John Evans has been writing short stories since reading them out to his class at primary school. Some of his stories are set in south Wales, where he was born, others on Tyneside where he now lives. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, as a youth worker, as an adult education adviser, as part of a team promoting museums and art galleries and as a basic skills tutor. He has always joined writers' groups and written mainly short stories, which he enjoys writing. He had two stories and a poem published in A Northern Gem, a local writers' anthology and a poem published in in Northern Lines. His short story, Digging, was published in the Newcastle Journal. A collection of his short stories, Lobsters & Dragons featuring stories set in south Wales, on planes, trains and on Tyneside was published by Black Cat Books in 2012. He studied with the Open University for a BA degree and has an MA in Creative Writing from Northumbria University. He is currently working on his novel, Billy, which is about a boxer and set in the 1960s. He enjoys listening to al kinds of music and walking in the countryside and along beaches, where he gets many of his ideas for stories.
John Evans in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1981 In Gateshead in Tyne & Wear as an adult, but I wrote stories at primary school.
What do you love about Short Stories?I love short stories because I like the unexpectedness of them, the feeling that a character can always surprise you.
Do you write in other forms?Yes, I am writing a novel and a memoir abut my childhood in south Wales. I enjoy travelling and writing about other countries.
What distracts you from writing?Lots of things, I'm afraid. The noises that accompany life these days: mobile phone and building work being the worse.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?I feel passionate about all forms of music. I am studying art and freel passionate about that. I like the theatre and sport, football, cricket and rugby. the sports I played when I was a lot younger!
What is your favourite book?I enjoyed reading Jhumpa lahiri's The Lowlands.
Who are your favourite writers?I enjoyed Jhumpa Lahiri's The Lowland. , Henry James and Bernard Mc Laverty.
Where is your dream location?Whitehaven Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
What one item would you put into Room 101?Blaring music in supermarkets.
Do you have any advice for new writers?Believe in your voice and stick with it.
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