Biography

I am the author of fourteen books, including six novels and a collection of short fiction, a collection of poetry, a travel guide and literary essays. My work has been nominated for several international awards, including the Governor-General’s Award for fiction (Canada), the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (Australia), the Prism International Awards and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Creative-non fiction prize. I have won both the Prism International short story prize (1997) and the equivalent for creative non-fiction (2012). In 2016 Ice Diaries: an Antarctic Memoir, which The New York Times called 'stunningly written', won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival. I write and review for various publications such as the Guardian, The Spectator, Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review of Canada. I also collaborate with visual artists and filmmakers; a recent exhibition, Notes on the Anthropocene, was selected for Barcelona Gallery Weekend's week of open gallery shows in September 2020. A new novel, Day for Night, is forthcoming from ECW Press in 2021. I am Professor of Creative Writing and coordinate the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing's international programmes at the University of East Anglia. For more information see: https://www.uea.ac.uk/literature/creative-writing/faculty