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Creative Writing MFA: 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 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

Professor Hanif Kureishi

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. 

Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes is the author of two novels, The Somnambulist (2007) and The Domino Men (2008). Between them they have been translated into eight languages. His third book is due to be published in 2015. A graduate of Oxford University, he writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the Literary Review. He is also the author of several scripts, produced as audio dramas.

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh was educated at Harvard and holds Masters degrees in Creative Writing from Iowa and Manchester Metropolitan universities. Her first collection of poems, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. Her latest collection, The Ninjas, was published by Carcanet in 2012. She was a judge for the 2013 National Poetry Competition and also writes for periodicals including The Times Literary Supplement and The Village Voice.

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. 

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.

Siobhan Campbell

Siobhan Campbell is the author of five volumes of poetry and is the holder of several awards including from the National Poetry Competition, Troubadour International Poetry and the Wigtown Poetry Award. Her latest collections are Cross-Talk from Seren books and That Water Speaks in Tongues which won the Templar poetry award.

Siobhan's work is represented in many contemporary anthologies, including Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets (Bloodaxe), The Field Day Anthology of Irish Literature (Norton) and Women's Work: Twentieth-Century Women Poets (Seren). Siobhan publishes both creative and critical work regularly in the UK and the USA including in The Johns Hopkins Review, Poetry, Crab Orchard Review, Agenda, and Magma. She is also the editor of two volumes of creative work by veterans of the armed services.

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.

Professor Clarke is module leader for Independent Creative Writing and contributes to the MA module on life-writing.

Professor Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk is the author of four novels and various works of non-fiction. Her 1993 debut novel Saving Agnes won her the Whitbread First Novel award. In 2003 she was nominated by Granta magazine as one of 20 'Best of Young British Novelists'. Her latest novels are Bradshaw Variations (2009) and Arlington Park (2006). 

Professor Vesna Goldsworthy

Professor Vesna Goldsworthy is the author of Inventing Ruritania, a groundbreaking study of representations of the Balkans, and the widely acclaimed Chernobyl Strawberries – A Memoir. Vesna has a background in the study of travel writing, 20th century fiction and popular culture.

Dr Eva Hoffman

Dr Eva Hoffman is an internationally renowned writer and academic. Born in Kraków, Poland she emigrated with her family immigrated to Canada in 1959. She studied at Rice University, Texas (English literature), the Yale School of Music, and Harvard University, where she received a PhD in literature. Awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Warwick in 2008 and formerly a member of the creating writing programme CUNY Hunter College's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing Eva now lives in London.

Her most important publications include Lost in Translation: Life in a New Language (1989), Exit into History: A Journey Through the New Eastern Europe (1993), Shtetl: The Life and Death of a Small Town and the World of Polish Jews (1997), The Secret (2002), After Such Knowledge: Memory, History and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2004), and Time (2009). She teaches on the MA course at Kingston, offering students the opportunity to study the personal essay as well as supervising MA and MFA dissertations.

Dr Meg Jensen

Meg JensenDr Meg Jensen (associate professor of English literature and creative writing) is a novelist, researcher and well-published academic writer. She is director of Kingston's Life Narrative Research Group. She teaches both English literature and creative writing. Her particular area of research interest is the relationship between trauma and autobiographical writing and she also works on women's writing, American literature and modernist experiments. Her creative non-fiction "Something Beautiful for Mary" appeared in New Writing in 2012, and in 2014 she co-edited a major collection for University of Wisconsin, Life Narratives and Human Rights to which she contributed a chapter on the science of traumatogenic writing. She has recently completed a third novel, Swimming in Hurricanes. In creative writing she teaches Writing that Works, Independent Creative Writing and Creative Dissertation.

Dr Jane Jordan

Title: Senior lecturer in English

Research interests

  • Victorian popular fiction and culture
  • Literary censorship of British fiction
  • Child prostitution

Key publications

  • Josephine Butler, Ouida: How Conceptions of the Popular Reader Contributed to the Making of a Popular Novelist
  • Between Men: Romantic Friendship in Ouida's Early Novels

Alexander Masters

Alexander Masters is the writer and illustrator of Stuart: A Life Backwards, the innovative and much acclaimed biography of Stuart Shorter. It traces in reverse order the life of a young man, somewhat disabled from birth, who became a criminal, mentally unstable and violent, living homeless on the streets of Cambridge. Alexander was inspired by Shorter himself to turn the conventional biographic form around.

The book won an Arts Council Writers' Award; the Guardian First Book Award; the Hawthornden Prize; the Samuel Johnson Prize; and the National Book Critics Circle Award in the United States. It was also shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 2005 in the biography category.

Alexander also wrote a screenplay adaptation, filmed in 2006 for the BBC and HBO, and broadcast in September 2007. That adaptation won the Royal Television Society Award in the Single Drama category and the Reims International Television award for the Best TV Screenplay.

In 2007, he collaborated with photographer Adrian Clarke on the book Gary's Friends, chronicling the lives of drug and alcohol abusers in the northeast of England. Alexander teaches a workshop on our MA course and supervises MA and MFA dissertations. He has just finished his second book.

Winsome Pinnock

Winsome PinnockWinsome Pinnock (Head of Department) has been teaching and writing for the last 20 years. Her award-winning plays include The Wind of Change (Half Moon Theatre, 1987), Leave Taking (Liverpool Playhouse Studio and National Theatre, 1988), Picture Palace (commissioned by the Women's Theatre Group, 1988), A Hero's Welcome (Women's Playhouse Trust at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1989), A Rock in Water (Royal Court Young People's Theatre at the Theatre Upstairs, 1989); Talking in Tongues (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 1991), Mules (Clean Break Theatre Company, 1996) and One Under (Tricycle Theatre, 2005) and other work has been produced by BBC Radio and Television, The Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre, Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Clean Break Theatre, and The Royal National Theatre. Awards include the George Devine Award, The Pearson Plays on Stage Award and the Unity Theatre Trust Award. She was runner up for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and has been shortlisted for the Evening Standard Award.

She is interested in immigrant literature, postcolonial literature, women's writing and contemporary theatre. She teaches Independent Creative Writing, Experiments with Form, Creative Dissertations and various modules on the Creative Writing MA.

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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