Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but has lived in Wales for nearly twenty years, ever since he went there to do a degree: it was easier to stay than to catch a train back. His longest career was in librarianship (twenty-five years); his shortest was industrial welding (one week).
Sometimes he writes about life and love; sometimes death and decay. He usually flips a coin in the morning, or checks the weather, and decides based on that. His aim is to tell a good story, regardless of genre. When he is not writing or editing he loves exercise, guitars, computer games, board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice and zombies.
[Also see: Who Am I?, and the About Me tag]
Interviews / Guest Appearances
- 2 February 2017: books that influenced me on Andy Graham's website [backup]
- 2 February 2017: article in the Cambrian News about my appearance on the
2016 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot list.
- 5 October 2016: my author influences on Bloomin’ Brilliant Books [backup]
- 1 October 2016: talking about Manchester on jaffareadstoo [backup]
- 18 August 2016: Jenny Kane's website [backup]
- 31 July 2016: Facebook Roundup Party, as part of They Move Below's July Horror Blog Tour
- 25 July 2016: damppebbles, as part of They Move Below's July Horror Blog Tour [backup]
- 14 July 2016: Life of A Nerdish Mum, as part of They Move Below's July Horror Blog Tour [backup]
- 10 July 2016: Linda's Book Bag, as part of They Move Below's July Horror Blog Tour [backup]
- 2 July 2016: Grab This Book, as part of They Move Below's July Horror Blog Tour [backup]
- March 2016: Jane Davis' website [backup]
- 1 March 2016: took part in St David's Day Bookfest, hosting the online event for part of the evening.
- November 2015: contributed to an article about writing courses for Welsh Coastal Life magazine
- October 2015: Halloween post for A Lover Of Books [backup]
- October 2015: a post for Janet Emson's "Get Shorties" week [backup]
- September 2015: Catherine Hokin's website [backup]
- June 2014: 11 questions from Shaun Horton
- September 2013: Raven Reviews [backup]
- June 2013: Shaun Horton's blog [backup]
- 28 February 2013: a short Cambrian News piece about Cold Fusion 2000.
- 16 December 2012: airing of the BBC Radio Wales' Phil the Shelf literary programme which I was a guest on, talking about my novel Cold Fusion 2000.
- 10 December 2012: Aberystwyth University's 2012 Book Festival, I gave a talk about my new novel Cold Fusion 2000.
- 12 January 2012: article in the Cambrian News about Turner.
- 5 December 2011: Aberystwyth University's Book Festival, I gave a talk about the genesis of my novel Turner.
- 4 December 2011: airing of the BBC Radio Wales' Phil the Shelf literary programme which I was on, talking about my novel Turner which was likened to 'The Wicker Man in Wales'.
- 27 May 2010: gave a reading of one of my stories, Switchback Delegates at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The story was published in the Different Worlds collection and the reading was part of its launch.
- November 2016: Three of my poems were included in the collection Even In My Dreams.
- October 2016: Audiobook version of Harvest Festival is published.
- 25 May 2016: They Move Below published.
- 2 April 2016: Harvest Festival (novella) published.
- 30 March 2016: My guest post about editing tools for writers was published on the ALLi website. [backup]
- September 2015: Secondary Character And Other Stories anthology of Welsh short-story writers is published by Opening Chapter. My short story Miasma is included, I gave a reading in Cardiff on the 12th.
- 21 May 2015: 2000 Tunes published.
- 18 November 2013: Midnight Marinara create an audio adaptation of Just Telling Stories.
- 13 September 2013: Creeps McPasta creates an audio adaptation of Creeping Jesus.
- 8 December 2012: Cold Fusion 2000 published.
- 5 December 2011: Turner published.
- August 2011: One of my lyrical short stories, Our Life: An Oil Painting, was published in the latest issue of the literary magazine Sarasvati (#17).
- 20 January 2017: The 2016 Bram Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot was announced by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and included Harvest Festival!
- 22 December 2016: They Move Below was featured on Nerdish Mum's excellent 12 Books Of Christmas list.
- 7 October 2016: Harvest Festival was featured in 5 Halloween Reads To Make You Shiver (on Jera's Jamboree).
- July 2016: They Move Below July Horror Blog Tour
- 28 June 2016: IngramSpark entered They Move Below into the British Book Design and Production Awards.
- 9–14 November 2015: Arvon Foundation course "Work In Progress: Writing is rewriting", tutored by Nick Barlay and Diran Adebayo.
- 20–25 July 2015: Tŷ Newydd course "Writing Women’s Popular Fiction", tutored by Julie Cohen and Rowan Coleman.
- July 2015: Joined The Alliance of Independent Authors.
- March 2015: A judge for the BBC 500 Words competition.
- 4-9 August 2014: Tŷ Newydd course "Fiction: Where to Start?", tutored by Mavis Cheek and Francesca Rhydderch.
- 25 July 2014: Short Listed, the Writers' Village International Short Fiction Award Summer 2014. 42/45 points.
- June 2014: Added to the Literature Wales' Writers of Wales Database.
- 23 April 2013: Cold Fusion 2000 nominated for the 2013 Carapace Prize for Best Indie Novel.
- 29 August 2012: On the shortlist for The Wales Blog Awards 2012, 'Best Writing on a Blog' category.
- June 2011: Awarded the Aberystwyth University Learning and Teaching Fellowship, a prize awarded to a few each year for excellence in teaching.
- April 2011: Awarded one of the prestigious Literature Wales writing bursaries in order to work on a novel.