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James Hopkin

Great Britain
discipline: literature
residency city: Wrocław

James Hopkin studied English with Philosophy, gaining First Class Honours at Manchester, followed by a Distinction in his MA Studies in Modern Fiction at the UEA, Norwich and a British Academy scholarship for his PhD at York & the UEA. In 1998, he began writing about literature for the New Statesman and the Guardian, for the latter interviewing Różewicz, Miłosz, Szymborska, Stasiuk, Tokarczuk and others.

Publishing short stories since 1994, Hopkin won the first Norwich Prize for Literature (UK Arts Council) in 2002 with the short story, Even the Crows Say Krakow, which was subsequently published by Picador for whom he signed in 2003. Winter Under Water, his first novel was published to critical acclaim in 2007 (and republished in 2014), and in Polish as Zatopinona Zima (Znak) in 2009. Both books are now available as ebooks, too.

In 2007, he was the Guest Professor of Literature at the University of Leipzig, and he has been writer-in-residence in several countries across Europe, reading his fiction at festivals across the continent, including Edinburgh, Tbilisi, Zagreb and Viborg, Denmark. His short stories have been widely anthologised, including in the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s 4-book anthology, Elsewhere (2012). Nine of his stories have been dramatised by BBC Radio 3 and 4, including A Dalmation Trilogy, A Georgian Trilogy, and stories set in Vienna and Berlin. He also worked as a contributing writer to the film, Fishermen’s Conversations (2015).

He won a J B Priestley Award in 2010, a Society of Authors’ Award in 2011, and was shortlisted for the Manchester International Fiction Prize in 2013, with the story, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’s Arm. In October, 2014, he was awarded a UNESCO city of literature Kraków bench plaque in Planty.

New work includes the novel, Say Goodbye to Breakfast (Picador) and the collected stories, Fairy-tales for Fugitives (Picador). He continues to review European literature in the UK.