Jeremy Dyson: Leeds writer in literary spotlight

He's the Leeds-born writer best known for his work as the invisible member of TV's The League Of Gentlemen.

Now Jeremy Dyson is basking in the spotlight on his own – thanks to his latest literary creation.

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He has picked up the prestigious Edge Hill Short Story Prize for his collection The Cranes That Build The Cranes.

Jeremy, who does not appear on screen in The League of Gentlemen, unlike co-writers Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, said he was thrilled to receive the prize.

"You can feel very sensitive towards your work, so it is a boost to know that people enjoy reading it," he said.

The prize is the latest in a long-line of solo successes for Jeremy, who met his fellow League of Gentlemen at Wakefield's Bretton Hall College drama school.

His first collection of short stories, Never Trust a Rabbit, was critically-acclaimed when it debuted in 2000.

In 2006, his first novel, What Happens Now, was nominated for the Goss First Novel award.

More recently, the hit production Ghost Stories, which he co-created, attracted rave reviews – as well as huge audiences – in London's West End.

The Cranes That Build The Cranes is a collection of ghoulish short stories, overflowing with Jeremy's trademark black humour.

Jeremy, whose League of Gentlemen TV show attracts a cult following, started writing short stories as a child in Moortown.

Through his love of ghost stories and despite writing for TV, theatre and novels, he still finds this the easiest and most enjoyable genre of writing.

"There is such purity in it, almost like a bedtime story and fairytale-like," he said.

Jeremy, 44, admits to coming up with ideas at the oddest times, so he will jot them down on a piece of paper and store the ideas until he is ready to write a collection.

Jeremy is the son of Elaine and Melvyn Dyson, from Alwoodley, and went to Leeds Grammar School.

He studied philosophy at the University of Leeds and later completed an MA in screenwriting.