Biography

Henry Sutton is Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. He is Director of Creative Writing, and the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). He has been a member of faculty since January 2012. Previously he was the UEA Creative Writing Fellow in 2008, and Writer-In-Residence at BCLT, UEA Summer School 2009, and an associate tutor. He has taught all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing and supervises (and examines internationally) creative critical PhDs. He is the author of 12 novels - Good Dark Night (Corsair/Little Brown 2019) under the pseudonym Harry Brett, and The Hotel Inspector (Kampa Verlag, 2019) in press - and most recently published Red Hot Front (Corsair/Little, Brown, 2018), also under the pseudonym Harry Brett. He is also the author of My Criminal World (Harvill Secker/Vintage, 2013/2014), and a collection of short stories, Thong Nation (Serpent's Tail, 2005). He is the co-author of the crime novel, First Frost (Bantam/Corgi, 2011), under the pseudonym James Henry. His work has been published in many languages. His critical work includes the co-edited, with Dr Laura Joyce, Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction, for Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

He was awarded the J. B. Priestley Award in 2004. Kids’ Stuff was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and was also made into a stage play in Riga, Latvia.

He is the co-founder and a director of the 'Noirwich Crime Writing Festival', run in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, and previously the director of the UEA Literary Festival (Spring).

He has judged numerous literary awards, including the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.  He has been the Literary Editor of Esquire magazine, and the Books Editor of the Daily Mirror. Originally he trained as a journalist.

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