Peter Hobbs is an acclaimed novelist and short-story writer. His first novel The Short Day Dying (Faber, 2005) won a Betty Trask award and was shortlisted for the Whitbread first novel award, the John Llewellyn Rhys prize and the International Impac Dublin award. It was followed by a collection of short stories I Could Ride All Day in My Cool Blue Train (Faber, 2006) and a second novel In the Orchard, the Swallows (Faber, 2012). His writing varies greatly in style, voice and subject, while tackling underlying universal themes.
Since 2008 Peter has been a writer-in-residence for the charity First Story, which arranges for writers to run creative-writing workshops in disadvantaged state schools across the country. He has a wide experience of teaching creative writing and has also been a judge for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize (2007) and the BBC national short-story award (2013). He is presently working on a new novel and editing an anthology of short stories. He grew up in Cornwall and Yorkshire, and now lives in London.