A founder member of Slung Low and has written for most of their projects to date.
Originally from Manchester, England he has spent the last decade in south Wales and is now based in the USA.
Matthew was a writer on ‘Helium’, the Slung Low show that won the 2008 Oxford Samuel Beckett Trust Award, and also wrote for the team behind ‘Extra Ordinary’, which picked up the 2010 Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in South Africa. He has received both a Peggy Ramsay Foundation award and a writer’s bursary from The Welsh Academy, of which he was invited to become a full member following the publication of his debut novel, ‘Playing Mercy’.
He has published two novels to date: ‘Playing Mercy’, which was also listed for the 2006 Dylan Thomas Prize, and more recently ‘The Ground Remembers’. Both novels were published by Parthian Books. He has also had a number short stories anthologised and published online.
A great supporter of spoken word nights, Matthew has read his work at many prestigious events and festivals, and in 2009 he helped to found, Balloon, a company promoting live prose, poetry and people playing music.
Matthew continues to work on upcoming Slung Low shows as well as a number of prose projects.