Tyler Keevil was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. He received a scholarship to study English at the University of British Columbia, a programme which included an exchange year to Lancaster University (his first visit to the UK). After graduating, he moved to Prague with a suitcase full of books to study the craft of writing. When his money ran out, he returned to the UK on a working visa and settled in Wales. There Keevil got a job with Theatr Powys, a theatre in education company, and began submitting his stories to various periodicals. While living in Wales Tyler returned to university to undertake his MA in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth, where he studied for his PhD. To help fund his studies and writing activities, he has worked as a tree planter and ice barge deckhand, as well as in factories, bakeries, restaurants, video stores, and shipyards. Keevil now lectures in Creating Writing at the University of Gloucestershire and lives in Abergavenny with his wife and son.
Keevil’s debut novel Fireball was published in 2010 and was longlisted for Wales Book of the Year, shortlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize, and received the Media Wales People’s Prize 2011. His second novel The Drive was published to acclaim by Myriad in 2013. It was also longlisted for the Guardian Not the Booker prize and won the 2014 Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award. 2014 also saw the publication of Keevil’s short story collection, Burrard Inlet (Parthian), a story from which, ‘Sealskin’, was awarded Canada’s Journey Prize for the best short story of 2014 by the Writers’ Trust of Canada.
Keevil has received several other awards for his writing and filmmaking, including a Writer of the Year Award from Writers Inc. of London. He writes both literary and genre fiction, and his work has appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies including Brace, Black Static, Brittle Star, Interzone, New Welsh Review and On Spec.