Keynote Speakers

Mike Carey

Mike Carey is a BAFTA-nominated screenwriter, novelist and comic book writer. Born in Liverpool, he worked as a teacher for fifteen years before resigning to write full-time. He wrote the movie adaptation for his novel The Girl With All the Gifts. Released in the UK by Warner’s, the movie opened the Locarno festival in 2016 and was in competition at Toronto’s Midnight Madness. Mike has worked extensively in the field of comic books, completing long and critically acclaimed runs on Lucifer, Hellblazer and X-Men. His comic book series The Unwritten has featured repeatedly in the New York Times’ graphic novel bestseller list. He is currently writing a series for Dynamite Entertainment featuring the sci-fi icon Barbarella. He is also the writer of the Felix Castor novels, and (along with his wife Linda and their daughter Louise) of two fantasy novels, The City Of Silk and Steel and The House Of War and Witness, published in the UK by Victor Gollancz and in America by Chizine Press.  His most recent novel, published in April 2017, is The Boy On the Bridge, a stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Girl With All the Gifts.

Filipe Furtado

Professor Filipe Furtado has a PhD in English Literature with a thesis on the Victorian Fantastic Narrative. He worked at the Nova University of Lisbon where he taught English Culture, Translation and Politics. He is a researcher at CETAPS (Centre for English, Translation, and Anglo-Portuguese Studies) and he published several books, including   Ciência e cultura: ficcionalizações da ciência na Grã-Bretanha (séculos XIX e XX) (2012, coord. with Gabriela Gândara Terenas) O Pensamento Vitoriano: uma antologia de textos (org., trad. com Maria Teresa Malafaia) e A Construção do Fantástico na Narrativa (1980) and, more recently, O Fantástico: procedimentos de construção narrativa em H. P. Lovecraft (Rio de Janeiro: Dialogarts, 2017).