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. Currently, I undertake extensive freelance editing and copywriting work, alongside trying to write my second novel.

The Listeners was my first novel and won the 2014 Rethink New Novels Prize.

I’m also the Director of the Wymondham Words literature festival, which is held each autumn. The 2016 Festival’s highlights included Philip Hoare, one of my favourite non-fiction writers, while previous year’s events have featured Richard Mabey, Mark Cocker, Rose Tremain and Patrick Barkham among others.


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