John Garth, winner of the 2004 Mythopoeic Society Scholarship Award, studied English at Oxford University and has since worked as a newspaper journalist in London. A long-standing taste for the works of Tolkien, combined with an interest in the First World War, fueled the five years of research that have gone into Tolkien and the Great War and he has drawn extensively on previously unpublished personal papers as well as Tolkien's service record and other unique military documents.Shyam Selvadurai is a novelist and writer for television. He was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, in 1965. Selvadurai earned a B.F.A. in creative writing from York University. Selvadurai has written for the Canadian television shows Many Voices and Inside Voices and contributed to several journals and anthologies. Selvadurai's first novel, Funny Boy, was nominated for the Giller Prize and received the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award. It also earned the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Men's Fiction.