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Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford is the author of five novels for adults: Acts of Revision (Transworld 1996), winner of the Yorkshire Post Best First Work Award; Exit, Orange & Red (Transworld 1997); The Houdini Girl (Penguin 1999); Black Cat (Penguin 2000); and The Island of Lost Souls (Bloomsbury 2006). Between them, his novels have been translated into 12 languages.

His award-winning debut novel for teenagers and young adults, Flip, was published in 2011 by Walker Books in the UK and by Wendy Lamb Books (an imprint of Random House) in the U.S. It was also published in Canada and, in translation, in Germany, Italy, Thailand, the Netherlands and Russia. His second teen/YA novel, Never Ending, was published on both sides of the Atlantic in 2014.

Martyn has also had numerous short stories published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and broadcast on radio and the Internet. One story, Letters Home (Leeds Stories, Comma Press 2006), has been made into a short film, premiering at the 2009 Version Film Festival, at the Cornerhouse, in Manchester.

Martyn is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where he studied under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. He is a senior associate lecturer in creative writing at Leeds Trinity University College and has previously taught at Manchester, Leeds and Leeds Metropolitan universities, as well as an academic writing residency at Leeds Trinity as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow.

His creative-writing teaching also includes school groups and residential courses for the Arvon Foundation and he was a founding consultant and critic-in-residence for the online writing forum

He was a fiction critic for the Literary Review (2000–2009) and previously reviewed for the New Statesman. Before becoming a writer and teacher, Martyn worked for thirteen years as a journalist in regional newspapers all over the UK.

Martyn was born and grew up in Croydon, south London, but has lived for many years in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, with his wife and two daughters.

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