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Russell Celyn Jones

BA (Lond) MA (Iowa)
Professor of Creative Writing

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tel: 020 3073 8223

About Russell Celyn Jones

Professor Russell Celyn Jones set up the MA Creative Writing Programme in 2003 and was its director for twelve years.  

He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the USA.  His first novel, Soldiers and Innocents was serialised in six parts on BBC Radio 4 and won the David Higham Prize, and his sixth novel Ten Seconds from the Sun won the Weishanhu Prize in China for the best foreign novel in translation. 

He has been a freelance feature writer for the Observer, Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times and other major publications, and a staff reviewer on The Times for over ten years. He has travelled for the British Council in South Africa, China and Romania.  Prizes he has judged include the Man Booker Prize, The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatji Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize.

He chairs the annual Man Booker event at Birkeck, in conversation in front of an audience of over 1000 with authors such as Sarah Waters, Kazuo Ishiguro, Alan Hollinghurst, Hilary Mantel and Ali Smith.