Matt Wilven was born in Blackpool in 1982. After receiving an MA with Distinction in Creative Writing, he spent the next ten years honing his craft. His part-time jobs in this time included: bingo caller, ice-cream man, fishmonger, paintball operative, camel derby caller, soap seller, copywriter, rollercoaster operator, warehouse packer, old people feeder and DJ workshop coordinator. Fresh from burying a library of juvenilia beneath his ex-landlord’s patio, he has emerged as a debut novelist with a distinct, accessible voice and an eye as keen for reality as it is the surreal. He lives and writes in London.
Initially, I respected the honesty of the agency’s website. After reading online interviews, I also liked how bright and open-minded David Haviland seemed. His response to my submission was quick and insightful and when we got talking I felt like we both saw my novel in a similar way. I’m looking forward to working with him and the agency.