Kris Doyle is an Editorial Director for the Picador imprint at Pan Macmillan, where he has worked since 2009. Before that he was a literary agent’s assistant at PFD. He publishes literary fiction and narrative non-fiction, primarily written in English. He has published books by Jon Ronson, Kate Clanchy, The Secret Barrister, Garth Greenwell, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard House, Marianne Power, Amelia Abraham, Guy Stagg, Edward Docx, Graham Robb, Clive James, Alexia Arthurs and Ben Judah. Books edited by Kris have been Sunday Timestop-ten bestsellers, others have been nominated for many literary prizes, including the Man Booker Prize, the British Book Awards, the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and the James Tait Black Prize. Kris was born and grew up in South Shields; he now lives and works in London.
The Northern Writers’ Awards offer a vital chance to recognise, celebrate and fund literary talent from the North of England; I was honoured to be asked to judge them. My first hope is that we find some writing worth shouting about that we can reward with acclaim – and prize money! My second ambition is that the awards might help those entrants who wish to make connections with the publishing industry outside of the North an opportunity to do so. I was born and lived in South Shields until I was eighteen and I have spent the last decade working in a London publishing house; I hope my knowledge of these two worlds might be of use in bridging the gap between them.