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Russell Celyn Jones

Professor Russell Celyn Jones set up the MA Creative Writing Programme at Birkbeck in 2003 and was its director for twelve years.  Previously he has taught at the University of East Anglia and the University of Warwick

He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in the USA.  His short fiction has been anthologised around the world and his novels are: Soldiers and Innocents, which was serialised on BBC Radio 4 and won the David Higham Prize; Small Times; An Interference of LightThe Eros Hunter; Surface Tension; Ten Seconds from the Sun, which won the Weishanhu Prize in China for the best foreign novel in translation; The Ninth Wave, a modern adaptation of one of the medieval tales from The Mabinogion.  He is currently working on a novel set in Los Angeles.

He has been a freelance feature writer for the Observer, Guardian, Independent, Time Out, Sunday Times and other major publications, and a book reviewer for The Times for fifteen 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 chaired the annual Man Booker event at Birkeck. To find out more and to see video recordings of his conversations with the authors Sarah Waters, Kazuo Ishiguro, Alan Hollinghurst, Hilary Mantel, Ali Smith, Colm Toibin and Julian Barnes go to the Birkbeck website.