Andrew has been writing fiction since he attended a creative writing night class at his local high school 2008-2010. He went on to do the MA in Creative Writing at Northumbria University and graduated with a distinction in 2013. He is currently working on a novel about Gustav Mahler, and his short story ‘Timewind’ featured in the ‘Uncommonalities’ anthology edited by John Schoneboom. Andrew has previously published nonfiction in the field of clinical psychology and psychotherapy. He lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with his wife, two children and a large number of classical and prog-rock CDs.
“It means a lot to me to win this award. My time at Northumbria University studying creative writing was very enjoyable, very challenging and I learned so much. When you’re juggling a demanding day job with family life it can be hard to hold on to your writer identity, especially during the pandemic when work and home life have been busier than ever. This award couldn’t have come at a better time and when the world settles down I look forward to using the award to get some intensive writing time back into my life and complete the novel.”