I am an author and a teacher of creative writing at the University of Kent.
I mostly write novels, and sometimes other things. Most recently, Painter to the King (Granta)—a book about the painter Diego Velázquez, from his arrival at the court of King Philip IV of Spain, to his death 38 years and scores of paintings later. It’s about what is shown and what is seen; about art, death, life. It has pictures!