Andrew Cowan was born in Corby. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where is currently Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the programme. His first novel Pig (1984) won a Betty Trask Award, the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award, The Authors' Club First Novel Award, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize, and was shortlisted for five other awards. Common Ground (1996) and Crustaceans (2000) both received Arts Council bursaries, and What I Know (2005) was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers Award. He is also the author the guidebook The Art of Writing Fiction (2011).
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