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His shorter fiction has appeared in Interzone, Solaris Rising 3, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 32nd Annual Collection. He has given guest lectures on creative writing at Bath Spa University, and has written for The Irish Times, SFX and 2000 AD.
Gareth has been interviewed by numerous magazines, websites, local radio shows and podcasts, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme. He is a popular panellist and speaker at British genre conventions such as Eastercon, Sci-Fi Weekender, Fantasycon and Nine Worlds. He was a guest of honour at BristolCon in 2012, and hosted the 2014 BSFA Awards ceremony at Dysprosium in London.
The product of mixed English and Welsh parentage, Gareth was born a stone’s throw from Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol, and has been writing for as long as he can remember. As a teenager, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to discuss one of his early short stories over coffee with Diana Wynne Jones (author of Howl’s Moving Castle and others), who gave him some invaluable advice and some handwritten notes he treasures to this day. He went on to study creative writing under Helen Dunmore and Tony Curtis at the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales), and spent 14 years working in marketing and public relations before giving it all up to become a full-time author.
The Guardian says, “Powell draws his characters with fine brushstrokes.” SF Book Reviews places him, “at the forefront of science fiction,” and Gutenberg’s Son writes that he, “has managed to find the balance between thoughtful existentialism and pulp adventure.”
Gareth lives in the West Country with his wife, two daughters and a cat.