Get to Know Author Jeremy Page
By Rita Arens on November 16, 2011
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I usually write the BlogHer Book Club get-to-know-the-author posts myself. However, when I saw Sea Change author Jeremy Page's autobiographical bio, I decided to post it as is -- I couldn't do a better job. Enjoy!
Get to Know Jeremy
I was born in Cambridge, England in 1969, moved to Norwich as a child then grew up on the North Norfolk coast. I lived there for all my formative years, looking out upon the North Sea which was, as I now realise, half my world. When I went to university, at Warwick (pretty much at the central point of England), I found it strange to be so far from the sea. I studied Film and Literature at college, followed by a year doing the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, then led by Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain.
After moving to London, working in publishing for Hodder and Stoughton, I joined the BBC as a script editor. I also bought a wrecked old house in south London, which I renovated and still live in to this day. I continued to work for the BBC on a variety of TV dramas before moving to Channel Four, where I script edited some of the most distinctive dramas in UK broadcast. When Film Four re-started in 2004, I joined the team as the in-house script editor, working across the slate on films such as Last King of Scotland and Enduring Love. I also worked for several independent film and TV companies.
My first novel, Salt, was published by Penguin in 2007. It was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book and the Jelf First Novel Award, and subsequently published in America with Viking. My second novel, Sea Change (published in the UK as The Wake), won the Fiction and Poetry category at the East Anglian Book Awards. I've been on several book tours round the UK, appearing at book festivals, universities and other book events. I tend to write in a shed I had built at the bottom of my garden in London. I have a wood burner in there, so I can burn branches from my trees to keep me warm and writing throughout the winter. My feet stay cold, and sometimes I shine a lamp over the keyboard to keep my fingers working. But it's a good place, with a good feel to it, and it often works its way into my writing.
I am also a scriptwriter, with a film, SCAPEGOAT, broadcast on Channel Four as part of their emerging talent scheme, and I've recently completed a feature-length script adaptation of my first novel, Salt, for the UK Film Council. I've written journalism for The Times, The Guardian, Time Out and other UK publications as a feature writer and as a travel writer.
Over the past three years, I've been teaching on the Creative Writing courses at the University of East Anglia, first as a resident Fellow, and now as a teacher on the MA. Right now I'm dividing my time between Norfolk and London.
I'm married with three children -- they're all boys. They are 11, 4 and 2, so they launch themselves at me as different-shaped missiles with a variety of success. I love being a parent. I take a lot of photographs, I cook and eat anything I can, and love more than anything to walk all day or drive all night. East Anglia is still very much in my heart -- especially its coasts and rivers (and its food), and increasingly I'm becoming more passionate about nature and the environment. I've just completed my third novel, set in the arctic in 1844, in the search for an extinct bird.
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