Jonathan Taylor

Loughborough, Leicestershire
Literary Fiction, Other, Plays and Scripts, Poetry

Writer Biography

Jonathan Taylor is a poet, memoirist, novelist, critic, editor and lecturer. He is author of the novel Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta, 2007). His poetry collection, Musicolepsy, will be published by Shoestring Press in early 2013. His collection of short stories, Kontakte and Other Stories, will be published by Roman Books in late 2013.
Jonathan is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at De Montfort University, and co-director of arts organisation and small publisher Crystal Clear Creators ( He is General Editor of Hearing Voices Magazine and the Crystal Pamphlets series. He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012).
Jonathan’s stories, poems, non-fiction and reviews have appeared in magazines, newspapers and websites including Times Literary Supplement, Times 2, Times Higher, Guardian Family, Guardian Education, Granta, London, New Trespass, Poetry Scotland, Iota, Cadences, Envoi, Acumen, Seventh Quarry, Stand, Staple, New Walk, Connotation Press, Indent, Poetry Cornwall, Coffee House, Family History Monthly, NASA-Chandra X-Ray Observatory, and many others.
Jonathan’s plays, stories, poetry, stories and non-fiction have featured on national, local, internet and community radio stations across the U.K. and U.S. He regularly performs his work at events, festivals and conferences in the U.K., as well as Cyprus and the U.S.
Jonathan’s academic books are Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003) and Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic, 2007). With Andrew Dix, he is co-editor of collection of essays Figures of Heresy (Sussex Academic, 2005).
Jonathan is currently completing a second novel entitled Mellissa.
Jonathan’s website is


Selected Publications


Entertaining Strangers [novel], Salt, 2012, ISBN 978-1907773273.

Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself [memoir], Granta, London and New York, July 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1862079552.

Musicolepsy [poetry collection], Shoestring Press, forthcoming in early 2013.

Kontakte and Other Stories [short story collection], to be published by Roman Books, forthcoming late 2013.

Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, September 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1845191250, or 978-1845191252.

Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2003, 229 pages, ISBN 0-333-99312-8 and 978-0333993125. Also published as e-book in 2010, ISBN 978-0230554733

Overheard: Stories for Reading Aloud [anthology], Salt, 2012. ISBN 978-1907773266.

Fizzle & Sizzle: An Anthology of New Writing by Young Writers in Leicestershire, co-edited with Maria Taylor, Crystal Clear Creators (CCC) Publishing, Loughborough, 2008, ISBN 0-9551800-2-3, 978-0-9551800-2-6.

Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing, 1800-2000 [book of essays], co-edited with Dr. Andrew Dix, Sussex Academic Press, Brighton, 2006, 228 pages, ISBN 1-84519-026-2.

Contributed To

Times Literary Supplement, Guardian Family, Guardian Education, Times Higher, Times Families, Granta, London Magazine, Family History Monthly, Iota, Poetry Scotland, Acumen, Envoi, Coffee House, New Walk, NASA-Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Stand, Staple, Connotation Press, Raw Edge, and many others.

Performances & Workshops

Performances and workshops given throughout the UK.

Available for the following:

  • Lectures / Talks / Panels
  • Teaching
  • Live Performances
  • Workshops
  • Community Group Work
  • Volunteering
  • Work Experience/Qualifications

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    My Work

    Entertaining Strangers
    Publisher: Salt

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