Sean lives in rural Dorset, inspired by soft hills and damp sheep. Winner of the £10,000 Manchester Fiction Prize 2015, he has been able to buy himself the time in 2016 to complete his first novel. LET THEM CALL IT TRUTH tells the story of the brutal dictator of the Dominican Republic Rafael Trujillo and his little-known pre-war offer of refuge to a million German Jews. His motivations were sinister, and its tale a twisted one.
Sean is now working on his second novel, which is set in present-day and eighteenth century Istanbul. He loves writing and reading short stories, and admires the startling simplicity of Sarah Hall, Richard Ford, David Means, Grace Paley, Helen Simpson and other greats. Though he thinks it’s tough to beat Chekhov.
Snake Charm (short story) in The Moth Magazine, 2016
Reimbursement (short story) in Bridport Prize anthology, 2014
Rethinking Public Strategy, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 (non-fiction)
Recent Awards and Residencies
Manchester Fiction Prize (£10,000) 2015
The Short Story Prize, November 2016
Runner-up, Bridport Prize 2014
Creative writing workshops, short story workshops, novel workshops, readings.