Welcome to the website of the author Jonathan Taylor.
I am author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007). My poetry collection is Musicolepsy (Shoestring Press, 2013); my short story collection is Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman Books, 2013).
Entertaining Strangers was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2013, and longlisted for Not the Booker Prize 2013, run by The Guardian. Kontakte and Other Stories was shortlisted for the Saboteur Best Short Story Collection Award 2014, and longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2014 and Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2014.
I am editor of the anthology of short stories Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, November 2012), winner of the Saboteur Award 2013 for Best Fiction Anthology.
I am also Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester in the U.K., and co-director of arts organisation and small publisher Crystal Clear Creators. In this latter role, I am general editor of Hearing Voices Magazine, and the Crystal Pamphlets series.
You can see more details about me and my work here.
I hope you enjoy exploring my site. Please do get in touch with any questions or comments about the site or my work.
Second novel longlisted for award
My second novel, Melissa (not yet published, but almost complete!), was longlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize 2013.
Short story collection and awards
My short story collection, Kontakte and Other Stories, has now been published by Roman Books. It has been longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2014 and Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2014, and shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection 2014.
Anthology wins award, and featured on Radio 3
In September 2013, the anthology was also featured on Ian McMillan’s BBC Radio 3 show, The Verb.
Poetry collection published
My poetry collection, Musicolepsy, has now been published by Shoestring Press.
You can read excerpts from Musicolepsy on Michelle McGrane’s website, Peony Moon.
Novel and awards
My novel, Entertaining Strangers, published by Salt, has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2013, and longlisted for The Guardian Not the Booker Prize 2013. You can see more information about the novel, read an excerpt, watch a trailer, and order it on the publisher’s website here, or you can order it from Amazon here.
Poems on Radio 3
My poem ‘Record Shop, Lime Street, Liverpool’ was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Breakfast programme on Wednesday 16 January 2013. My poem ‘On Hearing Glenn Gould Play the First Nine Bars of J. S. Bach’s Praeludium 8′ was featured on BBC Radio 3’s Words and Music programme on Sunday 3 March.
Interviews and articles
You can read a new interview with me about becoming a writer on Kelcey Parker’s excellent site How to Become a Writer. You can read an interview about my novel on Conversations With Writers. You can read an article about the research behind my novel on Necessary Fiction.
My review of Sue Hubbard’s novel Girl in White was published on 29 November 2012 in The Independent Newspaper. My review of Jenn Ashworth’s novel The Friday Gospels was published on 26 February 2013, also in The Independent Newspaper.
Hearing Voices Magazine
The new, fifth issue of Hearing Voices Magazine, edited by myself and Maria Taylor, is now published by Crystal Clear Creators.Hearing Voices Magazine , vol. 5, features poetry and short fiction by Myra Schneider, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Michael Waters, John Hoppenthaler, Robert Graham, Rory Waterman, C. J. Allen, Angela France, Lisa Mansell, and many others. You can order it here.