People

Dr Corinne FowlerDr Corinne Fowler

Associate Professor of Postcolonial Literature

Corinne Fowler is the Director of the Centre for New Writing. She is Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature in the School of English and directs an Arts-Council project called Grassroutes: Contemporary Leicestershire Writing. She is co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project called Affective Digital Histories, which will commission creative writing about de-industrialised spaces in Leicester's cultural quarter.

Harry WhiteheadDr Harry Whitehead

Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Harry Whitehead is a Deputy Director of the Centre for New Writing. He is Senior Tutor for Creative Writing in the School of English and Chair of the Literary Leicester Festival. His first novel, The Cannibal Spirit (Penguin Canada), is a fictionalisation of the true story of George Hunt, a native Canadian man who was tried for cannibalism in 1900 in Vancouver. Harry recently completed his second novel, about a film location scout who is given the brief to find ‘nowhere’ and enough rope to hang himself if he fails. His research interests concern creative writing pedagogy in all forms and the impact on creative diversity of Creative Writing's global spread and popularity

Dr Jonathan TaylorDr Jonathan Taylor

Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Jonathan Taylor is the Deputy Co-Director of the Centre for New Writing. His books include the novels Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), and Melissa (Salt, 2015), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson's, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring, 2013).

 

Mr Nick EverettMr Nick Everett

Lecturer in American Literature

Nick Everett is a Deputy Director of the Centre for New Writing. He is interested in the history and development of poetry, and particularly the forms and genres of poetry, since the mid-nineteenth century. He specialises in American poetry and has written about a number of American poets including Walt Whitman, John Berryman, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, AR Ammons, Robinson Jeffers, Edna St Vincent Millay and Dave Smith.

Dr Rabah AissaouiDr Rabah Aissaoui

Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages

Dr Aissaoui’s research interests focus on immigration and racism in colonial and postcolonial France. He is particularly interested in the study of discourses on identity and exile, in the diasporic construction of nationalism and more specifically in expressions of ethnic, national and cultural belonging amongst Maghrebi migrants in France. He has researched and published on two particular political movements, the Etoile-Nord Africaine/Parti du Peuple Algérien in the interwar period and the MTA in 1970s France.

Professor Clare AndersonProfessor Clare Anderson

Professor of History

Clare Anderson is Professor of History in the School of History, Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester. Her research takes a subaltern studies approach to the history of penal transportation, confinement and forced labour. Previously focused on South Asia, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean world, Clare is now working on a global history of convicts and penal colonies, including in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific oceans.

Kavita BhanotKavita Bhanot

Honorary Creative Writing Fellow

Kavita Bhanot’s fiction, non-fiction, reviews have been published and broadcast widely (including Media Diversified, The Independent, BBC Radio 4). She is editor of the anthology Too Asian, Not Asian Enough (Tindal Street Press, 2011), the forthcoming Book of Birmingham (Comma Press, 2018) and co-editor of the first Bare Lit anthology (Brain Mill Press, 2017). She has a PhD from Manchester University and is a reader and mentor with The Literary Consultancy.

Jean Binta Breeze Jean 'Binta' Breeze

Honorary Creative Writing Fellow

Among the most influential poets of recent years, Jean 'Binta' Breeze MBE is a pioneering dub poet of considerable renown. Now based in Leicester, she was born in Jamaica in 1957. She studied at the Jamaican School of Drama with Michael Smith and Oku Onuora. She began to write poetry in the 1970s, performing and recording first in Kingston then in London. Jean has performed her work worldwide, touring in the Caribbean, North America, Europe, South East Asia and Africa.

Sean BodySean Body

Honorary Creative Writing Fellow

Sean Body was born in Templeglantine, Co Limerick and has lived all his adult life in the Greater Manchester area. He joined Manchester Poets in 1988, establishing Tarantula as a Manchester Poets imprint. He is a founder member of Manchester Irish Writers, which produced several volumes of short stories and poetry. In 1998 he reconstituted Tarantula Publications as an independent publisher and launched the thrice yearly magazine Brando’s Hat. His poetry has won prizes in several competitions, including Ver Poets, Peterloo and Bridport.

