Laurence Staig was educated at Manchester and London Universities. A former Arts Administrator working for RAB’s and the Arts Council of England. He has been Co Director of John Calder Publishers, has served as an advisor on the Arts Council’s Literature Panel and was a judge for the Angel Literary Award. He has worked in the Theatre and as a film critic. He worked in the USA for seven years annually with the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (South Carolina), before embarking on a career as an author in 1986, writing Thrillers, Mysteries and children’s fiction. A former (and occasional) blues slide guitarist, he is fond of Indian food, theatre and the cinema (collecting films on DVD). He was guest Programme Director for the Bath Festival of Literature between 1994 and 1999, one of the largest in the UK. He writes for The Independent newspaper and teaches Creative Writing. He appeared in and was a consultant for Clive Donne’s film “A Pleasant Terror”, - a TV film about supernatural fiction of M R James. He lives in Cambridgeshire with Sue (a roller-blading computer systems operator) and an Old English Sheepdog called Ella Moo Moo. He has never won the Booker Prize but better than this he has had a minor part as a villain in a James Bond film.
Biography provided by the author, October 2003.
Pseudonym: Christopher Carr