Trezza Azzopardi is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA. Her first novel, The Hiding Place, was short-listed for the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize. It has been translated into eighteen languages. Remember Me was published in 2004 and was shortlisted for the Arts Council Wales Book of the Year. Winterton Blue was published in 2007 and The Song House in 2010. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.
Amit Chaudhuri is a Professor in Contemporary Literature. He is the author of numerous works, including five novels, most resently The Immortals (2010), a book of short stories, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, and the collection of essays Clearing Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture (2008). Among the awards he has won for his fiction are the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Betty Trask award, the Encore Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, and the Government of India's Sahitya Akademi award. He has been a judge for the Man Booker International, Geoffrey Faber Memorial and Impac prizes. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New Yorker, and is also a vocalist in the Indian classical tradition: his project in crossover music, This Is Not Fusion, has performed all over the world. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including MA in Prose Fiction.
Andrew Cowan is the Director of Creative Writing at UEA. He is a graduate of the MA and was for some years the Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the university. He is the author of five novels. Pig was longlisted for the Booker Prize, shortlisted for five other awards, and won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors' Club First Novel Award, the Ruth Hadden Memorial Prize, a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Common Ground and Crustaceans both received competitive Arts Council bursaries. What I Know was a recipient of an Arts Council Writers' Award and was published in 2005. His work has been translated into a dozen languages. His guidebook The Art of Writing Fiction was published in 2011, and his new novel Worthless Men will be published by Sceptre in spring 2013. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.
Sian Evans is a Tutor in Creative Writing. Originally from South Wales, she has a degree in French and English from Royal Holloway and is a freelance translator, playwright and screenwriter. Her work for the stage includes Asleep Under The Dark Earth (BT/National Theatre, published by Faber), Little Sister (Made In Wales, published by Parthian Press) and most recently Terra, which was shortlisted for Amnesty International’s Protecting The Human competition. Her work for TV includes episodes of Peak Practice, Touching Evil, Where The Heart Is, Casualty, and a film Life Swap for TF1 France. From September 2012 she will be a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at UEA. She teaches on the undergraduate programme.
Giles Foden is a Professor of Creative Writing. He was the Harper-Wood Student in Creative Writing at St John’s College, Cambridge, and in 1993 became assistant editor of the TLS. Between 1996 and 2006 he worked on the books pages of the Guardian, during which period he published The Last King of Scotland, which won the 1998 Whitbread First Novel Award and was released as an Oscar-winning film in 2006. He is the author of three other novels – Ladysmith, Zanzibar, and most recently Turbulence – and a work of narrative non-fiction, Mimi and Toutou Go Forth. He was one of the judges of the MAN Booker Prize in 2007. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.
Lavinia Greenlaw is a Professor of Poetry and Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry). She has published four collections of poetry, including Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize, and most recently The Casual Perfect (2011). She has published two novels, including Mary George of Allnorthover (2001), which won France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. Her non-fiction includes The Importance of Music to Girls (2007) and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland (2011). She was formerly Chair of the Poetry Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Her work for radio includes documentaries about the Arctic, the Baltic, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Bishop as well as dramatisations of Woolf, Chaucer and Hesse. She has received a number of artist’s commissions including Audio Obscura, a sound installation for Artangel and Manchester International Festival that won the 2012 Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Poetry.
Rachel Hore is a tutor in Creative Writing. She is the author of five novels, The Dream House (2005), The Memory Garden (2007), The Glass Painter’s Daughter (2009), which was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets (2010), which was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub, and A Gathering Storm (2011), which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Historial Romance of the Year award. She reviews regularly for national newspapers and worked in publishing for many years before joining UEA. She teaches the MA Publishing module that leads to the production of the annual anthology of UEA students’ work.
Kathryn Hughes is a Professor of Life Writing and Convenor of the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction. Her first book The Victorian Governess was based on her PhD in Victorian History. George Eliot: the Last Victorian won the James Tait Black award. The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Andre Simon Prize. Both books were filmed by the BBC. Kathryn is also editor of George Eliot: A Family History and has won many national prizes for her journalism and historical writing. She is a contributing editor to Prospect magazine as well as a book reviewer and commentator for the Guardian and BBC Radio. She teaches on the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.
Jacob Huntley is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing. He is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and received his PhD in 2007. He has written fiction for various magazines, journals and anthologies as well as Radio 4. Jacob’s teaching and research interests include the Gothic, horror, fantastic fiction, contemporary fiction and Creative Writing. He is the Admissions Tutor for the English Literature with Creative Writing BA and supervises PhDs as well as teaching on the undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing programmes.
Michael Lengsfield is a Tutor in Creative Writing. He has a BA from Connecticut College and an MFA from Columbia University. His primary interest is in scriptwriting, with a focus on the theory and practice of adaptation. As a screenwriter, Michael wrote scripts for The Walt Disney Company, Harpo Entertainment, and others. He wrote and directed Short Term Bonds, a segment for the ‘HBO Director's Workshop’. The film was later screened at the Sundance Festival and was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle, representing the USA at film festivals throughout the world. In addition, Michael worked for the story department of several production companies, including Icon Entertainment, Imagine Entertainment, Showtime Networks, and Graham King's Initial Entertainment. He teaches on the MA in Scriptwriting.
