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Biography

Benjamin joined King's in September 2016, having previously taught at Birkbeck, University of London, where he co-founded and directed the undergraduate creative writing programme.

He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, Canada, which he attended with the support of a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Benjamin's first novel The Bellwether Revivals (Simon & Schuster) was published in 2012. It was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Book Prize, and its French translation won le Prix du Roman Fnac and le Prix Baudelaire.

In 2013, Benjamin served as the British Council's Writer in Residence in Istanbul, where he began researching and writing his second novel, The Ecliptic (Scribner). It was later shortlisted for the Sunday Times/PFD Young Writer of the Year and the Encore Award.

His third novel, A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better (Scribner), was released in 2018. It was shortlisted for the European Union Prize for Literature and the CWA Gold Dagger Award.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

Benjamin supervises practice-based projects in fiction on the PhD in Creative Writing programme. His research interests and expertise span other formal disciplines of writing, including creative nonfiction and screenwriting.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Teaching

Benjamin teaches creative writing modules across a range of forms and genres: prose fiction, drama, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction.

Selected Publications

  • A Station on the Path to Somewhere Better, Scribner (2018)
  • The Ecliptic, Scribner (2015)
  • The Bellwether Revivals, Simon & Schuster (2012)