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. Courttia was part of the writer’s room for Steve McQueen’s forthcoming BBC TV drama series. His work has been nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, The Frank O’ Conner 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 broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster and is completing a PhD in creative writing. A speculative fiction story collection, Cosmogramma, will be published in Spring 2017.


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