Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction. His debut was The Scholar and his latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award, the Frank O’Connor Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the Theatre 503 Award for playwriting. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4. In 2016 he was awarded the Tayner Barbers Award for science fiction writing and the Roland Rees Busary for playwriting. He is associate lecturer in creative writing at the University of Westminster.