Mick Jackson is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. His latest book will be published by Faber and Faber in 2015.
His previous novels are The Underground Man (shortlisted for the Booker Prize and winner of The Royal Society of Authors’ First Novel Award), ‘Five Boys’ (Encore Award runner-up) and ‘The Widow’s Tale’ (East Anglian Book of the Year).
He has also published a collection of short stories, ‘Ten Sorry Tales’, a novella, ‘Bears of England’ (both illustrated by David Roberts) and an e-book story collection, ‘Junior Science’.
Jackson has written and directed for tv and film, including ‘Pieces of the Moon’ (which won a Golden Spire at the San Francisco Film Festival, a Golden Plaque at the Chicago Film Festival and the Prix Canal +) and ‘Roman Road’ for ITV. In 2007 Luis Cook adapted The Pearce Sisters from Ten Sorry Tales for Aardman Animation which won numerous awards including the BAFTA for Best Short Animation.
Between 2011-12 Jackson was the writer-in-residence at the Science Museum and RLF Writing Fellow at the University of Sussex from 2012-14.
He is currently the writer-in-residence at the Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton, funded by Arts Council England, where he will be running writing workshops and researching a new collection of short fictions. Read more here ...
A tale of astronomy.
Here's a documentary I made for BBC 2 years ago about a gang of pylon painters.
'In his late 20s, Mick Jackson decided to let his rock'n'roll dream die and pursue a literary career. To smooth the transition, he booked into a Benedictine monastery. Here, armed with Zola and Larkin for inspiration, he didn't drink, he barely spoke, and he did discover enlightenment (of sorts)'
Science is a Wonderful Thing
Mick's latest postings on Faber's blog The Thought Fox.
In the Press
‘Wonderfully macabre, crookedly comic ... Jackson is a genuine English eccentric,’ Sunday Times