Will was born in Bath in 1967 and educated at Beechen Cliff School and King’s College, Cambridge.
After a brief spell as an actor and several years in trade journalism, he began writing for the Times Literary Supplement in 1992 and joined the paper as its Arts Editor in 1995. He left in 2011 to become an Associate Professor in the Writing Programme at the University of Warwick.
In 2016, he was a Sassoon Visiting Fellow at the Bodleian Library.
He has written five novels and two books of poetry, and is represented by Carrie Plitt at Felicity Bryan Associates in Oxford.
He has given talks, seminars and readings around the world: at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, the Royal Society, the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Shakespeare and Co Bookshop, Medicine Unboxed, Belfast Book Festival, the Goldsmiths Prize Readings, Gay’s The Word Bookshop, Poetry East, the Mildura Writers’ Festival, Vout-O-Reenee‘s, and the University of Melbourne.
He has appeared several times on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb, with Ian Macmillan, and on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week.
He edits mss, grows trees, plays the piano, and lives in Brixton.