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Creative Writing Distance Learning MA: Who teaches this course

About the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

FASS FacultyThis course is delivered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

As a student on this course, you will benefit from a lively study environment, thanks to the wide range of postgraduate courses on offer. The Faculty's combination of academics and practitioners makes it a unique environment in which to further your studies and your career.

The Faculty provides a vibrant and forward-thinking environment for study with:

  • courses designed in collaboration with industry professionals – keeping you up to date with the latest developments;
  • established connections with the London arts and media scene – with a range of guest speakers, professors and lecturers visiting the University; and
  • committed and enthusiastic staff – many of whom are expert practitioners as well as leading academics and researchers.

The Faculty's combination of academics and practitioners makes it a unique environment in which to further your studies and your career.

Where is the Faculty based? Most students are based at the University's Penrhyn Road campus, with our music courses taught at the Kingston Hill campus.

Staff teaching on this course

Diran Adebayo

Diran AdebayoDiran Adebayo is a novelist, short fiction writer and cultural critic best known for his stylish, inventive tales of London and the lives of African diasporans. His work has been characterised by its interest in multiple cultural identities, subcultures, and its distinctive use of language. His debut novel Some Kind of Black, won him numerous awards, including the Writers Guild of Great Britain's New Writer of the Year Award, the 1996 Saga Prize, a Betty Trask Award, and The Authors' Club's 'Best First Novel' award. It was also long listed for the Booker Prize, and is now a Virago Modern Classic. His second novel, the 'neo-noir fairytale' My Once Upon a Time, solidified his reputation as a groundbreaker. He's appeared on Newsnight, The Culture Show, This Week and the Today programme, discussing everything from politics to popular culture, including sports – the centrepiece of his next book, the memoir, Random, and Cricket. In 2003 The Times Literary Supplement named him one of its Best Young British Novelists and, in 2006, Diran was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. 

Paul Bailey

Paul Bailey has been shortlisted twice for the Booker Prize and won a clutch of other awards. His work focuses on the often grim lives of families and outcasts. His novels include At the Jerusalem; Peter Smart's Confessions; Gabriel's Lament; Sugar Cane; Kitty and Virgil; and Uncle Rudolf.

Non-fiction includes An English Madam - The Life and Work of Cynthia Payne; An Immaculate Mistake - Scenes from Childhood and Beyond; and Three Queer Lives - An Alternative Biography of Naomi Jacob, Fred Barnes and Arthur Marshall. He also edited the Oxford Book of London.

Paul has taught creative writing at the University of East Anglia and in Italy.

Dr Adam Baron

Adam baron Adam Baron is a novelist. He has published four crime novels (Macmillan), which have been translated into Greek, French, and German. His novels have been adapted for BBC Radio 4. His next work, a literary novel called Blackheath, will be published in February, 2016 (Myriad Editions). He is course director for the Creative Writing MA at Kingston University. He will be taking part in the Kingston Writing School reading series and teaches Writing that Works, Narrative Techniques in Popular Fiction and various modules on the Creative Writing MA.

Professor Norma Clarke

Professor Norma ClarkeProfessor Norma Clarke is a literary historian, critic and biographer with particular interests in the 18th century. She has published a number of books on women writers: Ambitious Heights, Dr Johnson's Women, The Rise and Fall of the Woman of Letters and Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington. Her latest book, a study of obscure writers in Grub Street and the beginnings of commercial literary culture, will appear in Spring 2016: Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith and Friends (Harvard University Press).

Professor Clarke also specialises in fiction. She has published five novels for children (Patrick in Person, Patrick and the Rotten Roman Rubbish, Theo's Time, Trouble on the Day, and The Doctor's Daughter) and teaches children's and young adult fiction on the English literature undergraduate programme.

Steven Fowler

Steven FowlerSteven Fowler is a poet, artist and curator. He works in the modernist and avant garde traditions, across poetry, fiction, theatre, sonic art, visual art, installation and performance. Thematically he's interested in violence and physicality, and work has explored this in both the interpersonal and wider societal senses, with books on prisons, boxing and things like that.  

He also is interested in city and space, historical models of truth (having worked for nearly a decade in the British Museum) and neuroscience and language (in residence at the Wellcome Trust). He also teaches art history at Tate Modern, and has an interest in how literature has intersected with art, or been erroneously separated from it. Academically he is interested in philosophical ethics, through pragmatism mostly, and the 19th 20th and 21st avant garde and modernism. His specialty is modern European literature.

Steven is the editor of 3am magazine and the curator of the Enemies project, which explores collaboration and contemporary poetry. It's a way of creating community in live events and innovating how we experience literature and art live. He had worked in 18 countries with the project and there's events every week or two in London or beyond.

