Simon Savidge is the man behind Savidge Reads. Born in March 1982 and heralding from the Peak District, where he comes from a long line of Book Lovers, Simon is a book addict. Due to the influences of his Gran and Mum at an early age he became said book-a-holic, though admits to having a few ‘wilderness years’ from reading (something English Literature at school nearly destroyed forever) where he didn’t pick up a book, fortunately he was recommended Daphne du Maurier’s ‘Rebecca’ by someone very kind and look what happened…
Don’t judge Simon on the shelves behind him… they aren’t his. He was being vain at a friends.
He now writes Savidge Reads, was previously the travel and lifestyle editor of a UK mens magazine and now contributes to several literary and lifestyle magazines and tries to get in the broadsheets too… by any means. Simon is also co-founder and Honorary Director of The Green Carnation Prize (for LGBT writing) now in association with Foyles. In 2013 he also became one of the judges on the inaugural panel of The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and was the inaugural Guest Editor for Fiction Uncovered. He is also one of the voices of The Readers Podcast, Hear… Read This, and goes it alone every fortnight with You Wrote The Book a podcast in conversation with authors. He was one of the judges for Fiction Uncovered 2015.
When he isn’t reading, or thinking of, books Simon enjoys falling into every charity/secondhand bookshop he passes (unless he hurts himself falling awkwardly), befriending cats who don’t like him, eating sweets a thirty year old should have given up eating a few decades ago, listening to The Archers (he dreams of moving to Ambridge and taking over the book club, don’t tell him it’s not real) and dabbles in event management. He will be your new best friend for the mere price of a vanilla slice. At night he dreams of being on Desert Island Discs, if not he would settle for a farmhouse with its own library somewhere in the Peak District, with some cats, some cows and maybe a beared companion. He currently lives on the Wirral with two cats and a Beard.
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