M.J Hyland is an ex-lawyer and the author of three multi-award-winning novels: How the Light Gets In (2004), Carry Me Down (2006) & This is How (2009). Carry Me Down (2006) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize & won both the Hawthornden Prize & The Encore Prize.
M.J Hyland is also a lecturer in Creative Writing in The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester where she runs fiction workshops, alongside Martin Amis 2007-2010), Colm Tóibín (2010-2011) & Jeanette Winterson (2013 – ). M.J Hyland also runs regular Fiction Masterclasses in The Guardian Masterclass Programme, and has twice been shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Prize (2011 & 2012). She also publishes in The Guardian How to Write series, and has written nonfiction for The Financial Times, Granta, The New Yorker & elsewhere. M.J Hyland is also co-founder of The Hyland & Byrne Editing Firm.