Researching creative writing, life writing and creative non-fiction Researching creative writing, life writing and creative non-fiction

The life of writing in the School is characterised by the interplay, in theory and in practice, of the creative and the critical. Significant developments in thinking about this relation are evident in major works of non-fiction, life writing, fiction, poetry and drama.

The question of research in creative writing, life writing and creative non-fiction is also one that concerns our group. The research for our current work-in-progress ranges across, for instance, Victorian body parts, noir fiction, contemporary neuroscience, cosmology, Roman London and the decline of the honeybee.

Group members 

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.

Trezza Azzopardi is a novelist and short story writer. Her most recent novel, The Song House, is an exploration of the power of music on memory. The research for her new novella The Tip of my Tongue, based on a medieval legend from The Mabinogion, included an investigation of the oral traditions associated with ancient legends and the stylistic and cultural challenges of transforming a voiced narrative into a written one.

Raffaella Barker is  a novelist, who has written 9 novels, many of which are best sellers and all of which are published by Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK and around the world. The most recent is From A Distance  published in 2014,  and others include the best selling PoppylandSummertimeHens Dancing, and Come and Tell Me Some Lies. Her short stories have been published in a range of anthologies and performed on BBC Radio 4 . She is currently writing a comic novel set in East Anglia.  

Tom Benn is a novelist and screenwriter. His novels include The Doll PrincessChamber Music and Trouble Man. His nonfiction has appeared in The Paris Review Daily. His first short film,Real Gods Require Blood, premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. His research interests include crime fiction; experimental genre fiction and cinema; and representations of race, class, region and dialect in genre fiction.

Professor Amit Chaudhuri is a novelist, essayist and musician. He is the author most recently of a portrait of Calcutta calledCalcutta: Two Years in the City (2013), a collection of essaysTelling Tales (2013), and a novel called The Immortals (2009). He is currently working on a novel that includes research into European mythology and eighties' London.

Professor Andrew Cowan  is a novelist. He is the author of Pig,Common GroundCrustaceansWhat I Know and Worthless Men and a book on creative writing practice, The Art of Writing Fiction. His new novel Your Fault is published in 2019. He is currently writing a book on creative writing pedagogy and practice, Against Creative Writing

Sian Evans is a translator, playwright, screenwriter and librettist. Her research interests are wide but include anthropology, feminism and the use of the magical and anomalous in storytelling. Her most recent libretto, Navigate The Blood, about the transformative power of love and alcohol, is currently touring Scotland's distilleries.   

Professor Giles Foden is a novelist. He is the author of several novels including The Last King of Scotland, and most recentlyTurbulence which explores both turbulence theory and the centrality of climate science to the D-Day Landings. His research interests range from the imperial romance to complexity science. He is currently working on a novel set in Africa.

Professor Vesna Goldsworthy is a novelist, memoirist and poet whose work is translated into twenty two languages. Two of her bestselling books were serialised on BBC Radio 4: her novelGorsky (2015), which was a Waterstones Book of the Year and the New York Times Editors’ Choice; and her memoir,Chernobyl Strawberries (2005), also serialised in The Times. Her poetry collection The Angel of Salonika (2011) was one of the Times’ Best Poetry Books of the Year. 

Andrea Holland is a poet. Her collection, Broadcasting, centres on the 1942 Army requisition of five rural Norfolk villages for D-Day training and the loss of the homes and way of life for villages. She is currently translating the poems of French-Russian painter Marc Chagall into English.  

Rachel Hore is a novelist with an interest in the historical genre. Her latest book, Last Letter Home, is set during the Second World War in Norfolk, London, Egypt and Italy. She is currently working on a novel about adoption, which is set between the wars.

Professor Kathryn Hughes is an historian and literary critic. Her most recent book is Victorians Undone, an account of the body-parts of various well-known writers, artists and scientists from the nineteenth century. 

Jacob Huntley is a short story writer. His short stories have been published in a number of journals and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. His current research interests include the Gothic, fantastical fiction and contemporary writing.

