Nathan Filer began his career as a mental health nurse. He also worked as a stand-up poet, performing extensively across the UK. His poems have been broadcast on television and radio. His poetry short film Oedipus won the BBC Best New Filmmaker Award and several international prizes, including Berlin’s Zebra Poetry Film Award and the Audience Choice at Toronto’s World of Comedy Film Festival.
His novel The Shock of the Fall – which draws upon his experiences of working in mental healthcare – was a Sunday Times bestseller and translated into thirty languages. It won the Costa Book of the Year, the Betty Trask Prize, the National Book Award for Popular Fiction and the Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel.
He has written essays and articles for the Guardian, New York Times and HuffPost. His BBC Radio 4 documentary The Mind in the Media, which explored portrayals of mental illness in fiction and journalism, was shortlisted for a Mind Media Award.
His book of non-fiction The Heartland: Finding and Losing Schizophrenia (also published as This Book Will Change Your Mind About Mental Health) was a Sunday Times Book of the Year and was longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. Nathan is also a recipient of The Big Anxiety Prize, awarded in association with the University of New South Wales for ‘a creative thinker advancing the discussion of mental health’. And he holds an Honorary Doctorate in Liberal Arts from Abertay University, conferred in recognition of his role in raising awareness of mental health issues through literature.
He’s a Reader and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.