Gillian Slovo is a South African born playwright and novelist who has lived in England for most of her life. Her first novel, Morbid Symptoms, began a crime fiction series featuring female detective Kate Baeier. Other novels in the series include Death by Analysis, Death Comes Staccato, Catnap and Close Call. Her other novels include Ties of Blood, The Betrayal and Red Dust, a courtroom drama set in contemporary South Africa, which was made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Her best selling family memoir Every Secret Thing: My Family, My Country is an account of her childhood in South Africa and her relationship with her parents, both heavily involved in the anti-apartheid movement. Gillian has also written two verbatim plays, the first, Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom with Victoria Brittain, which played world wide and her recent nationally acclaimed The Riots that started in the Tricycle Theatre before moving to the Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham.