Nicholas Royle

Nicholas Royle (born 20 March 1963 in Manchester)[1] is an English novelist, editor, publisher, literary reviewer and creative writing lecturer.[2]

Nicholas Royle
Born (1963-03-20) 20 March 1963
Manchester, United Kingdom
GenreLiterary fiction/Crime fiction/Horror

Literary career


Royle has written seven novels: Counterparts, Saxophone Dreams, The Matter of the Heart, The Director’s Cut, Antwerp, Regicide and First Novel.[3] He also claims to have written more than 100 short stories, which have appeared in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including Bad Idea, with his short story Confessions of a Serial Coat Snatcher appearing in the 2008 Bad Idea Anthology.[4] He has written two short-story collections: Mortality and Ornithology.


Royle has won a British Fantasy Award three times: Best Anthology in 1992 and 1993 and Best Short Story in 1993. He has been nominated for Best Short Story three further times.[5]

The Matter of the Heart won the Bad Sex in Fiction Award in 1997.[6]


As an editor, Royle is best known for having edited[7] The Lighthouse, by Alison Moore, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize,[8] and The Many by Wyl Menmuir, which was longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.[9]

He has also edited 12 anthologies including A Book of Two Halves, The Tiger Garden: A Book of Writers’ Dreams, The Time Out Book of New York Short Stories, and Dreams Never End (Tindal Street Press) and several other novels.


Royle owns and manages Nightjar Press, which publishes short stories as signed, limited edition, chapbooks.[10] Nightjar Press has published authors including M. John Harrison, Christopher Kenworthy, Joel Lane, Alison Moore and Michael Marshall Smith[11]

Academic career

Royle is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing in the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University[12] and has been Chair of Judges for the Manchester Fiction Prize since it was launched in 2009.



  • Counterparts (1995 – ISBN 978 0 14024 386 4 [UK], Penguin )
  • Saxophone Dreams (1996 – ISBN 978 0 14024 387 1 [UK], Penguin)
  • The Matter of the Heart (1997 – ISBN 978 0 34910 956 5 [UK], Abacus)
  • The Director’s Cut (2001 – ISBN 978 0 34911 430 9 [UK], Abacus)
  • Antwerp (2005 – ISBN 978 1 85242785 6 [UK], Serpent's Tail)
  • Regicide (2011 – ISBN 978 1 90799 201 8 [UK], Serpent's Tail)
  • First Novel (2013 – ISBN 978 0 22409 698 0 [UK], Jonathan Cape)


  • The Enigma of Departure (2008 – ISBN 978 1 90583 420 4 [UK], PS Publishing)
  • The Appetite (2008 – ISBN 978 1 90633 102 3 [UK], Gray Friar Press)

Short story collections

  • Mortality (2011 – ISBN 978 1 85242 476 3 [UK], Serpent's Tail)
  • Ornithology (2017 – ISBN 978 0 99559 66 0 3 [UK], Confingo)

Personal life

Royle is married with two children and lives in Manchester.

Royle shares his name with a Professor of English at the University of Sussex (born 1957) who is an authority on Jacques Derrida, and the author of textbooks, including The Uncanny, and a novel, Quilt. The two writers are often confused with each other.[13]


  1. "Biography of Nicholas Royle on Salt website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 July 2008.
  2. "Biography on author's website".
  3. "Bibliography on author's website".
  4. Roberts, Jack; Daniel Stacey (22 May 2008). Bad Idea Anthology: The Best of Modern Storytelling. Anova Books. ISBN 9781906032302.
  5. "Award Bibliography: Nicholas Royle". ISFDB.
  6. "Bad Sex Award Winners". Archived from the original on 15 March 2012.
  7. Carole Huston (21 January 2013). "Nicholas Royle: From First Novel To First Novel". The Quietus.
  8. "Alison Moore". Man Booker Prize. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  9. "Graduate author on Man Booker Prize longlist". Manchester Metropolitan University. 27 July 2016.
  10. "About Nightjar Press".
  11. "Nightjar Press Authors".
  12. "Manchester Metropolitan University Staff Profile". Archived from the original on 19 April 2013.
  13. "Nicholas Royle vs Nicholas Royle". Words & Fixtures. 15 February 2011.

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