About

My second book, Ghostland, a work of narrative non-fiction was published in hardback in the UK during October 2019 by William Collins. The paperback is being published this October. The book was shortlisted for the PEN Ackerley Prize 2020 for memoir and autobiography.

The Listeners, my first novel (and first book) won the 2014 Rethink New Novels Prize.

I live in Norfolk and have an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. I’ve been 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.

I’m the Director of the Wymondham Words literature festival, which is now held every other autumn (until 2016 we held it annually). The 2018 Festival’s highlights included Rebecca Stott, Mark Cocker, Louis de Bernieres, Cathi Unsworth and Paul Willetts. Philip Hoare, one of my favourite non-fiction writers appeared in 2016, while previous year’s events have featured Sarah Perry, George Szirtes, Richard Mabey, Rose Tremain and Patrick Barkham among many others. (The 2020 festival was postponed due to Covid-19.)

In the past I’ve 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 previously worked extensively in television and media production, and more recently have undertaken a large amount of freelance editing and copywriting work, as well as teaching creative writing for the National Centre for Writing and UEA.