The UEA Creative Writing programme was established by the novelist-critics Angus Wilson and Malcolm Bradbury. Many other significant writers have since led the programme or taught on our courses, including Angela Carter, Patricia Duncker, Richard Holmes, Andrew Motion, Michèle Roberts, W.G. Sebald, George Szirtes and Rose Tremain. Details can be found on the Former Faculty page.
A roll call of the Visiting Professors, Teaching Fellows and Associate Tutors who have also taught on our programme can be found on the Former Tutors page.
Nathan Ashman is a Lecturer in Crime Writing and the author of James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction. His research spans the fields of crime fiction, contemporary American fiction and ecocriticism, with a particular specialism in the works of James Ellroy. He is currently in the early stages of a new research project examining the relationship between crime fiction and ecocriticism.
Tiffany Atkinson is a Professor of Creative Writing and Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry). She gained a PhD in Critical Theory at Cardiff University before moving to Aberystwyth University to lecture in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is the author of three poetry collections: Kink and Particle (2006), which was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize; Catulla et al (2011), which received a Literature Wales Bursary and was shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year prize; and So Many Moving Parts (2014), which received a Hawthornden Fellowship and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. She is the editor of a theoretical textbook, The Body: A Reader (2003), and has strong research interests in the medical humanities, especially the history of anatomy and representations of the body. She is currently working on a poetic sequence exploring representations of pain, illness and recovery – work that won the 2014 Medicine Unboxed Prize - and a series of critical essays about “the poetics of embarrassment”.
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. In 2013 she published The Tip of My Tongue (and Some Other Weapons as Well), a contemporary adaptation of a tale from the celtic myth cycle, the Mabinogion. She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.
Raffaella Barker is a Tutor in Creative Writing. She has written nine bestselling novels and one children's novel: Come and Tell Me Some Lies (1994),The Hook (1996), Hens Dancing (1999), Summertime (2001), Green Grass (2002), Phosphorescence (2004), A Perfect Life (2008), Poppyland (2009) and From A Distance (2014). Her novels have been published in over 30 languages including Turkish, Russian and Azerbaijani. She has been a published writer since the age of 22, when she worked for Harpers Bazaar as a features writer, and has written extensively for national and international newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Conde Nast Traveller. Her short stories have been commissioned for BBC Radio 4 and she was a judge for the 2015 Costa Short Story Award. She was a founding author for First Story, a national charity fostering literacy and creative writing skills in schools, and she sits on the steering committee of the Hampstead Theatre Literary Festival. She teaches on the undergraduate programme.
Tom Benn is an author, screenwriter and Lecturer in Crime Writing. He is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA and was the recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury bursary. His first novel, The Doll Princess (Cape, 2012), was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Portico Prize, longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association’s John Creasey Dagger, and was The Daily Mirror's Book of the Week. His other novels are Chamber Music (Cape, 2013) and Trouble Man (Cape, 2014). His creative nonfiction has appeared in The Paris Review Daily. He is also a winner of Creative England's iWrite scheme for emerging screenwriters. His first film, 'Real Gods Require Blood', was selected to premiere in competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, and was nominated for the Short Film Award at the BFI London Film Festival. He teaches on the MA in Crime Fiction and the postgraduate module The Writing of Crime/Thriller Fiction.
Amit Chaudhuri is a Professor of Contemporary Literature. He is the author of numerous works, including five novels, most recently The Immortals (2010), a book of short stories, a book of poems, a critical study of DH Lawrence's poetry, the collection of essays Clearing Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture (2008), and Calcutta (2013). 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. In 2012 he was awarded the inaugural Infosys Prize for Humanities - Literary Studies. He has been a judge for the Man Booker International Prize, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. 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. He teaches on the postgraduate programme and is the Director of the UEA Creative Writing India Workshop.
Andrew Cowan is a Professor of Creative Writing and 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 latest novel Worthless Men in 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. In 2012 she was appointed as 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 and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2014. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Prose Fiction.
Vesna Goldsworthy is Professor of Creative Writing and the author of four widely translated books: Inventing Ruritania (Yale UP, 1998; pbk ed. Hurst, 2013), on the shaping of cultural perceptions of the Balkans; the Crashaw Prize winning poetry collection, The Angel of Salonika (Salt, 2011), one of the Times best poetry books of the year; and two international bestsellers, both of which were serialised on BBC Radio 4 – Chernobyl Strawberries, a memoir (Atlantic 2005; 10th anniversary ed. Wilmington Square Press, 2010), and Gorsky, a novel about the fate of a Russian oligarch in London (Chatto & Windus, 2015). Long listed for Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, Gorsky was Waterstones Book of the Month, Waterstones Paperback of the Year, and the New York Times’ Editors’ Choice. A former BBC journalist and publisher, Vesna has over twenty years experience of teaching English literature and creative writing. Many of the students she supervised for their MA, MFA and PhD degrees are now published authors and academics at a range of British, European and North American universities. She welcomes PhD proposals in fiction and creative non-fiction.
