Biography

I am the author of eleven books, including five novels and a collection of short fiction, a collection of poetry, a travel guide and literary essays. My work has been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award for fiction and the Journey Prize for short fiction (Canada). In 2012 I won the Prism International award for creative non-fiction with an extract from Ice Diaries: an Antarctic Memoir, published in 2016 and which The New York Times has called 'stunningly written'. Ice Diaries also won the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival Book Competition in 2016. My most recent novel is The Dhow House, published by Legend Press in the UK in September 2016 and forthcoming by ECW Press in Canada and the US in April 2017. I am Reader in Creative Writing and co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at the University of East Anglia. For more information see: https://www.uea.ac.uk/literature/creative-writing/faculty