Dr Ailsa Cox is a fiction writer and critic, with special expertise in the short story. Her collection The Real Louise and Other Stories is published by Headland Press. Other books include Writing Short Stories (Routledge) and Alice Munro (Northcote House Writers and Their Work series), while her stories have also appeared in various magazines and anthologies including The Virago Book of Love and Loss, Malcolm Lowry: From the Mersey to the World, Katherine Mansfield Studies, New Writing, London Magazine, east of the web and Rainy City Stories. The story Like Ice, Like Fire is published as a pocket sized pamphlet by Leaf Books. She has published journal articles on writers including Helen Simpson and Elizabeth Bowen, and is editor of the journal, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice (Intellect Books). She is also a founder of the Edge Hill Prize, a prestigious award for short story writers, sponsored by the University. She was born in Walsall, Staffs., and now lives in Liverpool.