Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Literary talent-spotter is latest Creative Writing Fellow

Wednesday, 05 September 2012


Literary talent-spotter extraordinaire John L. Williams  joins Brookes as a Creative Writing Fellow this month. John has been responsible for commissioning three titles short-listed for the Orange Prize and one for the Booker Prize. As a novelist he’s best known for The Cardiff Trilogy, published by Bloomsbury. He has written biographies of both the British black power leader Michael X and the Cardiff chanteuse Shirley Bassey (Times Music Book of the Year 2010). He is the Crime Fiction reviewer for the Mail On Sunday. As a freelance commissioning editor he works mainly for Serpent's Tail. He joins stellar names such as Phillip Pullman, Sarah Dunant, Kate Clanchy, Nick Cohen, James Meek, and Patience Agbabi in helping our Creative Writing students to grow their talent. James Hawes, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, says: "John is a seriously good writer who has also shown, as an editor, a quite extraordinary ability to find the books the prize judges like. He will be able to give our students unique insights into what makes a winning story."