Andrea Holland is a Lecturer in Creative Writing. She won the 2012 Norfolk Commission for Poetry and the resulting book, Broadcasting, is a collection of poems and MOD-owned photographs based on the requisition of five Norfolk villages in WWII. Her pamphlet, Borrowed, was first stage winner of the Poetry Business Competition in 2006. She has poems in journals such as Mslexia, The North and Rialto and is a contributing reviewer for The Poetry Review. She has collaborated with visual artists on a number of commissioned projects and published articles on collaborative practice, as well as the relationship between writing and visual art. Since Autumn 2013 Andrea has been a contributing editor for the National Poetry Archive with Sir Andrew Motion. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts and her BA from the State University of New York. She teaches on the undergraduate programme.
Rachel Hore is a tutor in Creative Writing. She is the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of eight novels: The Dream House (2006), 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, A Gathering Storm (2011), which was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists Association Historial Romance of the Year award, The Silent Tide (2013), A Week in Paris (2014) and The House on Bellevue Gardens (2016). She has reviewed regularly for national newspapers, and worked in London publishing for many years before joining UEA. Rachel teaches Creative Writing, also the MA Publishing module that leads to the production of the annual anthology of the MA Creative Writing students’ work.
Kathryn Hughes is a Professor of Life Writing and former 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 an international best-seller. Both books were filmed by the BBC. She is a contracted literary critics and columnist for the Guardian newspaper. Her most recent book is Victorians Undone, a study of famous Victorians through their bodyparts. She teaches on the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.
Jacob Huntley is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing and Convenor of the English Literature with Creative Writing BA. 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 supervises PhDs as well as teaching on the undergraduate Literature and Creative Writing programmes.
Claire Hynes is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing. She gained a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at UEA and is a graduate of the UEA Creative Writing MA. She writes fiction, nonfiction and theatre monologues. ‘In Her Hair,’ is published in the Bath Short Story Award Anthology (2014), ‘Assorted Biscuits,’ is published in Tangled Roots Anthology (2015) and ‘How It Feels to Be Black, Me,’ is published in Lighthouse literary journal (2019). She has been listed for the Bath Short Story Award (2014), commended in the Words and Women, ‘about,’ competition (2014) and she is a recipient of a George Viner Memorial Award for journalism. Her theatre monologues have been performed at The Contact Theatre, Manchester. Claire is a former news editor of The Voice newspaper and she contributes to national and international newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, New Statesman and Mslexia. She Supervises PhD students and teaches on the Creative Writing undergraduate programme.
Helen Ivory is a Tutor in Creative Writing and the academic director of the UEA-WCN online Creative Writing programme. She is a poet and visual artist and has a degree from Norwich University of the Arts. In 1999 she won an Eric Gregory Award and has four collections with Bloodaxe Books: The Double Life of Clocks, The Dog in the Sky, The Breakfast Machine and the semi-autobiographical Waiting for Bluebeard, which was short-listed for the 2014 East Anglian Book Awards. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is a judge for the Eric Gregory Awards. Fool’s World (Gatehouse Press), a collaborative Tarot with the artist Tom de Freston, won the 2016 Saboteur Award for Best Collaborative Work. Hear What the Moon Told Me is book of collage/ mixed media/ acrylic painted poems published in 2016 by Knives Forks and Spoons Press. In 2016 she received an Arts Council Grant to research and write her forthcoming Bloodaxe Books collection The Anatomical Venus. She teaches on the UEA-WCN online programme.
Philip Langeskov is a Lecturer in Creative Writing and co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose). He was born in Copenhagen in 1976 and graduated from UEA’s Creative Writing MA in 2009, when he was the recipient of that year’s David Higham Award. He completed his PhD in Creative and Critical Writing in 2013. His stories have appeared in The Decadent Handbook, Bad Idea Magazine, Untitled Books, Five Dials, The Warwick Review, The Best British Short Stories 2011 and 2014, and on the BBC. Barcelona was published by Daunt Books in 2013. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is additionally one of the directors of The UEA Publishing Project and director of the Spring Literary Festival.
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 Reader in Creative Writing. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, she is the author of twelve books, including five novels and a collection of short fiction. She has been shortlisted for several major literary prizes including the Governor-General's Award for fiction and is most recently the winner of the 2016 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival's Grand Prize for her memoir Ice Diaries, based on the year she spent as writer in residence in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey. She has undertaken official residencies in the Falkland Islands, in Svalbard, Norway and aboard a NERC-funded expedition to Greenland. In 2010 and 2013 she was Carnegie Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Cape Town and the Western Cape in South Africa. Her latest novel is The Dhow House, published in the UK in 2016 and in Canada/US in 2017. Fire on the Mountain, a novel set in southern Africa, is forthcoming in the UK in spring 2018. She teaches on the Prose Fiction MA and is the co-director of the Postgraduate Research programme in Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. For more information see www.jeanmcneil.co.uk.
Tessa McWatt is the author of six novels and two books for young people. Her fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the City of Toronto Book Awards, and the OCM Bocas Prize. Her most recent novel is Higher Ed (Random House and Scribe UK), and she is the co-editor, along with Dionne Brand and Rabindranath Maharaj, of Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada (Cormorant). Her forthcoming books include Where Are You Agnes? (Groundwood Books), a picture book for children based on the life of abstract expressionist painter Agnes Martin, and Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging, a memoir for which she was given the Eccles British Library Award 2018. She is also a librettist, most recently working with British composer Hannah Kendall, and she is in the process of bringing John Berger’s novel , to the screen, with award winning film director Andrea Pallaoro.