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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. 


Atkinson, Tiffany

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”.

Azzopardi, Trezza

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. 

Chaudhuri, Amit

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.

Cowan, Andrew

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.

Evans, Sian

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.

Foden, Giles

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 – LadysmithZanzibar, 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.

Holland, Andrea

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.

Hore, Rachel

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.

Hughes, Kathryn

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 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.

Huntley, Jacob

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. 

Langeskov, Philip

Philip Langeskov is a Lecturer in Creative Writing with special responsibility for Enterprise and Engagement.  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 on the BBC.  He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is the organizer of the UEA Live series of reading events and the editor of the website.

Lengsfield, Michael

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.

McNeil, Jean

Jean McNeil is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and co-Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction). She is the author of eleven books, including five novels and a collection of short fiction, a collection of poetry, a travel guide and literary essays. Her work has been shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award for fiction and the Journey Prize for short fiction (Canada) and in 2012 she won the Prism International award for creative non-fiction with an extract from Ice Diaries: an Antarctic Memoir, published in 2016. Her most recent novel is The Dhow House, published by Legend Press in the UK in September 2016 and forthcoming by ECW Press in Canada and the US in March 2017. A new novel, Fire on the Mountain, will also be published by Legend Press in October 2017. She has twice been the Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar in South Africa and works for part of each year in South Africa and Kenya. On the MA at UEA she teaches Prose Fiction Workshop and The Art of Short Fiction as well as supervising five PhD students.

Moorhead-Kuhn, Kate

Kate Moorhead-Kuhn is a Tutor in Creative Writing.  Originally from Pennsylvania, USA, she first joined UEA as an exchange student from Temple University, Philadelphia, and subsequently graduated from the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) in 2007.  Her first novel, The First Law of Motion, was published in 2009.  She plays roller derby for the Norfolk Brawds, and is the convenor of the Creative Writing module at UEA’s International Summer School.  She teaches on the undergraduate programme.

Moses, Antoinette

Antoinette Moses is a Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing.  A former arts administrator, she has written a number of plays that 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 and is the Director of FLY, the university’s Festival of Literature for Young People.

Riley, Denise

Denise Riley is a Professor of Poetry and the History of Ideas and was formerly the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry).  Her books include Am I That Name?: Feminism and the Category of ‘Women’ in History, and The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony.  She edited Poets on Writing: Britain 1970-1991 and co-edited, with Stephen Heath and Colin McCabe, the Language, Discourse and Society Series Reader.  She has also published many collections of poetry, including Penguin Modern Poets 10, with Iain Sinclair and Douglas Oliver and Denise Riley: Selected Poems. Her most recent books are The Force of Language, with Jean-Jacques Lecercle, and Impersonal Passion: Language's Affect.  Her sequence of poems, ‘A Part Song’, was the winner of the 2012 Forward Poetry Prize.  She teaches on the postgraduate programme.

Robinson, Sophie

Sophie Robinson is a Lecturer in Creative Writing.  Born in 1985, she holds an MA in Poetic Practice from Royal Holloway, University of London.  She completed her PhD in Poetic Practice in 2012, also at Royal Holloway.  Her first book, a, was published by Les Figues in 2009, and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award and a Golden Crown Literary Society Award.  Her 2010 chapbook, The Lotion, was also shortlisted for the British Library Michael Marks award for Poetry Pamphlets.  In 2011 she was the Poetry Artist in Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  She has also been poet in residence at The New Schoolhouse Gallery in York and at the University of Surrey.  Her second collection, The Institute of Our Love in Disrepair, was published in 2012, and in 2013 The Independent named her as a ‘One to Watch’ young writer.  She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the Poetry MA.

