Born and bred in south London– and not the Somerset village with which he shares a name – West Camel worked as an editor in higher educationand business before turning his attention to the arts and publishing.
He has worked as a book and arts journalist, and was editor at Dalkey Archive Press, where he edited the Best European Fiction 2015 anthology, before moving to new press Orenda Books just after its launch.
He currently combines his work as editorial directorat Orenda with editing The Riveter magazine and #RivetingReviews for the European Literature Network. He has also written several short scripts, which have been produced in London’s fringe theatres, and was longlisted for the Old Vic’s 12 playwrights project.
His debut novel, Attendwas published in 2018, and was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. His second novel, Fallwas published in December 2021.
Follow West on Twitter @west_camel and on his website www.westcamel.net.
Photo of West Camel by Lisa Kalloo