Claire Hynes is a fiction and non-fiction writer who also writes theatre monologues. Her current work explores Virginia Woolf’s extended essay, A Room of One’s Own and the life and writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Her research interests include voice, vernacular and first person fiction and non-fiction.

Philip Langeskov was born in Copenhagen in 1976. As an undergraduate, he studied English Language and Literature at UCL, after which he spent ten years working for bookshops and publishing companies in London, before coming to Norwich to study on the UEA MA in Creative Writing (Prose), which was soon followed by a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing. A short story writer, his fiction has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb and appeared in various places, including Untitled Books, Five DialsThe Warwick Review, Unthology, and Best British Short Stories 2011 2014. His first  book, Barcelona, was published by Daunt Books in 2013.

Michael Lengsfield is a scriptwriter.  His primary research interests are in scriptwriting, with a focus on the theory and practice of adaptation. 

Jean McNeil is the author of thirteen books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essay and travel. She has an interest in landscape, environment and climate change and over the last decade has undertaken research in Antarctica, the Arctic and in sub-Saharan Africa. Her latest publications are Ice Diaries: an Antarctic Memoir (2016); The Dhow House, a novel (2017) and Fire on the Mountain, a novel (2018). Her current research is on Walter Benjamin, landscape, cinema and desire.

Kate Moorhead-Kuhn is a novelist and lecturer in Creative Writing. She is currently writing her MA in Education Practice and Research dissertation, which focuses on Intersectional Feminist Pedagogy and it's implementation in the Creative Writing Classroom. She hopes to take this research forward into a PhD from 2019/20. 

Antoinette Moses is a playwright and the author of fifteen books of language learner literature. Her latest play, which she co-wrote with Val Taylor, Road to Heidelberg, was produced in Heidelberg in August, 2013. Her research interests are on documentary theatre and real lives in fiction.

Ben Musgrave writes for the stage, screen, and radio. He is currently under commission to Tara Arts, for whom he is writing a new play about the abuses of British Indigo cultivation in 1860s Bengal, scheduled for production in 2019. His screen adaptation of his 2015 stage play Crushed Shells and Mud, (Southwark Playhouse), is currently in development. 

Iain Robinson is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University and holds a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from UEA. Before commencing his PhD he had a career in bookselling and internet retailing. He has taught on the undergraduate program in LDC since 2003. 

Sophie Robinson is a poet who is currently working on queer poetics. 

Helen Smith is non-fiction writer. The Uncommon Reader, her biography of the publisher’s reader, critic and editor Edward Garnett was published in 2017. She is currently working on a book about an early twentieth century photographer. 

Dr Kirstin Smith is Lecturer in Drama who has also worked as a dramaturg and published fiction. She’s currently working on a creative-critical project about the act of looking.

Professor Rebecca Stott is a novelist, historian and creative non-fiction writer. Her historical novels include Ghostwalk andThe Coral Thief; her historical non-fiction Darwin and theBarnacle and Darwin's Ghosts. She is currently working on dereliction, decay and the abandonment of Roman London for a new novel. 

Professor Henry Sutton is Professor of Creative Writing and Crime Fiction in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. He is Director of Creative Writing, and the convenor of the MA in Creative Writing (Crime Fiction). He has been a member of faculty since January 2012. 

Ian Thomson is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Non-Fiction at UEA. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has lectured in universities in the United States, France, Italy and London.

Steven Waters is a a playwright and scriptwriter. His research interests are broad and currently include climate change science and astronomy. He has just completed an international research project for a play called Four Cities, Four Stories with Birmingham Rep in collaboration with theatres in Croatia, Germany and Poland.

Professor Timberlake Wertenbaker is a Professor of Playwriting. She is currently working on a new play for Out of Joint. 

Naomi Wood is a novelist who often works in historical settings and with a biographical angle. Her second novel, Mrs Hemingway, is a fictional exploration of the lives of Hemingway's four wives; her third novel, Torch Song, explores the artists and their milieu during the German Bauhaus from 1923-33.