Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, Mark started writing stories as a child. Since then he has worked variously in bars, building sites, shops, and call-centres. In 2015 he completed a degree in Creative Writing through the Open University, followed by a Master’s at the University of Edinburgh. He is now studying towards a PhD in Creative Writing at Northumbria University and, in his spare time, enjoys online-poker, grain alcohol and whittling. He supports Leeds United.
“I feel very lucky to have won a place on the TLC Free Reads scheme. It is a huge honour and a massive vote of confidence from the Northern Writers’ Awards and New Writing North, particularly for new and emerging writers such as myself. I look forward to taking full advantage of the scheme, and to the expert guidance and opportunities it will provide. Thank you.”