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Novelist, poet, dramatist and sometime publisher, John Harvey has been a professional writer for some forty years. The first of his Charlie Resnick series,Â Lonely Hearts, was named byÂ The TimesÂ as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century, and in 2007 he was the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Universities of both Nottingham and Hertfordshire. I was born in London in 1938 and educated at St. Aloysiusâ€™ College, then a grammar school in north London, now a comprehensive. After studying at Goldsmithsâ€™ College, University of London, and at Hatfield Polytechnic â€“ now the University of Hertfordshire â€“ I took a Masters Degree in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, where I briefly taught Film and American Literature. In 2009, I was awarded an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, by the University of Nottingham, and in 2013, an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters, by the University of Hertfordshire. MoreÂ recently, I followed a History of Art certificate course at Birkbeck College, University of London, which I completed with distinction in 2012. For 12 years I taught English and Drama in secondary schools; firstly in Heanor, a small mining town close to Nottingham, then in Andover, Hampshire, and Stevenage, Herts. Since 1975, Iâ€™ve been a professional writer with something in excess of Â 100 published books to my (sometimes dubious) credit.Â After a number of years spent hopefully learning my craft writing paperback fiction for both adults and teenagers, Iâ€™m now principally known as a writer ofÂ crime fiction, with the first of the Charlie Resnick novels,Â Lonely Hearts, being named byÂ The TimesÂ as one of the 100 most notable crime novels of the last century. In addition to twelveÂ Resnick novels â€“ the final book in the series,Â Darkness, DarknessÂ being published Â in 2014 â€“ there are three books Â featuring retired police detective Frank Elder, the first of which,Â Flesh and Blood, was awarded both the British Crime Writersâ€™ Association Silver Dagger and the US Barry Award in 2004. Iâ€™ve been fortunate to have my books translated into more than 20 different languages, and they have won two major prizes in France, the Grand Prix du Roman Noir Etranger forÂ Cold LightÂ in 2000 and, in 2007, the Prix du Polar Europeen for the second Elder novel,Â Ash & Bone. In 2007, I was the proud recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for Sustained Excellence in Crime Writing, and my story,Â Fedora, won the CWA Short Story Dagger in 2014. In 2009, I presentedÂ Who is Kurt Wallander?, a one hour documentary for BBC4 about the Swedish writer Henning Mankel, his fiction and his best known character. Somewhere between the pulp fiction and the Resnick books, I stepped sideways into television, adapting Arnold Bennettâ€™sÂ Anna of the Five TownsÂ andÂ The Old Wivesâ€™ TaleÂ for the BBC, as well as devising and writingÂ Hard Cases, the Central Television series about the Nottingham Probation Service. Dramatisations of the first two Resnick books,Â Lonely HeartsÂ andÂ Rough Treatment, featuring Tom Wilkinson as Charlie Resnick, were shown by the BBC in 1992. For radio, my work includes a number of original plays and the dramatisations of several Resnick stories, in addition to adaptations ofÂ Â two Graham Green novels,Â The Heart of the MatterÂ andÂ The End of the Affair,Â The Frederica QuartetÂ by A. S. Byatt and [with Shelley Silas] Paul Scottâ€™sÂ The Raj Quartet. Between 1977 and 1999, I editedÂ Slow DancerÂ magazine and ran Slow Dancer Press, publishing mainly poetry and short fiction, including work by such writers as Simon Armitage, Lucille Clifton, Jill Dawson, Kirsty Gunn, Lee Harwood, Libby Houston, Barry MacSweeney and Sharon Olds. A late flurry of fiction publishing, before the economics shot us down, saw us publishing books by US crime writers Bill Moody and Julie Smith, as well asÂ Brian Thompsonâ€™s remarkableÂ Ladder of Angels, and a reissue of Neville Smithâ€™sÂ Gumshoe. My own poetry has appeared in numerous small magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and in two collections,Â Ghosts of a ChanceÂ (1992) andÂ Bluer Than ThisÂ (1998),Â as well as aÂ New & Selected Â Poems,Â Out of Silence, published in 2014. Â
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