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 nine 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, , was published in 2014 in the UK, the U.S. and Canada, with editions to follow in Germany and Poland. It was nominated for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal and has received prestigious starred reviews in America from Kirkus and Booklist and favourable, high-profile reviews in the UK from The Guardian, The Observer, Metro and The Literary Review. It was also a Book of the Month on lovereading4kids.
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.”
My third teen novel, Twenty Questions for Gloria, is scheduled for publication in the UK, America and Canada in spring 2016, and in translation in Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the Netherlands.
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, three of which are free to read on this site by following the links on the Short Stories page.
I teach on the English & Writing BA and Creative Writing MA at Leeds Trinity University and have been running workshops and writing courses in schools, colleges, libraries, bookshops and for community groups since 1999.
Martyn Bedford is the genuine article, a writer of unmistakable flair and accomplishment.
(The New York Times)