Philip Langeskov was born in Copenhagen in 1976. As an undergraduate, he studied English Language and Literature at UCL, after which he spent ten years working for bookshops and publishing companies in London, before coming to Norwich to study on the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose), which was soon followed by a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. A short story writer, his fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and appeared in various places, including Untitled Books, Five Dials, The Warwick Review, Unthology, and Best British Short Stories 2011 & 2014. His first book, Barcelona, was published by Daunt Books in 2013.
At UEA he co-convenes the MA Creative Writing (Prose) with Naomi Wood and teaches Creative Writing at all levels of the curriculum, from 1st year undergraduates to PhD supervision. He has a range of responsibilities outside his teaching role. He is Director of the Spring Literary Festival, which brings a range of writers of international standing to UEA. Recent guests have included George Saunders, Lionel Shriver, Ali Smith and Elif Shafak. In addition, he is co-director, with Nathan Hamilton, of the UEA Publishing Project, a major initiative intended to establish an innovative independent press at UEA. Among its initial publications are: the Keshiki Series, a collaboration between UEA, Writers' Centre Norwich and NUA to promote the work of emerging or neglected contemporary Japanese writers; Literary Activism, a collection of essays edited by Amit Chaudhuri; and Five Boiler House Poets.
He is particularly interested in supervising posgtgraduate research students who either write short stories or engage critically with the contemporary short story.
'Barcelona' in in Royle, Nicholas (ed.) The Best British Short Stories 2014, Salt Publications, Cromer 2014.
Barcelona, Daunt Books, London 2013.
'Una Distrazione' (trans. Giulio D'Antona) Cadillac 6, Rivista Cadillac, Milan 2013.
‘A Distraction’ Five Dials 28, Hamish Hamilton, London 2013.
‘The Russians’ in Unthology 3, Unthank Books, Norwich 2012.
‘Marta’ in Hulse, Michael (ed.) Warwick Review, Vol. 5, No.4, December 2011.
‘Unspeakable Acts’ commissioned by the BBC to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of W. G. Sebald, first broadcast on The Verb, BBC Radio 3, 14th October 2011.
‘Notes on a Love Story’ in Royle, Nicholas (ed.) The Best British Short Stories 2011, Salt Publications, Cambridge 2011.
‘Notes on a Love Story’ in Five Dials 9, Hamish Hamilton, London 2010.
‘Christmas Eve, 1982’ in Untitled Books 18, Untitled Books, London 2009.
‘The Man Who Lives in the Woods’ in UEA Creative Writing Anthology 2009, Egg Box Publishing, Norwich 2009.
‘The Flaming Heart becomes a Fount of Tears: Illness and the Decadent Condition’ in Pelling, Rowan (ed.) The Decadent Handbook, Dedalus Books, Cambridge 2006.
‘If it hadn't been for the beetroot I would have killed myself’ in Bad Idea 3, Bad Idea Magazine, London 2006.