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I am a writer and writing teacher living in England. I am Programme Director of the Creative Writing Masters at St Mary's University, London. My debut novel, THEY ARE TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART, is represented by Sophie Lambert at the Conville and Walsh literary agency in London and will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016 (UK/US and Canada). Foreign rights are available.

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Picture: Shopping Trolley on Scarborough Beach (David Savill, 2000)


I worked as a freelance journalist in the Caucasus before joining the BBC as a current affairs journalist where I researched and produced on flagship documentaries, This World, Panorama and Real Story. My short stories have been published by Tindal Street Press and 2009's Table Rock Lake, was highly commended as a Bridport Prize finalist. My first novel, They Are Trying To Break Your Heart, is represented by Sophie Lambert at Conville and Walsh Associates and will be published by Bloomsbury in 2016 (UK/US/Canada).

As Programme Director in Creative Writing at St Mary's University, I work with postgraduate and undergraduate students, teaching journalism, non-fiction and the novel. I have also taught as course leader at Imperial College London, at the University of East London and Brunel University. I was educated at The University of East Anglia and Birkbeck College, where I studied Creative Writing.

I am always interested in tutoring writers and providing reading services, if you are looking for a workshop leader, tutor or personal reader, please contact davidproduction@hotmail.co.uk

Any enquiries about my writing or novels, please contact
sophie@convilleandwalsh.com

Any enquiries about St Mary's University Masters in the First Novel or undergraduate courses, please contact david.savill@smuc.ac.uk

Picture: David Savill, 2013. (Penny Neville-Lee)
When an incendiary shell landed in the Bosnian town of Stojnik killing 58 people, Marko lost his best friend. Ten years later Marko receives a phone call, telling him Kemal's body has been returned from the Boxing Day Tsunami. The same body Marko buried after the shelling of 1995.

THEY ARE TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART, is the story of Marko's journey to discover why and how his closest friend faked his own death to live a life of exile in Thailand. Was Kemal Mandic the war hero Marko believed him to be? Or just another war criminal?



Picture: A Bosnian Football Fan lights a flare, (2001, David Savill).
St Mary's University is in Twickenham, by the Thames in South West London. The University building sits in the grounds of Horace Walpole's Gothic masterpiece, Strawberry Hill House.



As the site that produced the world's very first Gothic novel, and boasting a highly experienced team of novelists on staff, St Mary's is the perfect place to practice your craft as a writer.

We currently offer a full undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, where students can experience the processes of journalism, poetry, non-fiction, fiction and screen-writing



Our Masters degree is a unique and highly specialized course which each year gathers together a small cohort of first time novelists to develop their craft and raise aspirations.

Visiting writers to the University include Nathan Filer, winner of the 2014 Costa Award, Anna Hope, author of Wake, Booker short-listed authors MIck Jackson and Hisham Matar, and bestselling authors Ben Aaronovitch and Christie Dickason.

The St Mary's difference, is its intimate size. Our tutors have the time to get to know each writer and their work, and I think it is an ideal environment for the practice of writing.