Adam Thirlwell was born in London in 1978. His work has been translated into 30 languages. He is the author of three novels, Politics, The Escape and Lurid & Cute; a novella, Kapow!; and a project with international novels that includes an essay-book; a compendium of translations edited for McSweeney’s; and Studio Créole, a performance piece co-curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist, which premiered at Manchester International Festival in 2019. He has twice been selected as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists, received a Somerset Maugham Award in 2008, and was a recipient of the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2015. He wrote and directed Utopia, a short film starring Lily Cole and Lily McMenamy, for Channel 4; and wrote another short film, Everyday Performance Artists – featuring Shia LaBeouf, Gemma Chan and James Norton, and directed by Polly Stenham – which was broadcast on Channel 4 in 2016. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books. He is the London Editor of the Paris Review, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.