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“Brilliant.” The Guardian

“When you have an imagination like Gareth Powell’s, you must write or paint or otherwise vent that imagination through art so your head won’t explode.” – New York Journal of Books

“Mad genius.” – Barnes & Noble


GARETH L. POWELL is the author of the novels, Embers of War, Fleet of Knives, Light of Impossible Stars, Ack-Ack Macaque, Hive Monkey, Macaque Attack, The Recollection, and Silversands, as well as the horror novella, Ragged Alice, and the short fiction collections, Entropic Angel and The Last Reef.

He was born and raised in Bristol, was once fortunate enough to have Diana Wynne Jones critique one of his early short stories over coffee, and went on to study creative writing under Helen Dunmore at the University of Glamorgan.

He is now a popular panelist and speaker at literary events and conventions around the UK. He has run creative writing workshops and given guest lectures at a number of universities, libraries and conferences, is a frequent guest on local radio, and has appeared on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme.

His alternate history thriller Ack-Ack Macaque won the 2013 BSFA Award for Best Novel and was a finalist in the best translated novel category for the 2016 Seiun Awards in Japan, while Indian technology news service Factor Daily hailed his novel Embers of War as a, ‘contemporary classic.’

Gareth’s books have been translated into French, German, Japanese, and Czech, and his short stories into many other languages, including Greek, Polish, Portugese and Hebrew. His short fiction has appeared in Interzone, Clarkesworld, and The Year’s Best Science Fiction, and his story ‘Ride The Blue Horse’ was shortlisted for the 2015 BSFA Award.

In addition to his fiction, Gareth has written for The Guardian, The Irish Times, 2000 AD, and SFX. He has almost 20 years experience as a copywriter and holds a certificate from the Institute of Direct Marketing.

He is also a creative writing tutor who has run workshops and given guest lectures at several UK universities, including Aberystwyth, Bath Spa, Bucks New Uni, and York, and Luna Press will publish About Writing, his field guide for aspiring authors, in 2019.

Gareth is also a screenwriter, having written scripts for a number of corporate short films, and is currently working on his feature debut.

Gareth still lives near Bristol and is professionally represented by Alexander Cochran of the C&W literary agency.