Bill Kirton was born in Plymouth, England but has lived most of his life in Scotland. He’s written stage and radio plays, songs and sketches for revues, flash fiction, short stories, novels, stories for children and five non-fiction books aimed at helping students with their work, writing and study skills. He’s been a university lecturer, actor, director, TV presenter, visiting professor and artist at the University of Rhode Island and spent a few years as a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow in universities in Aberdeen, Dundee and St Andrews. Most of his books have a crime element but he’s also written historical and romance novels, parodies, satires and spoofs of other genres. He now coordinates the RLF’s Bridge initiative in Scotland, which places writers in schools to give workshops designed to help final year pupils with the transition to tertiary education.
His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and one of them, Love Hurts, was chosen for the 2010 Mammoth Book of Best British Crime and has been optioned by a film company in Los Angeles.
Forward International Literature Awards (2011): Gold for The Sparrow Conundrum in the Humor category and Silver for The Darkness in Mystery.
The Figurehead was long-listed for the 2012 Rubery Award.
The Sparrow Conundrum also won the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award for Humour on the review site Big Al’s Books and Pals.