John Murray was born in Cumbria in 1950. He has published eight critically acclaimed novels and a collection of stories, Pleasure, which won the Dylan Thomas Award. Jazz Etc was longlisted for the 2003 Man Booker Prize, and Murphy’s Favourite Channels was a novel of the week in the Daily Telegraph. On its reissue in 2004, his 1993 satirical extravaganza Radio Activity – A Cumbrian Tale in Five Emissions was hailed by Adam Mars-Jones on Radio 4 as a neglected classic. His latest novel, The Legend of Liz and Joe was published in July 2009.
In 1984 John founded the celebrated fiction magazine Panurge, which he and David Almond edited until 1996. He has taught creative writing extensively, and also offers one-to-one fiction tutoring for writers at all levels. He is currently Royal Literary Fellow at the University of Lancaster, and lives in Brampton, North Cumbria.