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Bradbury, Malcolm

Malcolm Bradbury co-founded (with Angus Wilson) the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1970, the first course of its kind in the UK, and was its Director until his retirement in 1995. A Professor of American Studies, he was a prolific and influential literary scholar, publishing over forty books of non-fiction and criticism. In addition he wrote numerous screenplays for television, a large body of reviews and articles, and published seven novels, including The History Man (1975), which was serialised for BBC television, and Rates Of Exchange (1983), which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. He was awarded a CBE in 1991 for services to literature, and knighted in 2000. He died in 2000, aged 68.

Carter, Angela

Angela Carter taught the MA in Prose Fiction between 1980 and 1987, numbering Booker Prize-winners Kazuo Ishiguro and Anne Enright among her many pupils. She was one of the most influential and widely-studied of twentieth century writers, publishing poetry, plays, children’s books, three collections of critical writing, including Nothing Sacred (1992), five collections of short stories, including The Bloody Chamber (1979), and nine novels, including Nights at the Circus (1984), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Wise Children (1991). Her second novel The Magic Toyshop (1987) and her short story The Company of Wolves (1984) were adapted for cinema. She died in 1992, aged 51.

Duncker, Patricia

Patricia Duncker was a Professor of Creative Writing and co-Director (with Michèle Roberts) of the Prose Fiction MA between 2002 and 2006. A respected feminist academic and scholar she had previously taught Literature at the University of Aberystwyth and published a collection of critical essays Writing On The Wall in 2002.  Her first novel Hallucinating Foucault (1996) won the McKitterick Prize and the Dillons First Fiction Award. Among her other publications are the short story collection Seven Tales of Sex and Death (2003) and the novel Miss Webster and Chérif (2007), which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize. Both The Strange Case of the Composer and His Judge and Sophie and the Sibyl: A Victorian Romance were shortlisted for the Green Carnation Award. She is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Manchester.

Greenlaw, Lavinia

Lavinia Greenlaw was a Professor of Creative Writing and Convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Poetry) between 2007 and 2013.  Among her many publications are the poetry collections Minsk (2003), which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize, the Forward Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the novel Mary George of Allnorthover (2001), which won France's Prix du Premier Roman Etranger, and the memoir The Importance of Music to Girls (2007).  She is a former Chair of the Poetry Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  She has received a number of artist’s commissions including Audio Obscura, a sound installation for Artangel and Manchester International Festival (2011).  In 2013 she was Chair of the inaugural Folio Prize and the recipient of a Wellcome Foundation Fellowship.

Holmes, Richard

Richard Holmes was Professor of Biographical Studies and Director of the Lifewriting MA between 2001 and 2006 and is now one of UEA’s Distinguished Writing Fellows. His first book, Shelley: The Pursuit (1974), won a Somerset Maugham Award, and he has subsequently been awarded the Whitbread Book of the Year for Coleridge: Early Visions (1989), the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Dr Johnson and Mr Savage (1993), and the Duff Cooper Prize and the Heinemann Award for Coleridge: Darker Reflections (1998). Among his many other publications are Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer (1985) and Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer (2000). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy, and was awarded an OBE in 1992.

Magrs, Paul

Paul Magrs was a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at UEA between 1997 and 2004, during which time he co-Directed the MA in Creative Writing with Professor Andrew Motion. He is the author of numerous novels for both adults and children, including Strange Boy (2002), Twin Freaks (2007), and several titles in the BBC Doctor Who series. He was co-editor of The Creative Writing Coursebook (2001). He subsequently taught Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Motion, Andrew

Andrew Motion succeeded Malcolm Bradbury as Professor of Creative Writing in 1995 and was co-Director (with Paul Magrs) of the MA in Creative Writing until 2002, during which time he was appointed Poet Laureate, succeeding Ted Hughes.  His poetry collections include Dangerous Play: Poems 1974-1984 (1984), which won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and Natural Causes (1987), which won the Dylan Thomas Award.  He is the author of several acclaimed literary biographies, including The Lamberts: George, Constant and Kit (1986), which won a Somerset Maugham Award, and Philip Larkin: A Writer’s Life (1993), which won the Whitbread Biography Award.  He has also published two novels and a memoir, In The Blood (2006).  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway University

Roberts, Michele

cover of 'daughters of the house' by michéle robertsMichèle Roberts was a Professor of Creative Writing and co-Director (with Patricia Duncker) of the Prose Fiction MA between 2002 and 2007, and subsequently taught on the Life Writing MA as a Writing Fellow. She remains Professor Emeritus of Creative Writing at UEA and is the author of many highly acclaimed novels, including The Looking Glass and Daughters of the House, which won the WH Smith Literary Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her memoir Paper Houses was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. She has also published poetry and short stories, including Mud: Stories of Sex and Love (2010).  Half-English and half-French, she lives in London and in the Mayenne, France.

Sebald, W.G.

W.G. Sebald joined UEA in 1970 as a lecturer in German Literature and became Professor of European Literature in 1987. He was a founding Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) in 1989 and taught on the MA in Creative Writing from the mid-1990s until his death in a car crash in 2001, aged 57. Until he emerged as an internationally significant novelist with the publication of The Emigrants in 1996, he was known principally as a scholar of German and particularly Austrian literature. His other highly acclaimed and influential novels are Rings of Saturn (1999), Vertigo (2000) and Austerlitz (2001).

Szirtes, George

George Szirtes was a Reader in Creative Writing from 2008 until his retirement in 2014.  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.  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.  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.   

Tremain, Rose

Rose Tremain graduated from UEA in 1967 and subsequently returned to teach on the Creative Writing MA between 1988 and 1995.  She is now one of UEA’s Distinguished Writing Fellows.  Her first novel, Sadler’s Birthday, was published in 1976 and among her many other acclaimed novels and short story collections are Restoration (1989), which won the Angel Literary Award and the Sunday Express Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Sacred Country (1992), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Prix Fémina Etranger, Music and Silence (1999), which won the Whitbread Novel Award, The Colour (2004), which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and The Road Home, which won the 2008 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction.  She was awarded a CBE in 2007, and in 2012 was installed as UEA’s first female Chancellor.

Wilson, Angus

Angus Wilson co-founded (with Malcom Bradbury) the UEA Creative Writing MA in 1970, the first course of its kind in the UK. A critic, novelist and short story writer, he taught widely in the United States before joining UEA in 1963. He became a Professor of English Literature in 1966, and retired in 1978. His first publication was a collection of short stories, The Wrong Set (1949). His first novel Hemlock and After (1952) was followed by six others, including Anglo Saxon Attitudes (1956) and Late Call (1964). He also published numerous non-fiction titles and was Chair of the Arts Council’s Literature Panel and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He was knighted for services to literature in 1980, and died in 1991, aged 77.