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Centre for New Writing

M.J. Hyland

Lecturer in Creative Writing

M.J. Hyland
M.J. Hyland photographed by Rory Carnegie.

M.J. Hyland is an ex-lawyer and the author of three multi-award-winning novels. Her short stories have been shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Prize (2011) & (2012) and longlisted for the EFG Sunday Times Short Story Award (2014) and published in the UK, U.S.A, Australia, France & Italy.

The novels are: How  Light Gets In (2004), Carry Me Down (2006) and This is How (2009).   

Carry Me Down (2006) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won both the Hawthornden Prize & The Encore Prize. How the Light Gets In (2004) and Carry Me Down (2006) were longlisted for The Orange Prize (2004 & 2009), the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2004 & 2007) & This is How (2009) was longlisted for the Dublin International IMPAC prize.

As well as lecturing in Creative Writing in The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester, M J Hyland runs regular Fiction Masterclasses in The Guardian Masterclass Programme, and publishes advice for writers in The Guardian ’How to Write’ series.  

M J Hyland's nonfiction has been published in The GuardianThe London Review of BooksThe Financial TimesThe Scottish Herald and elsewhere.  Her essay, 'Hardy Animal' (Granta: 2012) was shortlisted for the £15,000 Hazlitt Essay Prize (2013).

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M.J.'s novels