Katy Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of Brighton. She is the foremost expert on David Peace and a leading researcher in literature of the 1984–5 UK miners’ strike. Shaw specializes in working class literature, literatures of post-industrial regeneration and the contemporary British novel. Her monograph David Peace: Texts and Contexts was the first critical text published on the author, while her journal articles and book chapters have positioned her as a key figure in the field. She is the founder and editor of C21 Literature: Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings.