You can contact me using the form below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or, alternatively, by writing to me c/o School of Arts, University of Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK.
Here is my extended writer’s biography:
Jonathan Taylor is a novelist, memoirist, short-story writer, poet, critic and lecturer. He is author of the novels Melissa (Salt, Autumn 2015), shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2016 and longlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize, and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), which was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2013 and longlisted for Not the Booker Prize 2013, and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007). He is co-editor with Karen Stevens of the anthology High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories (Valley Press, 2018), and editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012), winner of the Saboteur Awards 2013: Best Fiction Anthology. His poetry collections are Cassandra Complex, published by Shoestring Press in July 2018, and Musicolepsy, published by Shoestring Press in April 2013. His collection of short stories, Kontakte and Other Stories, was published by Roman Books in July 2013, and has since been shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection 2014, and longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize 2014 and Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2014. A second edition of Kontakte and Other Stories, with a new preface, was published by Roman Books in 2014. He is Series Editor of Stretto Fictions, for Roman Books.
Jonathan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester, where he directs the MA in Creative Writing. His academic books are Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003) and Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic, hardback edition 2007, paperback edition 2014). His new monograph, Laughter, Literature, Violence, 1840-1930, will be published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2019. With Andrew Dix, he is co-editor of collection of essays Figures of Heresy (Sussex Academic, 2005). In previous roles, he was Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University (2007-2014) and Lecturer in English at Loughborough University (2001-2007), where he was co-founder and director of both the M.A. in Creative Writing and Ph.D in Creative Writing programmes. See the Academic page for further details and links.
Jonathan is co-founder and editor of the popular review blog, Everybody’s Reviewing, run in conjunction with Everybody’s Reading Festival and the Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester. He also runs the Creative Writing at Leicester blog.
Jonathan’s stories, poems, non-fiction and reviews have appeared in magazines, anthologies, websites and newspapers including the Times Literary Supplement, The Morning Star, The Independent, Times 2, Times Higher, Guardian Family, Guardian Education, Granta, London, Indent, Poetry Scotland, Iota, Envoi, Acumen, Seventh Quarry, Stand, Staple, New Walk, Rialto, Connotation Press, Indent, Poetry Cornwall, Coffee House, Family History Monthly, Necessary Fiction, New Trespass, Interpreter’s House, Poetic Diversity, NASA-Chandra, Agenda, The Author, Litro, Obsessed With Pipework, and many others. In 2012, his poetry was shortlisted for the Fermoy Internation Poetry Competition.
Jonathan’s prose, poetry, interviews and radio plays have featured on national and local radio stations across the U.K. and U.S., including BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Three Counties, BBC Leicester, BBC Cornwall, BBC Sussex, BBC Jersey, BBC Cumbria, BBC Leicester, Oneword, Resonance FM, Carillon, Radio Wildfire, Radio St. Austell, Radio Verulam, Takeover Radio, Heat FM, Heat Rays FM, Festival FM, Virtually American, U.K. Theatre Network, and many others.
Jonathan regularly comperes and organises events and workshops, and performs his stories, poetry, non-fiction and music at events, festivals and conferences in the U.K., as well as Cyprus and the U.S. These have included events at London Book Fair, Armenian Institute, Armenian Embassy, Swansea International Poetry Festival, Lowdham Book Festival, Warwick Words Festival, Cultural Exchanges Festival, Cheltenham Poetry Festival, Lichfield Festival, Greenbelt Literature Festival, States of Independence, NAWE, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Swanwick Writing School, Nottinghamshire Readers’ Day, Derbyshire Readers’ Day, Yorkshire Readers’ Day, Word Factory in London; public events and workshops in Leicestershire, Northampton, Birmingham, Nottingham, Lichfield; conferences and public readings at Lincoln University, Warwick University Arts Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Kingston University, Leicester University, Loughborough University Arts Centre, De Montfort University, Chicago University, European University of Cyprus, Sheffield University, Southampton University, Northampton University; schools in Liverpool and Leicester; LOROS events, conferences and courses in Leicester and Northampton; and Parkinson’s Disease Societies in Loughborough, Leicester, Durham, Northampton, Cheshunt, Tamworth, Newmarket, Bourne, Shrewsbury, and many others. In conjunction with Nine Arches Press, he runs the Shindigs (open-mic poetry evenings) in Leicester.
Jonathan also writes music. His work has been performed by himself and others at concerts in Leicester, Loughborough, Warwick, Skye, Cumbria, Hertfordshire, Edinburgh and elsewhere; and it has been broadcast on various radio stations.
Jonathan was born in 1973 and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, and now lives in Leicestershire with his wife, the poet Maria Taylor, their twin daughters, Miranda and Rosalind, and their cat Snibby.
Jonathan is on twitter @crystalclearjt.
Here is a list of major publications:
Cassandra Complex [poetry collection], Shoestring Press, July 2018, ISBN 978-1-912524-17-4.
Melissa [novel], Salt, Autumn 2015, ISBN 978-1784630355.
Entertaining Strangers [novel], Salt, November 2012, ISBN 978-1907773273.
Musicolepsy [poetry collection], Shoestring Press, April 2013, ISBN 978-1907356728.
Kontakte and Other Stories [short story collection], Roman Books, ISBN 978-9380905648, July 2013, 2nd edition ISBN 978-9380905709, July 2014.
Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself [memoir], Granta, London, July 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1862079552.
Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, hardback edition September 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1845191250, or 978-1845191252, also paperback edition November 2014, 272 pages, ISBN 9781845196479.
Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2003, 229 pages, ISBN 0-333-99312-8 and 978-0333993125. Also published as e-book in 2010, ISBN 978-0230554733.
High Spirits: A Round of Drinking Stories [anthology], Valley Press, November 2018, ISBN 9781912436125.
Overheard: Stories for Reading Aloud [anthology], Salt, November 2012. ISBN 978-1907773266.
Fizzle & Sizzle: An Anthology of New Writing by Young Writers in Leicestershire, co-edited with Maria Taylor, Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, Loughborough, 2008, ISBN 0-9551800-2-3, 978-0-9551800-2-6.
Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing, 1800-2000 [book of essays], co-edited with Dr. Andrew Dix, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2006, 228 pages, ISBN 1-84519-026-2.