THIS IS HOW
HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN
CARRY ME DOWN
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About M.J. HYLAND
M.J. Hyland in conversation with Michael Williams at the Melbourne Writers Festival
M.J. Hyland discusses the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set A Watchman (BBC1/BBC News)
M.J. Hyland is an ex-lawyer and the author of three multi-award-winning novels: How the Light Gets In (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize); Carry Me Down (shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Booker Prize, and winner of the Encore Prize and the Hawthornden Prize); and This Is How (longlisted for the Orange Prize and the Dublin International IMPAC Prize). Her short fiction has been shortlisted or longlisted for the BBC Short Story Awards 2011 & 2012, and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.
Hyland has written for, among others, the Paris Review, the Guardian, the Manchester Review, Film International, the Financial Times (her essay, 'The Trial of Mary Bale', also features in Best Australian Essays 2011, as 'Trial by Internet'), Granta ('Hardy Animal', originally published in Granta 120: Medicine, was shortlisted for the inaugural William Hazlitt Essay Prize), and is a reviewer of books, films and plays for BBC Radio 4 and the Monthly.
Hyland has led writing workshops for the Faber Academy (London), Guardian Masterclasses (London & Manchester) the Irish Writers' Centre (Dublin), Curtis Brown Creative (London), Arizona State University's Workshop Programme, Stockholm University, Griffith University (South East Queensland, Australia) and more, and has been a senior lecturer at The Centre for New Writing (University of Manchester) since 2007.
For more on M.J. Hyland and her writing, see 'Trojan Mules of Meaning', a conversation via 'miniature essays' with David Gavan (Tin House), and Hyland's thoughts on writing from a killer's perspective (ABC Radio, with Jeff Lindsay, author of the books behind the Dexter TV series). In 'The Drugs Do Work' (the Guardian), Hyland looks at the history and usage of neuroenhancers ('smart drugs'), and discusses her own experiences with them, a topic she returns to in 'Controlling Our Health' (The Forum, BBC Radio 4). This is just a small sample of the free written, audio and video content you can access online. Feel free to Google, or take a look at the M.J. Hyland Wikipedia article.
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