Jarred McGinnis

One of Kei Miller’s selected writers for the International Literature Showcase


“McGinnis doesn’t require his readers to walk a mile in his shoes. In fact, he doesn’t want the reader to walk at all, but instead to navigate the world and its new strangeness from a wheelchair.”

Kei Miller

An author finding joy in the tragedy of it all

Jarred McGinnis’ debut novel The Coward is published by Canongate (July 2021). He is the co-founder of The Special Relationship, which makes large-scale community-driven literature events such as ‘Moby-Dick Unabridged‘, a four-day immersive multimedia reading of Herman Melville’s ‘Moby-Dick’ at the Southbank Centre, involving hundreds of participants. His short fiction has been commissioned for BBC Radio 4 and appeared in respected journals in the UK, Canada, USA and Ireland. He also has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, but mostly he inspires the able-bodied by using public transport and taking his daughters to the playground.

Read the first chapter of The Coward here

‘This beautiful book is a testament to the way people can, in spite of everything, reforge shattered emotional bonds and repair seemingly doomed relationships.’ – Irvine Welsh

Literature of all forms is best suited to reach across time, countries, cultures and people. I’m looking forward to that opportunity.



The Coward (Canongate, July 2021)

Contact Jarred


Twitter: @JarredMcGinnis


Will Francis, Jannklow & Nesbit


Canongate. Contact: Anna Frame. Website.


Image credit: Sarah McGinnis