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Alex Howard

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Other contact method: Agent (Catherine Clarke): catherine@felicitybryan.com
Local authority: Edinburgh City
Languages: English
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Alex is an author and tutor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. His first book Library Cat (Black & White Publishing) arose out of a viral Facebook weblog, and has since gone on to sell rights to Korea (Woongjin), France (Bragelonne) and Italy (Garzanti), where it is an Elefanti Bestseller. In 2017, it earned him the Beryl Bainbridge Award at the People’s Book Prize.

Alex’s fiction and poetry has appeared widely in journals such as The London MagazineAesthetica and Gutter. It has also earned him shortlistings for the Melita Hume Prize, the Jane Martin Prize and a winning place in the Charles Causley International Poetry Prize, judged by Sir Andrew Motion. He has been invited to perform his work at multiple events and festivals, including Rally & Broad, the Hidden Door Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Alex also holds a PhD on Philip Larkin’s poetics of place, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He reads for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and has recently completed a new Young Adult novel.

He is represented by Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates.

Websites featuring the author

Local authorities can visit

Aberdeen; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events can deliver

Panel event; Performance; Reading; Residency; Talk; Workshop

Audience can work with

Adult learners; People experiencing mental health problems; Young people in the community (e.g. Youth clubs, Guides, Scouts)

Topics of work

Adolescence; Animals; Biography & memoir; Childhood; Comedy, humour & funny books; Contemporary fiction; Death, grief & bereavement; Family; Friendship; Loneliness & isolation; Love & romance; Nature; Publishing & getting published; Rural communities; Violence & abuse

Age groups published for

Teens; Adults

Age groups can work with

0-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-18; Adults

Audience size

0-10; 11-30; 31-100; 100-500; 500+