Benjamin Myers was born in Durham in 1976. His novel The Gallows Pole received a Roger Deakin Award and won the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction. Beastings won the Portico Prize for Literature and Pig Iron won the Gordon Burn Prize. His latest novel The Offing was a A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick and has been adapted for the theatre by Janice Okoh. The Gallows Pole is currently being adapted for the BBC by Shane Meadows, releasing in 2022.
He has also published poetry, crime novels and short fiction, while his journalism has appeared in publications including, among others, the Guardian, New Statesman, Caught by the River and New Scientist. He lives in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire.