Simon van Booy

Simon Van Booy was born in Great Britain and grew up in rural Wales. He is the author of The Secret Lives of People in Love, Love Begins in Winter (winner of the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award) and the novel, Everything Beautiful Began After. His first play, HINDSIGHT, was recently staged in New York City. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, and was a finalist for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. His work has been translated into thirteen languages. His latest novel, The Illusion of Separateness was released autumn 2012. In 2013, he founded Writers for Children, a project which helps young people build confidence in their storytelling abilities through annual awards.

Anthologies featuring Simon van Booy


Covering a century of writing that arguably saw all the major short forms emerge, from Hawthorne's 'Twice Told Tales' to Kafka's modernist nightmares, these essays offer new and unique inroads into classic texts, both for the literature student and aspiring writer.


14 leading authors have here been challenged to write fresh fictional interpretations of what the uncanny might mean in the 21st century.