Smith, Helen

Helen Smith is a lecturer in Modern Literature and Convenor of the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.  She is a graduate of the MA in Studies in Fiction at UEA, where she also completed a PhD on the editor and critic Edward Garnett, focusing on his relationships with Joseph Conrad, DH Lawrence and Sean O’Faolain.  Her research interests are in Life Writing, literary Modernism, author/publisher relations, and nineteenth and early twentieth century Russian fiction.  She is currently completing a biography of Edward Garnett, the proposal for which was the joint winner of the Biographers’ Club Prize.  She teaches on the undergraduate Literature programme, including the module ‘From Pushkin to Chekhov: Nineteenth Century Russian Fiction’, and on the Biography and Creative Non-Fiction MA, including the module ‘Writing Life’.

Stott, Rebecca

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, 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 was previously the convenor of the PhD in Creative and Critical Writing and teaches the Novel History module on the Creative Writing MA. She has a family memoir called The Iron Room coming out in June 2017 with Fourth Estate in the UK, Random House in the States and in several other countries. She is currently working on a novel set both in contemporary London and the city immediately after its abandonment by the Romans in the fifth century. This will be published by Random House and Fourth Estate in 2019.

Sutton, Henry

Henry Sutton is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, co-convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), and director of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). Awarded the UEA Writing Fellowship in 2008, he has been literary editor of Esquire magazine and books editor of the Daily Mirror, and has judged numerous literary prizes, including the John Lewellyn Rhys and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award (twice). He is the author of nine novels, including Get Me Out of Here (Harvill Secker/Vintage), My Criminal World (Harvill Secker/Vintage), and the first in a series Time to Win (Little, Brown 2017), and a collection of short stories, Thong Nation (Serpent’s Tail). He also co-authored the crime novel, First Frost (Bantam/Corgi), under the pseudonym James Henry. He is the co-editor of the forthcoming collection of essays, Domestic Noir: The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). His work has been published in many languages and he was awarded the J. B. Priestley Award in 2004. Kids’ Stuff (Serpent’s Tail) was the recipient of an Arts Council Writers’ Award in 2002, and was also made into a long running stage play in Riga, Latvia. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the Prose Fiction MA, the Crime Fiction MA, and the MA module The Writing of Crime/Thriller Fiction. He also supervises Creative Critical PhDs

Thomson, Ian

Ian ThomsonIan Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Non-Fiction. He is a biographer, translator and literary critic known for his interest in Italy and the West Indies. In 1990 he published Bonjour Blanc: A Journey Through Haiti, a hybrid of reportage and history. He was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s W.H. Heinemann prize for Primo Levi: A Life (Hutchinson, 2002), an account of the Italian writer and Nazi concentration camp survivor Primo Levi.  In 2005 he returned to the West Indies to write The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica, banned in Jamaica owing to its alleged 'sensitive content'. In 2010 the book was awarded the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje prize as well as the Dolman Travel Book Award. He writes for a range of newspapers and journals, including the Observer, Spectator, Financial Times and London Review of Books. In addition to his writing, he has edited Articles of Faith: The Collected Tablet Journalism of Graham Greene, and translated the Sicilian crime writer Leonardo Sciascia into English. He teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction.

Waters, Steve

Steve Waters is a Senior 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, and has 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.

Wertenbaker, Timberlake

Timberlake Wertenbaker is a Professor of Playwriting.  She is a world-renowned author of numerous original plays, translations and adaptations.  Her 1991 play Three Birds Alighting on a Field was the winner of the London Critics’ Circle Best West End Play Award, the Writer's Guild Award (Best West End Play) and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.  Her 1998 play Our Country's Good won the Laurence Olivier/BBC Award for Best New Play and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play, as well as being nominated for six ‘Tonies’.   The Love of the Nightingale (1989) which won the Eileen Anderson Central TV drama award.  She has written screenplays for film adaptations of Edith Wharton’s The Children and Henry James’s The Wings of the Dove, and adapted plays for stage and radio by Marivaux, Sophocles, Euripides and Racine, among others.  In 1992 she was awarded the Mrs Giles Whiting Award for her body of work, and in 2006 was made a fellow of The Royal Society of Literature in 2006.  She joined UEA as the inaugural UNESCO City of Literature visiting professor in 2012, and was appointed to a chair in 2013.  She teaches on the undergraduate and postgraduate Drama and Creative Writing programmes, including the MA in Scriptwriting