Edward Parnell lives in Norfolk and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. He was the recipient of an Escalator Award from Writers’ Centre Norwich, and in 2009 received a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to fund a book-research expedition to the Australian Outback on the trail of a rare parrot.
Edward has previously worked for a number of conservation organisations and in television production. He has written numerous natural history and wildlife-related articles for magazines and newspapers. His first novel The Listeners (2014), won the Rethink New Novels Prize and he was invited to speak about the book at the prestigious New Networks for Nature conference at Cambridge in 2016.
Edward is a freelance editor and copywriter, and is also the Director of the Wymondham Words literature festival, whose previous speakers have included Philip Hoare, Rose Tremain, Sarah Perry, Ronald Blythe and Wendy Cope. He is currently writing a narrative non-fiction book, to be published by William Collins, which examines Britain’s haunted landscapes and his own haunted past.