Nicholas Royle is Professor of English at the University of Sussex.
As well as writing fiction, he has published numerous books about literature and literary criticism and theory. These include Telepathy and Literature: Essays on the Reading Mind (1991), Elizabeth Bowen and the Dissolution of the Novel: Still Lives (1994, co-authored with Andrew Bennett), E. M. Forster (1999), The Uncanny (2003), Jacques Derrida (2003), How to Read Shakespeare (2005), Veering: A Theory of Literature (2011), This Thing Called Literature (2015, co-authored with Andrew Bennett) and Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (5th edition, 2016, co-authored with Andrew Bennett).
Royle’s work is distinguished by its playful language and linguistic invention. Despite their appearances, his ‘academic’ books contain unexpected interiors: Telepathy and Literature ends with a bizarre footnote comprising a short story called ‘Telephoning Home’; The Uncanny incorporates several pieces of short fiction (‘Exam’, ‘Chance Encounter’, ‘A Crowded After-Life’); Veering contains numerous embedded fictions and argues for a new conception of the relations between creative and critical writing.
Royle is director of the Quick Fictions app and an editor of the Oxford Literary Review. He runs the popular MA programme in Creative and Critical Writing at Sussex and is also a director of the Centre for Creative and Critical Thought.
Quilt is his first novel. Myriad published his second novel, An English Guide to Birdwatching, in May 2017. It was launched, in a Georgian house in Bloomsbury, by the author’s son, William.