Dr Meg Jensen

Meg Jensen





Title: Associate professor

Specialist subjects

  • Life writing
  • Trauma fiction and the autobiographical
  • Modernist fiction,
  • 19th and 20th century women writers

Recent publications

  • We Shall Bear Witness: Life Narratives and Human Rights (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014)
  • Life Writing: Spirit of the Age and State of the Art (ed. with Jane Jordan; Cambridge Scholars, 2010)

Dr James Miller

James MillerJames Miller is MFA course director and the author of the highly acclaimed novels, Lost Boys (Little, Brown 2008) and Sunshine State (Little, Brown 2010). His short fiction has been published in a wide range of places including the anthologies Still (Negative Press, 2012) Beacons: Stories for our Not So Distant Future (Oneworld, 2013), in the Galley Beggar Press singles club and in numerous magazines including Litro and 3AM Magazine. His research interests include African-American literature, experimental literature and critical theory. 

Dr Elif Şhafak

Dr Elif Şhafak (Safak) is an internationally-acclaimed writer and the bestselling woman-writer in Turkey, publishing novels and non-fiction written in Turkish as well as English.

She graduated in international relations at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey and holds a Master of Science degree in Gender and Women's Studies and a PhD from the Department of Political Science at the same university. She spent a year at Mount Holyoke Women's College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States, on a fellowship; served as a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and on the faculty in the Near Eastern Studies Department at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She has currently lives in London.

Her novels in English include The Saint of Incipient Insanities, The Flea Palace, The Gaze (translation of Mahrem), The Bastard of Istanbul, and in 2010 The Forty Rules of Love: A Novel of Rumi, along with the non-fiction text Black Milk. Elif teaches a workshop on the MFA course at Kingston and supervises MA and MFA dissertations.

Dr Wendy Vaizey

Dr Wendy VaizeyWendy Vaizey (senior lecturer in creative writing) writes prose fiction, short and long. She has published prose fiction, poems and literary criticism. Her research interests include psychoanalytical criticism and the work of critic and psychoanalytical philosopher Julia Kristeva, Julian of Norwich and the figure of the medieval anchoress, as well as metaphor in the work of Iris Murdoch and John Banville. The latter formed the basis of her doctoral thesis. She is currently working on a novel, Independence. At Kingston University she teaches on Introduction to Creative Writing and on postgraduate modules. She is director of the distance learning Creative Writing MA and admissions tutor for creative writing. 

Writers in residence

Liz Jensen spent two years as a journalist in the Far East before joining the BBC as a journalist, then producer. She subsequently moved to France where she worked as a sculptor and began her first novel, Egg Dancing. Back in London she wrote Ark Baby (shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Award); The Paper Eater; and War Crimes for the Home (longlisted for the Orange Prize and adapted for the stage). Her latest novel, The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, was featured on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime and is being adapted for film, written and directed by Anthony Minghella.

Hanif Kureishi is a multi-award-winning author of numerous novels, essays, stories and screenplays. His early work, the seminal My Beautiful Laundrette (1984), gained him an Oscar nomination, while The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel. His more recent works include Gabrielle's Gift (2001) and My Ear at His Heart (2004). His latest screenplay, Venus (2007), was released to critical acclaim in early 2007. Hanif's works have been translated into 36 languages.

Mary Lawson is an acclaimed Canadian novelist now living in Kingston upon Thames. A graduate of McGill University with a psychology degree, she has published two best-selling novels set in Northern Ontario, Crow Lake, winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award (2002) and the McKitterick Prize (2003), and The Other Side of the Bridge, which was long listed for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2006. Mary provides guest lectures for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and individual tutorials for postgraduate students. She is currently at work on her third novel.

Andrea Stuart grew up in the Caribbean and the US. She has lived in Paris and now lives in London. She is the author of two acclaimed biographies, Showgirls, about Josephine Baker, published by Jonathan Cape in 1996 and Josephine: The Rose of Martinique, a biography of the Empress Josephine, published by Macmillan in 2003. She is co-editor of the Black Film Bulletin and Fiction Editor of Critical Quarterly. She is currently at work on a new biography for Faber and Faber. She provides extra seminars, lectures and tutorials for MA and MFA students and supervises MA dissertations.

Emerging writers in residence

Liz Berry was a recipient of the The Eric Gregory Award in 2009 for her first collection of poetry. The award given by the Society of Authors is awarded for the benefit and encouragement of young British poets who are under 30 at the time of submission. Liz will read from her poetry this year as a guest of the course as well as conduct tutorials and workshops for MA and MFA students. She will supervise a MA dissertation.

Kayo Chingonyi is a published poet and writer, events promoter, workshop facilitator, music fanatic and all manner of other things including a blogger (The Train Set Lifestyle). Kayo will perform his poetry for students at Kingston as well as supervise a MA dissertation and conduct tutorials for MA students. He is also the popular Master of Ceremonies for the School of Humanities undergraduate Awards and Achievement Show.

Clare Allan is the winner of the first Orange/Harpers short story prize. She published her first novel Poppy Shakespeare, an arresting account of madness set in a North London day hospital, with Bloomsbury in April 2006. The novel was longlisted for the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and shortlisted for the BT Mind Book of the Year Award in 2007. She is at work on her second novel. Clare provides additional workshops for MA and MFA students and will read from her work at Kingston this year. She will also supervise a MA dissertation.

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