Ben Myers

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Benjamin Myers
Born (1976-01-10) 10 January 1976 (age 41)
Durham, England
Occupation Writer
Alma mater University of Bedfordshire
Notable awards The Portico Prize For Literature. The Gordon Burn Prize.

Ben Myers or Benjamin Myers (born 1976, Durham) is an English writer and journalist.

His book The Gallows Pole (2017), a novelisation of the true story of the Cragg Vale Coiners, received a Roger Deakin Award. Beastings (2014) won the Portico Prize For Literature and the Northern Writers' Award. It was also longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.

Pig Iron (2012) was set in the traveller/gypsy community of the north-east of England and was the first to be published under his full name Benjamin Myers. It won the inaugural Gordon Burn Prize[1] and was longlisted for 3:AM's 'Novels of the Year'[2] and runner-up in The Guardian's 'Not The Booker Prize',[3] in the same year.

In 2014 Myers won the Society of Author's Tom-Gallon Prize,[4] for his short story, 'The Folk Song Singer'. His poem 'The Path To Pendle Hill' was selected by New Statesman as one of its Poems Of The Year 2015[5] and work from the same collection were read by Myers on BBC1 programme Countryfile.

Myers' second novel, Richard: A Novel (2010) was a fictionalized account of the life of musician Richey Edwards. It was published by Picador in October 2010, and polarised critical opinion.

As a teenager Myers began writing for British weekly Melody Maker. In 1997 he became their staff writer. As of 2017 he has written about literature, music and the arts for a number of publications including New Statesman, Mojo, The Guardian, NME, BBC, New Scientist, Alternative Press, Kerrang!, Plan B, Arena, Bizarre, The Quietus, Vice, Shortlist, Caught by the River, Metal Hammer, The Morning Star, Classic Rock, 3:AM Magazine, Mineshaft and Time Out. In 2011 he published an article,[6] about his brief time as an intern at News of the World.

Myers has also published several poetry collections and written a number of music biographies which have been widely translated.

He is a founding member of the Brutalists, a literary collective including authors Adelle Stripe and Tony O'Neill, and widely acknowledged as the first literary movement to be launched by social networking sites.




  • The Book of Fuck (Wrecking Ball Press, 2004)
  • Richard: A Novel[7] (Picador, 2010)
  • Pig Iron[8] (Bluemoose, 2012). Winner of the Gordon Burn Prize.
  • Beastings (Bluemoose, 2014). Winner of The Portico Prize For Literature. Winner of the Northern Writers' Award. Longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize.
  • Turning Blue (Moth/Mayfly, 2016)
  • The Gallows Pole (Bluemoose, 2017). Recipient of the Roger Deakin Award.
  • These Darkening Days (Moth/Mayfly, 2017)
  • Under The Rock (Elliott & Thompson, 2018)

Short fiction[edit]

  • Snorri & Frosti[9] (Galley Beggar Press / 3:AM Press, 2013)


  • I, Axl: An American Dream (online only, 2008–2009)
  • Spam: Email Inspired Poems (Blackheath, 2008)
  • Nowhere Fast (co-written with Tony O'Neill and Adelle Stripe (Captains Of Industry, 2008)
  • Heathcliff Adrift (New Writing North, 2014)
  • The Raven of Jórvíkshire (Tangerine Press, 2017)


  • John Lydon : The Sex Pistols, Pil and Anti-Celebrity (IMP 2005)
  • Green Day : American Idiots and the New Punk Explosion (IMP / Disinformation, 2005)
  • System of a Down : Right Here in Hollywood (IMP / Disinformation, 2006)
  • Muse : Inside the Muscle Museum (IMP 2004 and 2007)
  • The Clash : Rock Retrospectives (2007, with Ray Lowry)
  • Under The Rock (Elliott & Thompson, 2018)

Essay collections[edit]

  • American Heretics: Rebel Voices In Music (Codex, 2002)


  1. ^ "Benjamin Myers wins Gordon Burn Prize". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "3:AM Awards 2012: Longlist " 3:AM Magazine". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ Sam Jordison. "Not the Booker prize: The winner | Books". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tom-Gallon Trust Award | Society of Authors – Protecting the rights and furthering the interests of authors". Society of Authors. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "New Statesman: Poems of the Year 2015". 
  6. ^ "MY TIME UNDERCOVER AT THE NEWS OF THE WORLD". Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Richard: Ben Myers: Books". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "benjamin myers pig iron: Books". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Snorri & Frosti by Ben Myers Ltd Edition Christmas paperback from 3AM Press – with added sparkles! – Galley Beggar Press". 1 December 2013. Archived from the original on 18 July 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 

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