Beard, Richard

Taught at the UEA : 2013, 2016-17, MA Year : 1995

Biography

A graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA. His novels include Lazarus is Dead, Dry Bones, Damascus, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and Acts of the Assassins, which was shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize in 2015. His books of narrative non-fiction include the memoir The Day That Went Missing (Harvill Secker 2017). For six years he was Director of The National Academy of Writing in London and is a visiting Professor at the University of Tokyo. He taught on the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) and on the MFA in Creative Writing.

Awards and recognition

  • Arts Council Authors Award (1997, 2015)
  • Goldsmiths Prize shortlist for Acts of the Assassins (2015)
  • PEN Ackerley Award winner for The Day That Went Missing (2018)
  • Rathbones Folio Prize shortlist for The Day That Went Missing (2018)
  • James Tait Black (Biography) Award shortlist for The Day That Went Missing (2018)
  • National Book Critics Circle Autobiography Award shortlist for The Day That Went Missing (2018)
  • Works

  • X20 A Novel of (Not) Smoking (1996)
  • Damascus (1998)
  • The Cartoonist (2000)
  • Muddied Oafs: The Last Days of Rugger (2003)
  • Dry Bones (2004)
  • Manly Pursuits: Beating the Australians (2006)
  • Becoming Drucilla: One Life, Two Friends, Three Genders (2008)
  • Lazarus is Dead (2011)
  • Acts Of The Assassins (2015)
  • The Day That Went Missing (2017)