Jon McGregor is a novelist, and Britain's second-best short story writer. His most recent book is the short story collection, This Isn't The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. You can follow him on Twitter @jon_mcgregor. See below for recent news.


One of The Guardian’s top 10

Jon McGregor has been named as one of the The Guardian’s top ten writers to see live. Find out why they consider him to be a “star of stage and page” here.

Having a word

Once upon a time it was summer. Back then, Jon McGregor enjoyed a conversation with fellow writer, Sarah Hall, at the Summer Reads event at the Writers’ Centre Norwich. While you can’t travel back in time to the summer, you can have a listen to their conversation here.

Love letters

Jon McGregor has been busy writing and breaking free of email. When he’s not doing that, he is the editor of new literary journal, The Letters Page. You can download the latest issue here.

Big sky country

A long time ago, Jon McGregor ran away from home. Well, it was more of a bike ride through the fields of East Anglia – and he only got as far as Wisbech. Now, he revisits the changing world of traditional farming in the area through the images of Justin Partyka in The Guardian. You can read more here.

A year without email

Jon McGregor has not been writing or sending email since the start of this year. He explains why – and what it’s been like – in The Guardian.

First class

Jon McGregor is encouraging others to write in his role as editor of a newly launched literary journal called The Letters Page. The journal aims to explore everyday life through the form of the letter. Published by the University of Nottingham, The Letters Page explores what letters and letter writing mean for people in the age of the text and the tweet. More details here.

A Sting in the tale

Jon McGregor has been asked to help judge Ireland’s biggest short story competition. Jon will join Anne Enright and Yiyun Li in deciding the winner of €15,000 for the Davy Byrnes Short Story Award 2014. The competition is sponsored by Davy Byrnes and organised by The Stinging Fly in association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature. Not surprisingly, Jon says he is “both thrilled and slightly daunted” by the task. Read more here.

Read hot

Jon McGregor’s book Even the Dogs recently had a mention in reader reviews on The Guardian’s books blog. Read more here.

A good week

Jon McGregor is having a good week. He has just won the East Midlands Book Award 2013 for This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You. Read more here. Jon has also been shortlisted out of a record breaking longlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize 2013 for the same book (read more here). Make that a great week.


Jon McGregor is featured in the countdown to the awards for the East Midlands Book Award 2013. His book, This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You, is on the shortlist. Find out what he thinks about this – and more – here.