Alex Howard is perusing a PhD in English Literature. His novel Library Cat was a Blackwell’s bestseller and recently earned him the Beryl Bainbridge First Time Author Award. He has had poetry published widely in journals such as The London Magazine,Cadaverine and Gutter, and is the winner of the Red Cross International Writing Prize. He has performed his work at theScottish Slam Championships, the Hidden Door Festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The nephew of Children’s Author Jana Novotny Hunter, Alex enjoys spending his spare time reading to his own nieces and nephews, and sharing the passion for storytelling that was instilled within him from a young age.