Jean McNeil is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction). Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, she is the author of ten books fiction, travel, literature and poetry, most recently the novel The Ice Lovers, which is set in the Antarctic. Her work has been shortlisted for major international awards, including the Governor-General's Prize (Canada) and the Pushcart Prize (Canada-USA). In 2005 she was awarded a Fellowship to join the British Antarctic Survey as a writer in residence.She also teaches in South Africa and in 2013 will be the Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar at the University of the Western Cape. At UEA she teaches on the Prose Fiction MA, teaching The Art of Short Fiction, the core Prose Fiction Workshop, and co-teaching Theory and Practice of Fiction.
Antoinette Moses is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing. A former arts administrator, she has written a number of plays which have been produced in Norwich and Cambridge and have received rehearsed readings in Ipswich, London and Paris. She has also published over fifteen books of language learner literature, mostly for CUP, two of which won the Extensive Reading Award. Antoinette’s teaching interests include all forms of documentary, and the interweaving of factual and imagined material in both theatre and prose. She teaches on the undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing programmes.
Jeremy Noel-Tod is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing. He joined UEA from Queen Mary, University of London in 2009 and has teaching interests in modernism, poetics, and creative-critical writing. He wrote his PhD thesis on the poetry and criticism of T.S. Eliot, and has published articles and chapters on modernist and contemporary writers, including W.H. Auden and J.H. Prynne, as well as a wide range of journalism on modern poetry and other literary topics. Jeremy is the new editor of The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (forthcoming, 2013). He co-convenes the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and teaches the Poetics module on the Creative Writing (Poetry) MA.
Rebecca Stott is a Professor of Literature and Creative Writing. She is the author of several academic books on Victorian literature and culture, and more recently, several cross-over books on the history of science, including Darwin and the Barnacle (2003), Theatres of Glass: The Woman who Brought the Sea to the City (2003), and Oyster (2004). Ghostwalk, her first novel, appeared in 2007, published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson in the UK, and by Random House in the US and in translation by 14 overseas publishers. Her second novel, The Coral Thief, was published in 2009. Her most recent book is a history of evolutionary ideas before Darwin, entitled Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists. She co-convenes the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and teaches the Novel History module on the Creative Writing MA.
Henry Sutton is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction). A Writing Fellow at UEA in 2008, he is also a former literary editor of Esquire magazine, the current books editor of the Daily Mirror, and has judged numerous literary awards, including the John Lewellyn Rhys Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. He is the author of six novels, most recently Get Me Out Of Here (2011) and the forthcoming My Criminal World (2013), a collection of short stories, Thong Nation, and the co-author of a crime novel, First Frost, under the pseudonym James Henry. His work has been published in many languages and he was awarded the J. B. Priestley Award in 2004. Kids’ Stuff was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and was also made into a stage play in Riga, Latvia. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the Prose Fiction MA and the module The Writing of Crime/Thriller Fiction.
George Szirtes is a Reader in Creative Writing. Born in Budapest in 1948, he came to England as a refugee following the Hungarian Uprising in 1956. He trained a painter and is the author (and editor) of numerous collections of poetry, the first of which, The Slant Door, won the Faber Memorial Prize, and the most recent of which is Burning of the Books and Other Poems. Reel, published in 2005, won the T.S. Eliot Prize, and his poem 'Song' won the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Single Poem). As a translator of poetry, prose and drama from the Hungarian he has won The European Poetry Translation Prize, the Dery Prize, the Pro Cultura Hungaria medal and the Gold Star of the Hungarian Republic, as well as being twice shortlisted for the Weidenfeld Prize. He has edited a number of anthologies of Hungarian writing, as well as New Writing 10, with Penelope Lively. A critical study of his work by John Sears, Reading George Szirtes, was published in 2008, and his own collection of lectures Fortinbras at the Fishhouses: Responsibility, the Iron Curtain and the Sense of History as Knowledge was published in 2010. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Poetry.
Val Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and the Director of Scriptwriting. She is a director, writer, critic, and dramaturg/script development consultant for theatre, film, television and radio. She convenes the Skillset-accredited MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting). Val has co-devised and scripted plays in the UK and South Africa and as a theatre director has worked on and off-Broadway, in London's West End and Fringe, and in Europe and the English regions. As a theatre dramaturg and script consultant she has worked with writers on theatre, television and film scripts, including projects for the National Theatre Studio, Menagerie Theatre Company, Theatre Is/Greenwich Young People's Theatre, the Bush Theatre, the BBC and Anglia TV. In 2007-8, Val co-ordinated BREAKOUT, a training and project development scheme for black and minority ethnic filmmakers, developing over 15 low-budget commercial fiction films and feature-length documentaries with 25 filmmakers. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Scriptwriting.
Steve Waters is a Lecturer in Creative Writing. His plays include Little Platoons and The Contingency Plan (both at the Bush Theatre, London), Fast Labour (West Yorkshire Playhouse and Hampstead Theatre, London), and World Music (Sheffield Crucible/Donmar Warehouse), all of which are published by Nick Hern Books. Before joining UEA he ran the MPhil(B) in Playwriting Studies at the University of Birmingham, a course he studied on under David Edgar in 1992-3. He has written about playwriting in The Secret Life of Plays and is editing an edition of ‘Contemporary Theatre Review’ on ‘Teaching Playwriting’. He has also written for radio and television and is currently adapting The Contingency Plan for the screen with Film4 and Cowboy Pictures. He is a member of British Theatre Consortium, which has held four major conferences on theatre in the last four years and was commissioned by the Arts Council to report on new writing for the stage. He has also written for the Guardian and the New Statesman and published essays on Harold Pinter’s influence on contemporary playwrights in The Cambridge Companion to Pinter and Sarah Kane in The Blackwell Companion to Modern British and Irish Drama. He teaches Scriptwriting on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.