Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults. His first, Acts of Revision (Bantam Press/Black Swan 1996) won the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award. His novels since are Exit, Orange & Red, The Houdini Girl, Black Cat, and The Island of Lost Souls. Between them, these novels have been translated into 15 languages. He is also the author of two novels for young adults. The first, Flip, was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and named as a Red House Children’s Book Awards Pick of the Year title, as well as winning four regional prizes: the Sheffield Children’s Book Award, the Calderdale Book of the Year Award, the Bay Book Award and the Immanuel College Book Award. His second work of teenage fiction, Never Ending, was published here and in the States in 2014 and his most recent young-adult novel, Twenty Questions For Gloria, which was published in 2016. Martyn has contributed to five Comma anthologies: The Book of Leeds, M.O., Beta-Life, Spindles, Touchpaper and most recently, Protest: Stories of Resistance. His story 'Letters Home' was made into a short film, directed by Ronald J. Wright, and will be the titular short story in his collection which is to be published in November 2017.

Martyn is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University