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Well, one way or another, you’ve found yourself on the home page of the website for Martyn Bedford – award-winning novelist and creative writing tutor. If you meant to be here, welcome … if not, you’ve probably already navigated away.

My first novel for teenagers and young adults, , was published in Britain, the U.S. and seven other countries. In the UK, it was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal and named as a Red House Children’s Book Awards Pick of the Year title, as well as winning four regional prizes: the Sheffield Children’s Book Award, the Calderdale Book of the Year Award, the Bay Book Award and the Immanuel College Book Award.


My second teen novel, , has just been published in the UK, the U.S. and Canada. It has received prestigious starred reviews in America from Kirkus and Booklist and was Book of the Month on Lovereading4kids.co.uk. The Carnegie Medal winning author Robert Swindells said of Never Ending:

“I wish I’d written it. It’s the greatest teen novel ever to come my way and I don’t expect to find a better.”

I’m also the author of five novels for adults which, between them, have been translated into thirteen languages – Acts of Revision; Exit, Orange & Red; The Houdini Girl; Black Cat and The Island of Lost Souls – in addition to numerous short stories, two of which are free to read on this site.

I teach on the English & Writing BA and Creative Writing MA at Leeds Trinity University and run writing workshops and courses in schools, colleges and for community groups.

Most of what you need to know about me and my work is here. And there’s a blog, as well, where I’ll be posting news and events and sounding off about things that interest me (and hopefully you too).

Martyn Bedford is the genuine article, a writer of unmistakable flair and accomplishment.
(The New York Times)