Nicholas Royle

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Nicholas Royle
Born (1963-03-20) 20 March 1963 (age 55)
Manchester, United Kingdom
OccupationWriter
NationalityBritish
Period(1993–present)
GenreLiterary fiction/Crime fiction/Horror
Website
www.nicholasroyle.com

Nicholas Royle (born 20 March 1963 in Manchester)[1] is an English novelist, editor, publisher, literary reviewer and creative writing lecturer.[2]

Literary career[edit]

Author[edit]

Royle has written seven novels: Counterparts, Saxophone Dreams, The Matter of the Heart, The Director’s Cut, Antwerp, Regicide and First Novel.[3] He also claims to have written more than 100 short stories, which have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including Bad Idea, with his short story Confessions of a Serial Coat Snatcher appearing in the 2008 Bad Idea Anthology.[4] He has written two short-story collections: Mortality and Ornithology.

Awards[edit]

Royle has won a British Fantasy Award three times: Best Anthology in 1992 and 1993 and Best Short Story in 1993. He has been nominated for Best Short Story three further times.[5]

The Matter of the Heart won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award in 1997.[6]

Editor[edit]

As an editor, Royle is best known for having edited[7] The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize,[8] and The Many by Wyl Menmuir, which was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.[9]

He has also edited 12 anthologies including A Book of Two Halves, The Tiger Garden: A Book of Writers’ Dreams, The Time Out Book of New York Short Stories, and Dreams Never End (Tindal Street Press) and several other novels.

Publisher[edit]

Royle owns and manages Nightjar Press, which publishes short stories as signed, limited edition, chapbooks.[10] Nightjar Press has published authors including M. John Harrison, Christopher Kenworthy, Joel Lane, Alison Moore and Michael Marshall Smith[11]

Academic career[edit]

Royle is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University[12] and has been Chair of Judges for the Manchester Fiction Prize since it was launched in 2009.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Counterparts (1995 – ISBN 978 0 14024 386 4 [UK], Penguin )
  • Saxophone Dreams (1996 – ISBN 978 0 14024 387 1 [UK], Penguin)
  • The Matter of the Heart (1997 – ISBN 978 0 34910 956 5 [UK], Abacus)
  • The Director’s Cut (2001 – ISBN 978 0 34911 430 9 [UK], Abacus)
  • Antwerp (2005 – ISBN 978 1 85242785 6 [UK], Serpent's Tail)
  • Regicide (2011 – ISBN 978 1 90799 201 8 [UK], Serpent's Tail)
  • First Novel (2013 – ISBN 978 0 22409 698 0 [UK], Jonathan Cape)

Novellas[edit]

Short story collections[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Royle is married with two children and lives in Manchester.

Royle shares his name with a Professor of English at the University of Sussex (born 1957) who is an authority on Jacques Derrida, and the author of textbooks, including The Uncanny, and a novel, Quilt. The two writers are often confused with each other.[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography of Nicholas Royle on Salt website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Biography on author's website".
  3. ^ "Bibliography on author's website".
  4. ^ Roberts, Jack; Daniel Stacey (22 May 2008). Bad Idea Anthology: The Best of Modern Storytelling. Anova Books. ISBN 9781906032302.
  5. ^ "Award Bibliography: Nicholas Royle". ISFDB.
  6. ^ "Bad Sex Award Winners". Archived from the original on 15 March 2012.
  7. ^ Carole Huston (21 January 2013). "Nicholas Royle: From First Novel To First Novel". The Quietus.
  8. ^ "Alison Moore". Man Booker Prize. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Graduate author on Man Booker Prize longlist". Manchester Metropolitan University. 27 July 2016.
  10. ^ "About Nightjar Press".
  11. ^ "Nightjar Press Authors".
  12. ^ "Manchester Metropolitan University Staff Profile". Archived from the original on 19 April 2013.
  13. ^ "Nicholas Royle vs Nicholas Royle". Words & Fixtures. 15 February 2011.

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