Glyn Hughes has won national prizes and awards for his poetry collections. His first book, Neighbours, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and won the Welsh Arts Council Poet’s Prize.
He was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize as well as the David Higham Prize for his first novel, Where I Used To Play On The Green. He was short-listed for The Whitbread Novel of the Year for The Antique Collector, also for the James Tait Black Prize, and the Portico Prize.
A Guardian poll of readers in 2005 chose two of his books - from the whole history of literature - as “Eco-Classics” (a.k.a. “Great Classics of British Nature Writing”), making him almost the only author nationally to have more than one title selected.
Also picked by The Times as one of the “Six best authors ever on the North of England”.
He has broadcast on the Brontës and on other subjects, including a series following a journey across the North of England. (“The Long Causeway”) He has been the subject of a BBC2 tv. profile, and is a popular performer on the reading circuits world-wide. (See below.)
He has been an Arts Council Fellow and Writer in Residence at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln, in Farnborough, Hants., and for the D.H.Lawrence Centenary Festival, Nottingham, UK. He lives in West Yorkshire, which has been the inspiration for much of his work.
He has published many feature articles, reviews of books and art exhibitions, for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Observer, Times Literary Supplement, The London Magazine, various literature journals, etc.
"It (Roth) confirms Hughes as one of this country’s most vibrant and versatile writers." - The Observer.
"In this haunting account of womanly love he is quite possibly without peer." — Kathryn Mead in The Sunday Telegraph.
"No-one describes the Brontës’ world better than he does." — Beryl Bainbridge.
"By fictionalizing the Brontës, Glyn Hughes has succeeded in bringing them out of the realms of fiction and back to the true astonishment of their lives and achievement." — Washington Post.
"His sixth novel is probably the best likely to be written about the sisters." — The Yorkshire Post.
On The Antique Collector: "Heartbreakingly good on Pennine England" - The Observer.
‘Marvellously original — the work of a wise and stimulating mind." Kirkus Review (U.S.A.)
“A particular strength of his work is a mastery of the flowing thought, which often emerges in language at once controlled and lyrical”. Other Poetry on Two Marriages.
“I have not seen this year a book of selected poems by a living writer more quietly memorable, more moving in simple human terms, and displaying a greater range of skills.” Charles Causley’s Christmas Choice in The Guardian.