I am the author of fourteen books, including seven 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 and in 2022 my novel Day for Night won the gold medal in the literary fiction category from the Independent Publisher of the Year (IPPY) Awards in the United States. I also collaborate with visual artists and filmmakers; a new exhibition, Notes on the Anthropocene, will feature international artists and will take place at the Art Gallery of Andorra.  I am Professor of Creative Writing and direct the programme of the same name at the University of East Anglia. For more information see: