Sam Thompson was born in London in 1978.

His first book Communion Town, which is about a kaleidoscopic city, was longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. His second book Jott is about friendship, madness and modernism. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Encore Prize.

His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from No Alibis Press and Salt Publishing, among other places. He’s written for the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and other periodicals, and has taught English lit and creative writing at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes and Queen’s University Belfast.

He lives in Belfast.

Photo: Andrew Thompson