Henry Sutton

Henry Sutton


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Personal profile


Henry Sutton is Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. He is Director of Creative Writing, and the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). He has been a member of faculty since January 2012. Previously he was the UEA Creative Writing Fellow in 2008, and Writer-In-Residence at BCLT, UEA Summer School 2009, and an associate tutor. He has taught all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate creative writing and supervises (and examines internationally) creative critical PhDs. He is the author of 12 novels - Good Dark Night (Corsair/Little Brown 2019) under the pseudonym Harry Brett, and The Hotel Inspector (Kampa Verlag, 2019) in press - and most recently published Red Hot Front (Corsair/Little, Brown, 2018), also under the pseudonym Harry Brett. He is also the author of My Criminal World (Harvill Secker/Vintage, 2013/2014), and a collection of short stories, Thong Nation (Serpent's Tail, 2005). He is the co-author of the crime novel, First Frost (Bantam/Corgi, 2011), under the pseudonym James Henry. His work has been published in many languages. His critical work includes the co-edited, with Dr Laura Joyce, Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction, for Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

He was awarded the J. B. Priestley Award in 2004. Kids’ Stuff was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and was also made into a stage play in Riga, Latvia.

He is the co-founder and a director of the 'Noirwich Crime Writing Festival', run in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, and previously the director of the UEA Literary Festival (Spring).

He has judged numerous literary awards, including the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year.  He has been the Literary Editor of Esquire magazine, and the Books Editor of the Daily Mirror. Originally he trained as a journalist.

External Activities

  • 2018 - Co-director, 'Noirwich'
  • 2018 - External examiner, PhD, Anglia Ruskin University
  • 2017 - Northern Noir conference, paper and panel member, UCL/City University
  • 2017 - Murder and Mystery conference, paper, St Hilda's College, Oxford
  • 2017 - Co-director, 'Norwich' 
  • 2016 - External examiner, PhD, Brunel University London
  • 2016 - External examiner, PhD, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2016 - Programme Director, 'Noirwich'
  • 2015 - Programme Director, 'Noirwich'
  • 2015 - Captivating Criminality conference, paper/panel member, Bath Spa
  • 2014 - Programme Director, 'Noirwich'
  • 2014 - Cheltenham Literature Festival, panel chair
  • 2014 - British Library, Crime panel
  • 2014 - East Anglian Book of the Year, judge
  • 2014 - Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, founder and programme director
  • 2014 - Geneva Writers' Conference: featured author/ workshop leader
  • 2013 - Harrogate Crime Writing Festival: Panel member
  • 2013 - Literature Curator, Harrogate International Summer Festival
  • 2012 - Literature Curator, Harrogate International Summer Festival
  • 2012 - Tutor, Novel Master-Class, Writers’ Centre Norwich
  • 2011 - Harrogate Crime Writing Festival: panel chair
  • 2011 - Judge, Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year
  • 2011 - Literature Curator, Harrogate International Summer Festival
  • 2010 - The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival
  • 2010 - Tutor, Teaching the Zeitgeist, Writers’ Centre Norwich
  • 2009 - King’s Lynn Literature Festival
  • 2008 - Chair, John Lewellyn Rhys Prize
  • 2008 - Prose Fiction Master-Class, New Writing Partnership
  • 2007 - Chair, New Writing Ventures Fiction Award
  • 2007 - Judge, Eastern Daily Press Short Story Award
  • 2005 - Durham Book Festival
  • 2000-2005 - Literary Editor, Esquire magazine
  • 2004-2012 - Columnist, Daily Mirror
  • 2001 - Prose Fiction Visiting Guest, Arvon Foundation
  • 2000 - Prose Fiction Visiting Guest, Arvon Foundation

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Prose style, new narrative forms, narrative perspective and plot within the novel are particular interests; also, the ever evolving crime/thriller genre and concepts of contemporary literary value. Creative work currently centres on crime fiction, and the crime series (with particularly emphasis on the criminal perspective and setting), while critical work addresses the contemporary crime genre, social relevance and aspects of plot and new narrative forms.

Key Responsibilities

Director of Creative Writing (Head of Department within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing)

Convenor, MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction)

Admissions tutor, MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction)

Co-director 'Noirwich Crime Writing Festival', part of an Impact Case Study

British Archive for Contemporary Writing board member

Creative Writing Committee member

PGT Committee member


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions