When I'm not writing, I teach creative writing courses at the University of Brighton, the Arvon Foundation and New Writing South. I have a PhD in English literature from the University of Sussex after writing a thesis on the rhetoric of friendship in Renaissance writing, 1579-1625. My interests include queer culture, Doctor Who and most things to do with Japan. I grew up in Watford but now live in Hove with my partner Morgan Case and our cats.
John at the Costa Book Awards ceremony in January 2020 after Reckless Paper Birds was shortlisted. He is joined by judge Jade Cuttle (left) and poet Karen Goodwin (right).