'Charlie Hill is a real writer.' Jim Crace.

Charlie Hill. About.

Charlie Hill is a critically acclaimed writer of novels, memoir and short stories who also tries his hand at poetry and essays. His first novel The Space Between Things, a love story set against the backdrop of the 1990s road protest movement and the wars in the Balkans, was a subversion of the traditional bildungsroman. His second, Books, was a plot-driven and unashamedly commercial farce that questioned the value of such writing. These two novels attracted glowing praise from the Observer, the Times, the Financial Times and the Morning Star and were covered sympathetically by the London Review of Books and the Guardian.

'Rich in wry social commentary, but also funny and linguistically dexterous, the novel is sensitive to the genuine aspirations of its characters yet unsparing in exposing their delusions.' The Observer
 

An essentially plotless novella, Stuff, was released in 2016. And Walking Backwards, a 'thought provoking' pamphlet in which he 'plays around with form' came out in 2017.

'an accomplished novel...marvellously observed' the Times

Charlie’s short stories have otherwise appeared in a number of magazines and journals in print and online including: The Manchester Review, Ambit, Stand and The Lonely Crowd. Some are traditional narratives, others more playful. His published short fiction includes two one word short stories, one of which can be read here. It has also featured in a number of anthologies, while in 2015, the Ikon Gallery republished one of his pieces as part of its Summer exhibition.

'sharp, funny and shrewd' Financial Times

Charlie has made a couple of films and also writes the odd poem. His poetry has appeared in a number of publications in print and online.

Charlie Hill. Reading.

It would be a stretch to say that Charlie is in demand as a speaker, but he does get about the place. In 2016 he read at LiteraTurm in Frankfurt and the Birmingham Literary Festival; he has previously performed in Birmingham, Manchester, Oxford and Stratford-on-Avon and at both the London Short Story Festival and In Yer Ear. Charlie talks about his writing herehere, here, and here. He has been interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Open Book and in 2019 his work featured in the title track of an album by Matthew Edwards and the Unfortunates.

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