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Martyn Bedford
Martyn Bedford
Fellow at Leeds Trinity University, 2008-10

Martyn Bedford grew up in Croydon and now lives in West Yorkshire. He is the author of five novels which, between them, have been translated into twelve languages. Acts of Revision won the 1996 Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award and was described by The Times as 'sinister yet extremely funny... an exceptional first novel', and by The Times Literary Supplement as 'compellingly written and impressively structured... a complex psychological portrait painted with a subtle and instinctive hand'. Reviewing The Houdini Girl (Penguin, 1999) in the New York Times, Carey Harrison said: 'Martyn Bedford is the genuine article, a writer of unmistakeable flair and accomplishment'. His most recent novel is The Island of Lost Souls (Bloomsbury, 2006). Martyn's short stories have been published in newspapers, magazines and anthologies and broadcast on the radio and the internet.

He is a regular fiction critic for the Literary Review and has taught creative writing at Leeds University, Manchester University and the Arvon Foundation. Martyn is a critic-in-residence on the Arts Council funded new writing website,, and runs a manuscript appraisal service, Literary Intelligence. He has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia.