Alan Bilton was born in York in 1969 and currently lives in Swansea, where he teaches literature, film and Creative Writing at Swansea University. He is the author of two novels, The Known and Unknown Sea (2014), variously compared to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the 1902 movie A Trip to the Moon, and Dante's Inferno, and The Sleepwalkers' Ball (2009), which one critic described as "Franz Kafka meets Mary Poppins". As a writer, he is obviously a hard man to pin down. His Surrealism-inspired collection of short stories, Anywhere Out of the World, was published by Cillian Press in 2016. He is also the author of books on silent film comedy, contemporary fiction, and America in the 1920s. He is married, with one child.