I am a Reader in Creative Writing here at Manchester Met and every year I have the privilege of watching new writers grow into themselves. As a teacher and editor I am extremely thorough so don’t be surprised if your work comes back with a lot of notes. I have written seven novels, two novellas and three volumes of short fiction (two full-length collections and a shorter volume). I have also edited twenty anthologies of short stories.
I’m interested in the uncanny, the weird and the Gothic. I am especially interested in short novels (50,000 words and under), short stories and experimental fiction. I enjoy surrealism, crime fiction and fiction about place, especially if a story is named directly after a place.
I collect second hand paperbacks and am actively collecting all the white-spined Picador paperbacks issued between 1972 and 1999/2000. So if you've got any you don't want...
I also work as an editor for Salt Publishing and run my own small press, Nightjar Press. Twice a week I play football and am often looking for extra players. I would always rather walk than get the bus, but I do like the tram. If you’re looking for me and I'm not in No.70, I can often be found rifling through the CD racks in the experimental/avant garde section at Vinyl Exchange.
Every year among the new intake of MFA/MA novel-writing students, I find a selection of writers who are so talented that it is inspiring and exhilarating to work with them and watch them get even better. The question is not ‘Can you really teach creative writing?’ The question is ‘how much better can you help someone get by immersing them in the MFA/MA process over two or three years?’
The answer is a lot.
Always remember the most important words are not those on the page.
Creative writing – fiction
Short stories, film, contemporary fiction, translation, surrealism, independent publishing.
N. Royle (2018). The Dummy & Other Uncanny Stories. The Swan River Press.
. Various (2017). Best British Short Stories 2017. N. Royle.
N. Royle (2017). Ornithology Sixteen Short Stories.
. Various (2016). Best British Short Stories. N. Royle.
N. Royle, D. Gledhill (2016). In Camera.
. Various (2015). The Art of the Novel. N. Royle.
. Various (2015). Best British Short Stories 2015. N. Royle.
. Various (2014). The Best British Short Stories 2014. N. Royle.
. Various (2013). The Best British Short Stories 2013. N. Royle.
N. Royle (2013). First Novel. Random House.
. Various (2012). The Best British Short Stories 2012. N. Royle. Salt Publishing.
. Various (2011). The Best British Short Stories 2011. N. Royle. Salt Publishing.
N. Royle (2011). Murmurations: An Anthology of Uncanny Stories About Birds. Two Ravens Press.
N. Royle (2011). Regicide. Solaris.
N. Royle The enigma of departure.
N. Royle Mortality.
N. Royle The appetite.
N. Royle (2008). '68: new stories from children of the revolution.
N. Royle Antwerp.
N. Royle (2004). Dreams Never End. Tindal Street Press.
N. Royle (2001). A Book of Two Halves Football Short Stories. Orion Publishing Company.
N. Royle (2000). The Time Out Book of London Short Stories Volume 2. Penguin.
N. Royle (2000). The Director's Cut. Abacus (UK).
N. Royle (1999). Neonlit The Time Out Book of New Writing.
N. Royle, TOM. Ltd (1999). The Time Out book of Paris short stories. Time Out Pub.
N. Royle (1998). The Ex Files New Stories about Old Flames. Quartet Books (UK).
N. Royle (1997). The Time Out Book of New York Short Stories. Time Out Pub.
Agony and the Ecstasy.
N. Royle (1997). The Matter of the Heart. Abacus (UK).
N. Royle (1996). The tiger garden a book of writers' dreams. Serpents Tail.
N. Royle (1996). Saxophone Dreams.
N. Royle (1993). Counterparts.
N. Royle (1992). Darklands 2.
N. Royle (1991). Darklands.
N. Royle (2009). Creative writing.
N. Royle (2009). Writers' rooms.
N. Royle (2008). Full on night.
N. Royle (2008). Jayne Anne Phillips.
N. Royle (2008). Salt.
N. Royle (2014). This Video Does Not Exist. In: The Spectral Book of Horror Stories. UK: Spectral Press, pp.236-252.
N. Royle The dummy.
N. Royle The goldfinch.
N. Royle Last drink bird head.
N. Royle The reunion.
N. Royle Rotterdam.
N. Royle The children.
N. Royle Unfollow.
N. Royle Very low-flying aircraft.
N. Royle Train, night.
L. Adkins, N. Duffy, K. Aubrey, A. Kettle, L. Biggs, et al. Made in Translation.
N. Royle Moss Nook.