Lecturer, Creative Writing

Wyl Menmuir is an award-winning author based in Cornwall. His 2016 debut novel, The Many was longlisted for the Man-Booker Award and was an Observer Best Fiction of the year pick. His second novel Fox Fires was published in 2021 and his short fiction has been published by Nightjar Press, Kneehigh Theatre and National Trust Books and appeared in Best British Short Stories. Wyl's first full-length non fiction book, The Draw of the Sea, won the Roger Deakin Award from the Society of Authors and was published in 2022. A former journalist, Wyl has written for Radio 4’s Open Book, The Guardian and The Observer, and the journal Elementum. He is co-creator of the Cornish writing centre, The Writers’ Block and lectures in creative writing at Falmouth University.

Born in Stockport in 1979, Wyl now lives on Cornwall's north coast with his wife and two children. When he is not writing or teaching writing, Wyl enjoys messing around in boats.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2016 MA Creative Writing Manchester Metropolitan University
2014 PG Cert Literacy Manchester Metropolitan University
2004 PGCE Durham University
2002 NCTJ Newspaper Journalism Sheffield College

Honors and awards

Year Description

Roger Deakin Award for nature writing


Longlisted for the Man Booker Award

Professional Engagement

Social, community and cultural engagement

Co-creator of The Writers' Block, Cornwall