WILLIAM BEDFORD left school at fifteen to work on the Humberside fish docks and east coast fairgrounds. He took First Class Honours in English Literature and a Ph.D. at the University of Sheffield, and taught for several universities before becoming a full-time novelist in 1984. He received an Arts Council Major Bursary for Poetry in 1978, Society of Authors Award in 1993, Yorkshire and Humberside Arts Award in 1993, Yorkshire Arts Award in 2000 for the publication of The Redlit Boys and a Royal Literary Fund Award in 2007. His first novel, Happiland, was runner-up for the 1990 Guardian Fiction Prize. His poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in over a hundred magazines worldwide. His Collecting Bottle Tops: Selected Poetry 1960-2008 was published in 2009. His selected short stories and non-fiction, None of the Cadillacs Was Pink, was also published in 2009. He was on the Editorial Board of Poetry Salzburg Review from 2007 to 2016, and was Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Oxford Brookes University from 2008 to 2011.
NEW: The Bread Horse
William Bedford's new collection of poems, recreating his mother's 1920s childhood in the east end slums of Sheffield.
NEW: The Fen Dancing
William Bedford's new collection begins with poems about his father's 1920s childhood in a remote farming community in Lincolnshire, and ends with the Manhattan skyline and the literary world of Greenwich Village.
Shortlisted for the 2014 London Magazine International Short Story Competition
Winner of the 2014 Roundel Poetry Prize
Winner of the 2014 London Magazine International Poetry Prize