School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

William Fiennes

Lecturer in Creative Writing


William Fiennes is the bestselling author of The Snow Geese and The Music Room, and Founding Director of the charity First Story, which promotes writing in UK secondary schools. 

The Snow Geese was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, and won the Hawthornden Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award. The Music Room was shortlisted for five major prizes, including the Costa Book Awards and the Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award. William Fiennes was the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2003. 

William has contributed essays, stories and reviews to many publications, including The London Review of Books, Granta, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian and Intelligent Life

Further information about First Story can be found at 


Areas of interest include:

Short novels

Short stories 

The art of the essay, from Montaigne to Jo Ann Beard

Creative non-fiction, from Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici to Geoff Dyer's Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It

The impact and possibilities of creative writing in secondary schools




  • Fiennes W. "Cricket and Memory". In: Campbell, C, ed. The Authors. Bloomsbury, 2013. In Press.
  • Fiennes W. Introduction. In: Up in the Old Hotel, Joseph Mitchell. London: Vintage Classics, 2012, pp.xi-xviii.
  • Fiennes William. Why the Ash has Black Buds. In: Tahmina Anam, Rachel Billington, Terence Blacker and Tracy Chevalier, ed. Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods. London: IndieBooks, 2011, pp.10-15.
  • Fiennes William. The Music Room. London: Picador, 2009.
  • Fiennes W. Introduction. In: Sanctuary, Edith Wharton. London: Hesperus Classics, 2007, pp.i-x.
  • Fiennes W. Foreword. In: Three Years, Anton Chekov. London: Hesperus Classics, 2004, pp.vii-x.
  • Fiennes W. The Snow Geese. London: Picador, 2002.