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Dr Rob Magnuson Smith

Biography

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).

Rob's 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 has appeared in The Clearing, the Guardian, The Literarian, Fiction International, The Reader, The Istanbul Review, The Greensboro Review, Guillemot Press and recently in the Australian Book Review after winning the Elizabeth Jolley Award. Rob has written investigative journalism on Soviet-era primate hybridization experiments, the scientific search for alien life, and the book repository underpinning the Internet Archive. In 2016 he was Writer-in-Residence at The Eden Project. In June of 2018 he was an Arts Fellow in the Arctic Circle Residency.

Rob is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Exeter’s Cornwall campus. As co-Director of the Creative Writing programme, he supervises a number of undergraduate and postgraduate Creative Writing dissertations. In autumn 2018 he is a Visiting Professor in Creative Writing at Vassar College in New York.