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Scorper (2015)

Gravedigger (2011)

Rob Magnuson Smith

Rob Magnuson Smith

Rob Magnuson Smith

Rob Magnuson Smith is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Exeter University’s Penryn campus.

His debut novel The Gravedigger won The William Faulkner Award.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, ‘Smith's well-wrought prose beautifully captures the tone of an English village and the awakening of a man whose livelihood depends on death but whose fear keeps him from living.’ His second novel Scorper was published by Granta. The Independent on Sunday called Scorper ‘an odd, original, darkly comic novel...Kafka crossed with Flann O'Brien’. Rob’s short fiction appears in Granta, Ploughshares, the Guardian, Guillemot Press, The Clearing, The Greensboro Review, Fiction International, and the Australian Book Review. He has won the Elizabeth Jolley Prize and been longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.

Rob’s current novel The Future of British Seaweeds emerges from two fellowships—the Arctic Circle Artist and Scientist Residency Program, and as a Writer-in-Residence at The Eden Project. Forthcoming fiction is commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Rob earned his MA in Creative Writing at UEA and his PhD at Bath Spa University. He has held visiting professorships at Hong Kong University and Vassar College. At Exeter he supervises undergraduate, MA and PhD students. Currently he lives and writes aboard a herring trawler in Cornwall.

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