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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

Paul Bailey

Dr Éadaoin Agnew

Dr Meg Jensen

Dr Jane Jordan

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

Dr Wendy Vaizey

Professor Patricia Phillippy

Dr Adam Baron

Dr Sara Upstone

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

Steven Fowler

Dr Paul Booth

Paul 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

Dr Matthew Birchwood

Professor Fred Botting

Professor Tina Chanter

Nick Foxton

Dr Helen Palmer

Dr Selene Scarsi

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