Born in South Wales, Wayne Price moved north of the border to complete a PhD on contemporary American fiction at the University of Edinburgh. Now a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, Price has not struggled to get his spellbinding short stories and poetry published in magazines and anthologies across the UK, Ireland and United States, including Strand, Poetry Wales, Carve Magazine, Gutter, New Writing Scotland, Passages and Route Publishing’s Bonne Route and Book at Bedtime collections. Price’s previous works have already seen him on the receiving end of some pretty hefty accolades, from coming runner-up in the 2010 Bridport Prize and the Scotland on Sunday/Macallan Short Story Competition to being shortlisted in the Raymond Carver Short Story Competition and winning major prizes in the 2008 Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition and the 2008 Poetry on the Lake Competition.
Furnace, however, is Price’s first short story collection to be published. From the scorched hillsides of Morocco and heat of a Californian summer to the ferocity of the Spanish afternoon and discomfort of a Scottish heatwave, Wayne Price’s characters sweat under the glare of both the sun and their author’s forensic gaze. Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, and dubbed ‘a heraldic collection’ by Morvern Callar author Alan Warner, Price’s collection is championing the short story genre here in the UK.