Liam Murray Bell was born in Orkney, and has lived in both Belfast and Glasgow. His first novel, So It Is, was shortlisted for SMIT Scottish Book of the Year 2013 and longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. He completed his MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University and his PhD at the University of Surrey. He has published in several critical and creative journals and anthologies, and has featured in The Observer, The Financial Times and on BBC Radio Scotland's Book Cafe. He lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Stirling.