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Diran Adebayo is an acclaimed British novelist, cultural critic and broadcaster best known for his vivid portrayals of modern London life and his distinctive use of language. His debut novel, Some Kind of Black, was one of the first to articulate a British- born African perspective, and it won him numerous awards, including the Writers Guild of Great Britain's New Writer of the Year Award, the Author's Club First Novel Award, the 1996 Saga Prize, and a Betty Trask Award. It was also longlisted for the Booker Prize, serialised on British Radio and is now a Virago Modern Classic. His follow-up, the neo-noir fable My Once Upon A Time, which he's described as a 'latter day Pilgrim's Progress', fused film noir and fairytale with Yoruba myth to striking effect, and solidified his reputation as a groundbreaker. His third novel, The Ballad of Dizzy and Miss P is scheduled for publication in 2010. In 2004 he co-edited 'New Writing 12', the British Council's annual anthology of British and Commonwealth literature, with Blake Morrison and Jane Rogers.
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Born in London in 1968, Adebayo won a major scholarship to Malvern College and is an Oxford University Law graduate. He worked as Senior News Reporter at The Voice newspaper and as a reporter on BBC television before his manuscript for 'Some Kind of Black' won the Saga Prize. He was formerly a columnist for 'New Nation' newspaper, and is a regular presence in the British press, writing for newspapers such as The Guardian, The Independent and The New Statesman magazine. In 2005, he wrote the documentary, 'Out of Africa' for BBC Television and in 2003, The Evening Standard named him one of London's 100 most influential people.
In 2009, he donated the short story Calculus to Oxfam's 'Ox-Tales' project, four collections of UK stories written by 38 authors. Adebayo's story was published in the 'Air' collection.
Diran Adebayo is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a member of the National Council of Arts Council England. He lives in London and is the younger brother of the writer, journalist, publisher and broadcaster Dotun Adebayo.