Ben Myers was born in Durham in 1976. He is the author of several works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. His writing has appeared in a number of publications including Melody Maker, NME, Mojo and the Guardian. He lives in rural Yorkshire. His work has been translated into seven languages and his short stories have appeared in dozens of print anthologies and underground publications. His novel Richard was published by Picador in 2010. His novel Pig Iron (Bluemoose, 2012) was runner-up in the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2012 and won the inaugural Gordon Burn prize in 2013.