blackthorne author photo 2019

Hugh Blackthorne is a trans writer of queer fiction and poetry. His writing has been published by Plenitude Magazine, Scottish Book Trust, Anti-Heroin Chic, Impossible Archetype, P.S. I Love You, The Junction, and Bull Kelp Press in Coinspirator.

In 2022, his second unpublished literary novel, ‘Artefacts,’ received generous funding support from from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. As well in 2022, he received grants from both of these agencies to support his professional development as a writer. In 2021, his first unpublished novel, ‘The Curation of Eamon O’Reilly,’ received supporting grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. In 2022, he’s received additional grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council for professional development.

In 2020, his unpublished novel ‘The Curation of Eamon O’Reilly’ was Runner Up in the BPA First Novel Award. In 2019, his writing was longlisted for both the Bath Novel Award for his unpublished novel ‘How to Bury the Living’ in the UK and the CBC Nonfiction Prize for ‘Original Copy’ in Canada. Hugh is a 2019 PitchWars mentee, a mentoring contest in the USA. Also in 2019, he received the Diversity Scholarship from the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. You can read more about awards here.

Hugh currently lives in the urban wilds of Victoria, Canada. He’s lived in various places in western Canada and the UK. He messes about with old stuff when he’s not writing. He works as a professional archaeologist and previously as a curator. You can find him on Twitter @hughblackthorne.

Read his PitchWars interview for more about his unpublished novel ‘How to Bury the Living’.

Website Photos:

Hugh Blackthorne, Rene Bohmer, Zoran Borojevic, Patrick Brinksma, Benjamin Davies, Morgan Harris, Ethan Hoover, Frank McKenna, Clem Onojeghuo, Maria Geller, Social Cut, Zoltan Tasi, Craig Whitehead

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