Adam is a novelist, non-fiction writer, and former music journalist. He has won The Literary Consultancy’s Pen Factor prize, been shortlisted for the NorthBound Book Award, and is the recipient of funding from Arts Council England.
In 2019, his short piece of memoir ‘Play’ was published in Kit de Waal’s Common People: An Anthology of Working-Class Writers. In 2020, his book about language and lists was published as The Correct Order of Biscuits in the UK, and the following year as Euphemisms That Get on My You-Know-Whats in the US. His next book about language will be published in September 2023. His books have been featured in The Guardian, The Stylist, Good Housekeeping, The Irish Times, Harper’s Magazine, and on Radio 4’s Front Row.
Adam has an MA in novel writing from St Mary’s University and a PhD on music and memoir from Northumbria University. As part of the PhD, he wrote a memoir about how music shaped his relationship with his dad, who was the lead singer of cult post-punk band The Durutti Column. He is also an editor of the literary journal The Pomegranate London.
With the support of New Writing North, Adam is now working on a project called Heroin Baby, which will detail the effects, physically and mentally, of being a drug-exposed child (both of his parents were heroin addicts, and his mum took heroin throughout her pregnancy with him).