Ben R. Atkinson

Writer, Musician & Broadcaster


Below is an overview of Ben’s work as a writer; including his two novels, The Kraken’s Curse and Walking on Cinders, and non-fiction. Click the ‘Read More’ link under each topic, to find out more.

Two book cover images of Walking on Cinders and The Kraken's Curse by Ben Atkinson.


Writing fiction has always been Ben’s first passion. To date, he has written two novels and is working on a third. Both novels, The Kraken’s Curse (2008) and Walking on Cinders (2010) were published independently with the support of Ben’s former school, King Edward VII, in Melton Mowbray.

An image of the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.


Ben’s non-fiction writing is centered on his research interests in the history and culture of the Southern United States, with a particular focus on country music and Americana. He is currently working on his PhD in Music.

A slide showing the Walking on CInders cover, and promoting online reading.

Walking on Cinders Reading

In March 2020, during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, Ben decided that it would be nice to do something positive to bring people together in trying times. To that end, he read from his book Walking on Cinders, each evening on his Twitter account. You can listen again to the whole series right here.

A slide showing The Kraken's Curse cover, and promoting online reading.

The Kraken’s Curse Reading

Following on from reading his novel Walking on Cinders to celebrate 10 years since the book was published, Ben felt it would be nice to continue the daily readings by moving on to his first novel, The Kraken’s Curse, which was released in 2008.