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Toby Litt


Toby Litt grew up in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. He is the author of four collections of stories (Adventures in CapitalismExhibitionismI play the drums in a band called okayLife-Like), eight novels (BeatniksCorpsingdeadkidsongsFinding MyselfGhost StoryHOSPITALJourney into SpaceKing Death) and, most recently, a book of selected literary essays, Mutants. His latest book of stories, Life-Like, published by Seagull Press, was shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. His story John & John won the semi-widely-known Manchester Fiction Prize, and his story Call it “The Bug” Because I Have No Time To Think of a Better Title was shortlisted for the notoriously lucrative Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award. With Emily Hall, he has collaborated on a trilogy of song cycles Love Songs, Life Cycle, and Rest on the themes of love, birth and death. In 2014, Vastation, an opera with a libretto by Toby and music by Samy Moussa was premiered at the Munich Biennale. At the moment, he is writing a non-fiction book called Wrestliana, about his close relationship to his great-great-great grandfather, William Litt, a champion Cumberland-style wrestler, poet, novelist and smuggler. Toby teaches creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London.