Mike French is an author and the owner and senior editor of the prestigious literary magazine, The View From Here which has been called many fine things since it started in 2007 including, "Attractive, informative, sparkling and useful" by the late Iain M. Banks and for having a “great passion and drive” by Booker shortlisted Tom McCarthy.

Mike’s debut novel, The Ascent of Isaac Steward came out in 2011 with Cauliay Publishing and was nominated for The Galaxy National Book Awards which due to an unfortunate clerical error was awarded to Dawn French.

Born in Cornwall in 1967, Mike spent his childhood flipping between England and Scotland with a few years in between in Singapore. Splitting his time between his own writing, editing the magazine, running workshops and working with atp media in Luton, Mike is married with three children and a growing number of pets. He currently lives in Luton in the UK and when not working watches Formula 1, eats Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and listens to Noah and the Whale.

Mike's second novel a dsytopian sci-fi called Blue Friday was released in 2012 by Elsewhen Press and was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2013. Convergence, his third book, was released in October 2013 from Elsewhen Press and was also nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke award 2014. 

Luton: A Literary Desert?

Next month I'm really excited to be running The Luton Group of Writers an initiative  by Luton Central Library to pool writers in the Luton area together.

The first meeting is on Friday February 3
Time is 8pm
Place is “The Kitchen” cafe space in The Hat Factory

To reserve your place:
Call Neil Rowland, Community Librarian (01582 547426)

More details on facebook : click here.

Be great to see you there and it will be really interesting to see if the title of this post and picture are true or if there are lots of writers in the Luton area hiding just over the horizon.

Photo credit: Moyan Brenn