Andrew McGuinness was born in London to Irish parents. During his twenties he lectured in medieval history at the Universities of Glasgow, Manchester and Northumbria, and co-wrote A Guide to British Medieval Seals (British Library and University of Toronto Press, 1996). He started writing fiction in 2000. His short stories have won literary prizes including The New Writer in 2004. His debut novel, A Portrait of the Arsonist as a Young Man (Bluechrome), was published in 2009 and he recently completed a collection of short stories.
He works freelance as a creative writing lecturer, teaching undergraduates at the University of Kent and postgraduates on the MA in Prose Fiction at Canterbury Christ Church University. He was fiction editor for Night Train 5 (2007) and fiction judge for The New Writer in 2008.
Last year he was writer in residence at the Dover Grammar School for Boys and one of four writers taking part in a summer residency at a Whitstable beach hut. He is currently engaged with a local literature development programme, launched by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, where his main role is establishing and running a pilot mentoring scheme for new fiction-writers from the region.
He has organised and taken part in many literary events including readings, residencies, workshops and a series of Man Booker events at the Canterbury Festival. In March this year, as part of a Reading Partners initiative between Faber and Kent County Council Libraries, Andrew was invited to interview Kazuo Ishiguro at a public event attended by 450 people.
He lives in Kent with his wife and two dogs, and is now writing his second novel; a modern Greek odyssey.
Read Andrew's author interview with Kent libraries at the link below