Edward Parnell, author of 'The Listeners'

Edward Parnell

I live in Norfolk and have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. I was the recipient of an Escalator Award from Writers’ Centre Norwich, and in 2009 received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to fund a seven-week book research expedition to the Australian Outback.

Previously I worked for BirdLife International and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, and have written numerous natural history and conservation-related articles for magazines and newspapers; I’ve also worked extensively in television and media production, and more recently have undertaken a large amount of freelance editing and copywriting work.

The Listeners was my first novel and won the 2014 Rethink New Novels Prize. I’m currently writing my second book, a narrative non-fiction book for William Collins. Watch this space later in 2018 for further details.

I’m also the Director of the Wymondham Words literature festival, which is now held every other autumn. The 2016 Festival’s highlights included Philip Hoare, one of my favourite non-fiction writers, while previous year’s events have featured Sarah Perry, Richard Mabey, Mark Cocker, Rose Tremain and Patrick Barkham among others. The 2018 Festival should take place around the end of October.


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