Jonathan Tulloch

Novelist

Jonathan Tulloch is a naturalist and an award-winning novelist. For 10 years he has written the nature column Glimpses of Eden in Britain’s second oldest weekly magazine, the Tablet. Jonathan has published seven novels, two of which are for children; the subjects of his books range from retired miners in Gateshead (The Bonny Lad) to Vincent Van Gogh (The Winding Road), from a little girl travelling the length of Africa (I Am a Cloud) to a polar bear escaping from a zoo (Mr McCool).

The Season Ticket won the 2000 Betty Trask prize, and was made into the film Purely Belter, serialised on BBC Radio 4, and translated into five languages. In 2003 he won a J.B. Priestley award for The Lottery and in 2009 a K. Blundell award. Stan Barstow, the colossus of the north, said of his novel Give Us This Day: ‘Treasure him, there’s no saying what he’ll do next.’ He has broadcast on Channel 4, BBC4, and Radio 4.

Before becoming a writer Jonathan taught English and drama in a Gateshead school, and still enjoys visiting schools. During a year spent in South Africa, he devised a play with students from the township. He has been to prison many times, as a creative-writing teacher. He lives deep in the north Yorkshire countryside with his wife and son, and has never once driven a car. If you climb his neighbour’s tree you will see a white horse carved into a hill. Jonathan plays in a ceilidh band.

Jonathan Tulloch

Fellowships

University of Teesside 2015/16
University of York 2011/12
University of Teesside 2005-07