Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and the Frank O’Connor Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the Theatre 503 Award for playwriting, as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2016, he was awarded the Taner Baybars Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Bursary for playwriting. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing.