Henry Sutton is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. He is the co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), and the director of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). He has been a member of faculty since January 2012. Previously he was the UEA Creative Writing Fellow in 2008, and Writer-In-Residence at BCLT, UEA Summer School 2009, and an associate tutor. He has taught all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing and supervises (and examines internationally) creative critical PhDs. He is the author of 10 novels, most recently Time to Win (Corsair/Little, Brown, 2017), under the pseudonym Harry Brett. The novel before then and under his own name was My Criminal World (Harvill Secker/Vintage, 2013). He is also the author of a collection of short stories, Thong Nation (Serpent's Tail, 2005) and co-author of the crime novel, First Frost (Bantam/Corgi, 2011), under the pseudonym James Henry. His work has been published in many languages. He is editing a collection of essays, Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction, for Palgrave Macmillan (2017).
He was awarded the J. B. Priestley Award in 2004. Kids’ Stuff was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and was also made into a stage play in Riga, Latvia.
He also convenes the MA module The Writing of Crime / Thriller Fiction, designed the undergraduate module, The Art of Murder, as well as founding, and designing (with Learning and Teaching Services), the part-time, low-res, distance learning MA Crime Fiction platform and mode of delivery. He is the founder and a director of the 'Noirwich Crime Writing Festival', and presviously the director of the UEA Literary Festival (Spring).
He has judged numerous literary awards, including the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. He has been the Literary Editor of Esquire magazine, and the Books Editor of the Daily Mirror. Originally he trained as a journalist.
My Criminal World,
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First Frost (published under the pseudonym James Henry),
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Get Me Out of Here,
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Key Research Interests
Prose style, new narrative forms, narrative perspective and plot within the novel are particular interests; also, the ever evolving crime/thriller genre and concepts of contemporary literary value. Creative work currently centres on crime fiction, and the crime series (with particularly emphasis on the criminal perspective and setting), while critical work addresses the contemporary crime genre and aspects of plot.
External Activities and Indicators of Esteem
- 2016 - External examiner, PhD, Queensland University of Technology
- 2016 - Programme Director, 'Noirwich'
- 2015 - Programme Director, 'Noirwich'
- 2015 - Captivating Criminality conference, paper/panel member
- 2014 - Programme Director, 'Noirwich'
- 2014 - Cheltenham Literature Festival, panel chair
- 2014 - British Library, Crime panel
- 2014 - East Anglian Book of the Year, judge
- 2014 - Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, founder and programme director
- 2014 - Geneva Writers' Conference: featured author/ workshop leader
- 2013 - Harrogate Crime Writing Festival: Panel member
- 2013 - Literature Curator, Harrogate International Summer Festival
- 2012 - Literature Curator, Harrogate International Summer Festival
- 2012 - Tutor, Novel Master-Class, Writers’ Centre Norwich
- 2011 - Harrogate Crime Writing Festival: panel chair
- 2011 - Judge, Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
- 2011 - Literature Curator, Harrogate International Summer Festival
- 2010 - The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
- 2010 - Tutor, Teaching the Zeitgeist, Writers’ Centre Norwich
- 2009 - King’s Lynn Literature Festival
- 2008 - Chair, John Lewellyn Rhys Prize
- 2008 - Prose Fiction Master-Class, New Writing Partnership
- 2007 - Chair, New Writing Ventures Fiction Award
- 2007 - Judge, Eastern Daily Press Short Story Award
- 2005 - Durham Book Festival
- 2000-2005 - Literary Editor, Esquire magazine
- 2004-2012 - Columnist, Daily Mirror
- 2001 - Prose Fiction Visiting Guest, Arvon Foundation
- 2000 - Prose Fiction Visiting Guest, Arvon Foundation
Co-Convenor, MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
Convenor, MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction)
Admissions tutor, MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction)
Admissions tutor, MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction)
Module organiser and tutor, The Writing Of Crime/Thriller Fiction (MA)
Director 'Noirwich Crime Writing Festival', part of an Impact Case Study
British Archive for Contemporary Writing board member
Extenuating Circumstances Committee member
Creative Writing Committee member
PGT Committee member