majority of these were spent at Headline Publishing Group where, as Associate Publisher, Claire commissioned and published a wide range of fiction, including Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy. Based in London’s East End in the UK, Claire now works with authors, literary agents and publishers worldwide, most recently co-authoring and leading the production for the upcoming insider’s guide to the trilogy, The World of All Souls.

Daemons Domain is the brainchild of three overachieving women who met on line in 2012 because of a shared passion for a book - A Discovery of Witches. It quickly grew into a friendship and an unhealthy obsession with all things de Clermont. After following the bread crumbs through history and the fantastical world that Deborah Harkness has created for five years, they decided to invite the world into their personal chat box overflowing with historical research, speculation and flights of fancy. Their podcast, Daemons Discuss, is their popular fortnightly deep dive into the All Souls Universe. Sometimes serious. Sometimes irreverent. Occasionally ridiculous. Always All Souls.