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. 

Billingham & Kelman

Couple of interesting events coming up that I'm involved with.

First off I'm the interviewer/mc on a crime panel with top British crime writers Mark Billingham, Martyn Waites and Dan Waddell

Apparently I should be asking them about their shirts and killing people, so should be an interesting evening!

It's on Thursday 27th September, 8pm at Luton Central Library.

Next up I'm interviewing Stephen Kelman, the Luton born Booker prize shortlisted author of Pigeon English.
( See a past interview with him here at The View From Here.)

It's on Thursday 4th October, 7.30pm. Luton Central Library.

Tickets can be bought via the box office 01582 547474 or