Peter Robinson: Armley-born writer returns to roots to help budding authors

Acclaimed-mystery writer Peter Robinson is to provide scholarships for budding authors at the University of Leeds.

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Mr Robinson, author of the Inspector Banks novels, has put forward money to help students from low-income backgrounds with an interest in creative writing.

The Peter Robinson Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in autumn next year, providing 1,000 for each of the three years of the degree programme at the university's School of English.

Armley-born Mr Robinson, said: "As an unemployed young man, I wanted to study English so that I could fulfil my dream of becoming a writer.

"A university education didn't seem a viable option until I came here and had a chat with the head of English, who set the wheels in motion.

"I'm delighted to help support the next generation of talented English students at Leeds",

The author, who studied English Literature at the university in the 1970, uses his experience of the city as inspiration for his novels.

Professor Francis O'Gorman, head of the School of English, said: "Dr Robinson's generosity is extremely supportive."

After completing his undergraduate degree at Leeds, Mr Robinson moved to Canada where he completed an MA in English and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, Ontario.

He then completed a PhD in English at the University of York, Toronto.

He now divides his time between Toronto and North Yorkshire.

The 18th Inspector Banks novel, All the Colours of Darkness, was published in the UK earlier this year.