Current research students

Al Anderson is a first year PhD student in Creative and Critical writing, supervised by Professors Tiffany Atkinson and Denise Riley. His project is concerned with the Baroque fold and poetic affect. It comprises a critical examination of late 20th century North American poetry in relation to the resurgent influence of the early Baroque period on modern and contemporary aesthetics, making use of Deleuze’s notion of the ‘fold’ which he advanced in his works on Foucault and Leibniz. The creative writing part of his project is concerned with the paintings of Caravaggio who, following the revival of his popularity in the 1950’s, exerted profound influence over the visual imaginations of queer film makers, painters and poets.  

Sara Bayat's creative-critical PhD is supervised by Professor Tessa McWatt and Professor Anshuman Modal. Her critical thesis will explore ideas of belonging and identity in multi-ethnic families who are settled in the United Kingdom. She will focus on literature which portrays the dynamics of a mixed-heritage household, and examine it though a lens of post-colonial concepts, such as hybridity and assimilation. Works by Zadie Smith, Diana Evans, and Hanif Kureishi will be analysed. Belonging and identity will bridge thematically to the creative component - a novel - of her project.

Nicholas Bradley (BA, MSt Oxon, MA) is a third-year Creative and Critical Writing PhD student, funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. After graduating with a master's degree in English Literature in 2005, he spent ten years working for Japanese organisations in Hiroshima, Frankfurt and Tokyo. He returned to the U.K. to complete an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2016.

Joseph Corr is a final year CHASE – funded creative – critical PhD student, supervised by Steve Waters and Dr Clare Connors. His critical thesis examines plays written during the period of the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland (1969-1996), that contain queer identities. Frank McGuinness’s Carthaginians and Brian Friel’s The Gentle Island are two of the plays that are at the heart of his study. For his creative component he is writing three full length stage plays that have queer experience at the centre of the drama. Two of these plays have been completed, Pet Shop Boy andQuarry. He is currently working on his third play.  

Ayanna Gillian Lloyd is a Creative-Critical Writing PhD student. Her research explores the poetics of Caribbean houses and excavates the relationship between fiction, material space and history. Her novel unfolds through the restoration of a house passed down through five generations of women, and her critical project combines a close reading of fictional houses by contemporary Caribbean women writers with narratives from real Caribbean women and their lived experiences of their own homes. Both projects speak back to the ‘Great House’ in Caribbean literature and ask: What history/History is made in the ‘Small House’ and what does a feminized reading of houses reveal about both the historical and affective dimensions of place.  Her research is funded by a University of East Anglia International Postgraduate Studentship and is supervised by Professor Alison Donnell and Professor Tessa Mc Watt.

Iain Gonoude is in the first year of a CHASE-funded creative-critical writing PhD, supervised by Steve Waters and Dr Brett Mills. He is writing a trilogy of stage comedies dramatizing the comedian’s role in mediating social identity. His critical thesis examines how the tension between in-group favouritism and out-group derogation was articulated by British comedians in the post-war period, and tracks the evolution of this tension from the E.N.S.A. concert parties to the Satire Boom. His research focuses particularly on the Associated London Scripts Co-Operative, which brought together the leading lights of the NAAFI generation (Spike Milligan et al) and a younger generation of pioneering sitcom writers. Examining the critically-neglected modal innovations of the period preceding the Satire Boom - absurdist, social-realist and satirical – offers fresh insights into the complex relationship between comedy and British social identity.

Olivia Heal is a Creative-Critical (prose) PhD Candidate, supervised by Professor Vesna Goldsworthy and Dr Stephen Benson. Her work engages with contemporary maternal writing, with an emphasis on how maternal praxis and experience informs the literature. Through figures of 'interruption', 'effacement'... the critical thesis is an affirmative reading of maternal writing (Andrea Brady, Maggie Nelson, Jenny Offill, Sarah Manguso, Sara Ruhl…). Critical and creative elements of the PhD are directly related, folding one into the other. The latter occupies a maternal first person in a fragmented essay on motherhood.

Ashley Hickson-Lovence is a first-year CHASE-funded PhD student supervised by Professor Andrew Cowan and Professor Alison Donnell. His creative thesis is a novel of literary fiction based on the early life of a former Premiership football referee. Set predominately in 1970s Sheffield, the novel tracks the life of a young black man who - against all the odds, aims to succeed in a position that had never been occupied by someone of his colour before. For the critical element, his thesis scrutinises the problematic depiction of the black experience in ghostwritten football autobiographies. 

Rashmee Roshan Lall is working on a critical and cultural examination of the history of creative expression in the Islamic world and story-telling by, to, and for Muslims (and others). His fictional work, titled The Magic Inkwell, is thematically linked with the investigation of the Platonic influence on notions of Islamic censorship. He is supervised by Professor Giles Foden and Professor Anshuman Mondal.

Elspeth Latimer is in the final year of a CHASE funded creative-critical PhD on the poetics of the contemporary crime fiction series. Her research looks at how the form is constructed through its treatment of character and place. In the critical component she investigates this via close readings of selected novels from Ian Rankin’s Rebus series, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series, Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series, Liza Marklund’s Annika Bengtzon series. The creative project is book two of a series set in Edinburgh about a 62-year-old hitman and his dog. Her supervisors are Professor Henry Sutton and Dr Clare Connors

Arzhang Luke Pezhman is a second year AHRC-funded playwright supervised by Steve Waters and Professor Anshuman Mondal. His research is centered around representations of immigration in the UK workplace during the neoliberal period (from the early 1980s to the present), specifically in terms of theatrical writing. Alongside his research, which is interdisciplinary (playwriting, neoliberalism, postcolonialism - as well as Marxism, feminism and queer theory), he will be writing plays that address the question of representations of diasporic individuals and communities in the contemporary UK workplace.

Eleanor Stewart-Pointing is a final year CHASE-funded creative-critical PhD student, supervised by Professor Tiffany Atkinson and Tom Rutledge. Her critical thesis explores Gavin Douglas’s Eneados, a translation of Virgil’s Aeneid into Older Scots completed in 1513. The figure who attracts some of the most enduring and troubling sympathy in Virgil’s epic poem is Dido, whose story is re-envisioned in the creative component of the PhD: a book-length collection of poems comprising narrative poems in the voice of Dido as well as sonnets based on individual Latin, Phoenician and Older Scots words that seem in some way to be especially resonant.