Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen is the author of five novels, a children’s picture book and the recent short story collection, When I Saw the Animal (2018). His last novel, The Antibiography of Robert F Menzies won the 2015 Russell Prize for Humour Writing and an Arts Council of England Writer’s Award. He has been writer-in-residence at Sir John Soane’s Museum (London), Taipei International Writers’ Residency, Varuna Writers’ Centre and others. In 2006, Bernard founded The Writing Workshop ( Since then, he has taught creative writing to over 80,000 young people.



Facing the Strange

It takes a certain eye to recognise the peculiar in the plain. World-renowned short story writer Deborah Eisenberg (Your Duck is My Duck) and award-winning author Bernard Cohen (When I Saw the Animal) reveal how they look for the gems hidden in the minutiae, seek the complex in the simple and spot the funny within…

May 4, 2020

Into the Past

“Life can be understood backwards, but it must be understood forwards” (Kierkegaard). Authors Suzy Zail, Philip Salom and Avi Duckor-Jones take an existential dive into the way the past can haunt us, holding a mirror up to what we find there and how we learn from the things we see. Moderated by Bernard Cohen.

May 3, 2020