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Dr Rob Magnuson Smith


Rob Magnuson Smith is a novelist, short story writer and investigative journalist. He holds a BA in philosophy and a BA in psychology (double honours) from Pitzer College in Claremont, California, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (David Higham Award) and a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University (International Doctoral Research Fellow).

His debut novel The Gravedigger was published in 2010 after winning the Pirate's Alley William Faulkner Award. His second novel Scorper was published by Granta in 2015. The Independent called Scorper 'an odd, original, darkly comic novel...Kafka crossed with Flann O'Brien'.

His short fiction most recently appeared in the Australian Book Review as the winner of the 2015 Elizabeth Jolley Award and was longlisted for the 2016 Times EFG Short Story Award. His short fiction appears in The Clearing, the Guardian, The Literarian, Fiction International, The Reader, The Istanbul Review, and The Greensboro Review. Rob is a contributing editor at Playboy and has published investigative articles on Soviet-era primate hybridization experiments, the scientific search for alien life, and the book repository underpinning the Internet Archive. He has written creative nonfiction for the Guardian and Granta. In 2016 he was Writer-in-Residence at The Eden Project and produced a story inspired by his experiences published by Guillemot Press.

Rob teaches English and Creative Writing at Exeter’s Penryn campus in Cornwall. He lectures on a wide range of modules and supervises a number of undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing dissertations.