Sam Thompson’s first book Communion Town, which is about a kaleidoscopic city, was longlisted for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. His second book Jott is about friendship, madness and modernism. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Encore Prize. His third book Wolfstongue is about the hidden world where animals speak, and won a 2022 Spark School Book Award. His short story collection Whirlwind Romance was published by Unsung Stories in April 2022. A new novel, The Fox’s Tower, is available now from Little Island. His short fiction has appeared in Best British Short Stories 2019 (Salt Publishing) and on BBC Radio 4, and in anthologies from Blackstaff Press, Unsung Stories and No Alibis Press, among other places. He teaches creative writing at Queen’s University, Belfast. He grew up in the south of England and now lives in Belfast.