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English and Creative Writing BA(Hons): Who teaches this course

About the faculty and staff

This course is taught in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Our teaching team of practising and published writers includes award-winning published authors such as Paul Bailey (twice-Booker nominated winner of the E M Forster Award and George Orwell Prize), Hanif Kureishi (Whitbread First Novel and PEN/Pinter Prize winner), and Diran Adebayo (Betty Trask and Writers Guild Award winner). Through their specialisations our team of writers promote an atmosphere in which experimentation and innovation flourish, and genre writing such as crime, romance and children's writing is also valued and nurtured.

The English teaching team is dedicated to research, and research-led teaching. Staff are internationally recognised through their research activity and publications, scholarships and research awards, editorial activities and visiting appointments at other universities.

Staff teaching on this course

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.

Dr Éadaoin Agnew

Title: Senior lecturer in English

Research interests

  • 19th-century literature and culture
  • Anglo-Indian literature
  • Postcolonial literature and theory

Key publications

  • Imperial Women Writers in Victorian India: Representing Colonial Life, 1850-1910 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
  • Science and Technology in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (ed. with Juliana Adelman; Four Courts, 2011)

Dr Meg Jensen

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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 Jane Jordan

Title: Senior lecturer in English

Research interests

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

Key publications

  • Ouida and Victorian Popular Culture (ed. with Andrew King; Ashgate, 2014)
  • Life Writing: Spirit of the Age and State of the Art (ed. with Meg Jensen; Cambridge Scholars, 2010)

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.

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.

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 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. 

Professor Patricia Phillippy

Title: Professor of English

Research interests

  • 16th- and early 17th-century comparative literary and cultural studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Creative writing (poetry)

Key publications

  • Painting Women: Cosmetics, Canvases and Early Modern Culture (John Hopkins University Press, 2006)
  • Women, Death and Literature in Post-Reformation England (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 
  • The Writings of an English Sappho, by Elizabeth Cooke Hoby Russell (ed.; Iter, 2011)

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.

Dr Sara Upstone

Title: Associate professor

Specialist subjects:

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Contemporary British fiction
  • Black British and British Asian writing
  • Literary theory
  • Spatial politics

Recent publications:

  • British Asian Fiction: Twenty-First-Century Voices (Manchester University Press, 2010)
  • Spatial Politics in the Postcolonial Novel (Palgrave, 2009)

Dr Marina Lambrou

Dr Marina Lambrou's research interests include stylistics (literary and non-literary), focusing on narratives; narratology, language and media – the linguistic strategies underlying media language and mediation of texts; sociolinguistics, including language variation and identity; and ethnography.

Dr Kate Scott

Dr Kate Scott is a theoretical linguist with a background in pragmatics, with a specialisation in the pragmatics of abbreviated language in diaries, taking a relevance theoretic perspective. Her research focuses on the pragmatics of referring expressions.

Dr Hannah Sowden

Dr Hannah Sowden is primarily concerned with the acquisition of language and gesture. She is interested in the co-development of speech and gesture in both typically and atypically developing children and also in the processing of language and gesture in adults.

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. 

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 Paul Booth

Dr Paul Booth specialises in language teaching pedagogy and second language acquisition with an interest in language teaching, learning differences and vocabulary. His research focuses on the relationship between learning and the lexical production of second language learners.

Dr Andrew Teverson

Title: Professor of English

Research interests

  • Postcolonial literature
  • Contemporary British literature
  • Folk-narrative and fairy tale studies

Key publications

  • Fairy Tale, The New Critical Idiom (Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • Salman Rushdie, Contemporary World Writers (Manchester University Press, 2007)
  • The Edinburgh Critical Edition of the Selected Writings of Andrew Laing (ed. with Alexandra Warwick and Leigh Wilson; Edinburgh University Press, 2015)

Dr Matthew Birchwood

Title: Senior lecturer in English

Research interests

  • Early modern literature
  • Drama and polemic
  • English engagement with Islam in the period

Key publications

  • Staging Islam: Drama and Culture 1640–1685 (Boydell & Brewer, 2007)
  • Cultural Encounters Between East and West: 14531699, ed. with Matthew Dimmock (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2005)

Professor Fred Botting

Title: Professor of English

Research interests

  • The Gothic
  • Critical theory
  • Contemporary fiction

Key publications

  • Gothic Romanced: Consumption, Gender and Technology in Contemporary Fictions (Routledge, 2008)
  • Limits of Horror: Technologies, Bodies, Gothic (Manchester University Press, 2008)

Professor Tina Chanter

Title: Professor of philosophy and gender

Research interests

  • Politics and aesthetics
  • The reception of Antigone
  • Recent and contemporary French Philosophy, especially Ranciere, Irigaray, Kofman and Kristeva

Key publications

  • The Picture of Abjection
  • Whose Antigone? The Tragic Marginalization of Slavery
  • Ethics of Eros: Irigaray's Reading of the Philosophers

Nick Foxton

Dr Helen Palmer

Title: Lecturer in English

Specialist subjects

  • Gilles Deleuze
  • Queer theory and new materialist feminisms
  • Modernism and the avant-garde

Recent publications

  • Deleuze and Futurism: A Manifesto for Nonsense (Bloomsbury, 2013).

Dr Selene Scarsi

Title: Senior lecturer in English Literature

Specialist subjects

  • Gender and translation in late medieval and early modern European literature and culture.

Recent publications

  • Translating Women in Early Modern England: Gender in the Elizabethan Versions of Boiardo, Ariosto and Tasso (Ashgate, 2010)

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