I am a novelist, script and short-story writer based in Newcastle upon Tyne, and the aim of my writing is to reach deep inside you, and squeeze.

Samples of my work are available to both read and listen to on this site. 

I write about the things that upset or inspire me.  Perhaps that is why my books are populated by such a range of alternately lovable and deeply troubled characters.

‘I love your wicked, amoral protagonist,’ writer, Ross Clark commented on my first novel, Denial.

My second novel, The Benjamin Exhibition, short-listed for The Harry Bowling Prize, 2012 and The Luke Bitmead Bursary, 2014, was described as, ‘honest and moving, with a great central love story,’ by Laura Longrigg of the MBA Literary Agency.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Northumbria University, and have won numerous awards for my work, notably, the Wasafiri International Fiction Prize, for my story, The Bearer, ‘a traumatic and wonderful insight into the dark side of human nature.’

Enjoy your reading, and if you’d like to see more, please let me know by email feedback@simonvandervelde.com

Simon Van der Velde