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Website of the author and playwright Trevor Hoyle


• Trevor Hoyle is an award-winning radio dramatist and novelist. His mainstream fiction is published by John Calder: The Man Who Travelled on Motorways, Vail and Blind Needle.

The Last Gasp, his 1983 novel, described by the Washington Post as "a landmark in the emerging field of eco-fiction" is to appear in a new and revised print edition in 2014, and as an ebook.

• He won the Radio Times Drama Award with his radio play GIGO, and his Blake's 7 episode 'Ultraworld' inspired the album The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld.

• His short stories and feature articles have appeared in Ambit, Fireweed, London magazine, The Author magazine, Double Space, Wordworks, Mayfair, The Artful Reporter, New Yorkshire Writing, Style magazine, Pennine Magazine and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. His story was the winning British entry in the Transatlantic Review competition.

• His stories have recently appeared in the anthologies Litmus and LEMistry from Comma Press.

• Trevor Hoyle's latest novel, the 'fictional memoir' Down the Figure 7 set in Lancashire just after the war, won the Ray Mort Fiction Award.

Trevor Hoyle worked as an actor, an advertising copywriter and a lecturer in creative writing before becoming a full-time writer, mainly of novels and short stories. He also wrote and presented a weekly arts programme and made several documentary features for Granada TV. Since the mid-seventies he has published a wide range of fiction from mainstream novels (for John Calder) to speculative fiction, including The Last Gasp, which was a Doubleday Book Club Selection in the US and is now under option in Hollywood.

More recently he has written for radio, winning the Radio Times Drama Award with his first play GIGO. The actor in the title role of his play Randle's Scandals, about the Wigan comedian Frank Randle, won the Sony Award in 1993. Other prizes include the winning British entry in the "Transatlantic Review" short story competition and the Ray Mort Northern Novel Award.


Down the Figure 7.

An evocative Fictional Memoir set in a northern cotton town in the early 1950s. Where else would you expect to find sex and death?

Trevor Hoyle - Down the Figure 7
 

Published by Pomona Books

Down the Figure 7 - Rochdale viaduct
Down the Figure 7 - Smith Street Rochdale
Down the Figure 7 - Rochdale Town Centre bus stop

Photographs of Rochdale in the 1950s from Down the Figure 7.

In 2003 his novel Rule of Night, originally published in 1975, was reissued by Pomona to critical acclaim in The Guardian and City Life and named as Time Out's Book of the Week. In 2007 he wrote and presented a feature for BBC Radio 4 on the life and work of the writer Malcolm Lowry: The Lighthouse Invites the Storm.

He was a principal contributor to the OUP Guide to Fiction, edited by Jane Rogers.

Awards

• Radio Times Drama Award (for radio play GIGO)
• Sony Award (to the best actor in Trevor Hoyle's play Randle's Scandals)
Transatlantic Review Erotic Fiction Award
• Ray Mort Northern Novel Award

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