Jo DixonJo Dixon

Jo Dixon is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. Her research examines epiphany in contemporary poetry through creative and critical practice. Jo is producing a poetry collection that responds to her research and a critical thesis on epiphany in the work of Kathleen Jamie and Alice Oswald.

Dr Simon DixonDr Simon Dixon

Archives and Special Collections Manager

Dr Simon Dixon has researched and published on a wide range of subjects, including 17th century Quakerism, Dissenting Academies, and the life and work of Sue Townsend. He runs regular Inspiration from the Archives workshops with Library colleague Selina Lock, and was a member of the Affective Digital Histories project team.

Dr Sue Dymoke Sue Dymoke

Senior Lecturer in Education

Sue is a published poet with a particular interest in the processes of writing poetry and how these are taught in schools. Before joining the School of Education, Sue taught English in secondary schools for 16 years, for 8 of these she was a Head of English. She also worked as a course tutor at the University of Nottingham and for the Open University. Sue has run courses on many aspects of English, especially poetry teaching and A-level English, as well as other elements of continuing professional development including group work, gender in education and Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction. Sue is a member of the education working group of the national Poetry Archive, a consultant for the Poetry Society and a member of its Poetry Class team.

Dr Lucy Evans

Dr Lucy Evans

Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature

Dr Evans specialises in postcolonial literature, especially contemporary Caribbean and black British literature. Her recent research has focused on constructions of community in Caribbean short stories: she has written articles on Dionne Brand, Mark McWatt, EA Markham, Robert Antoni and VS Naipaul and has co-edited a collection of critical essays, The Caribbean Short Story: Critical Perspectives (Peepal Tree Press, 2011). She is writing a book, Communities in Contemporary Caribbean Short Stories, for Liverpool University Press.

Dr Sarah Graham

Dr Sarah Graham

Lecturer in American Literature

Sarah Graham's research area is American writing from the Modernist period to the contemporary, with particular interests in gender, sexuality, trauma and youth culture. Her major publications to date have focused on the work of HD (Hilda Doolittle) and JD Salinger, and her current and future research engages with 20th and 21st century American fiction (novels and short stories), particularly in relation to adolescence, family and nostalgia. She also has a special interest in representations of the AIDS epidemic.

Colin HydeColin Hyde

Manager of the East Midlands Oral History Archive

Colin Hyde manages the East Midlands Oral History Archive (EMOHA) and has been recording oral histories in Leicestershire and Rutland for more than 25 years. The main aim of the Archive is to record and interpret people’s stories and memories of their lives. Recent work has focussed on the urban environment and includes creating historical sound maps for the Affective Digital Histories project. New work will concentrate on recording memories of the immediate post-war years in Leicester.

Dr Richard JonesDr Richard Jones

Senior Lecturer in Landscape History

Dr Richard Jones is a landscape historian based in the Centre for English Local History at Leicester. He is particularly interested in Old English place-names, the shortest but arguably one of the most revealing storytelling forms that has been passed down to us from the early medieval period.

Brett Matulis Brett Matulis

Brett's research concerns environmental governance, placing particular emphasis on its relation to social equity, justice, and power. His work questions the (now dominant) assumption that capitalist economics can provide the solution to the socio-environmental problems it creates. He has an interest in nature writing as a expression of environmental values beyond those captured in concepts like “ecosystem services” and “natural capital”.

Liam McCarthyLiam McCarthy

After 25 years working at the BBC Liam is now a PhD Student at the University of Leicester. His key areas of research are immigration and the far right in Leicester in the 1970s; American 'race riots' in Leicester in 1944 between black and white GIs; and the birth of Asian programmes on BBC local radio.

Andrew Mitchell

Honorary Creative Writing Fellow
Andrew Mitchell
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Andrew Mitchell is a poet whose long narrative poem sequences on figures such as Darwin and the Younger Romantics explore historical, social, philosophical and spiritual questions. He has worked with musicians, singers and dancers to create live performances of his work across the UK and Europe.

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Dr Julian North

Senior Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature

Dr Julian North specialises in Romantic and Victorian literature, with particularDr Julian North research interests in biography and the afterlives of literary figures. She also works on portraiture and the visual representation of writers. She has published on the work of Thomas De Quincey, Carlyle, Jane Austen and Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Bronte, amongst others. She is the author of The Domestication of Genius: Biography and the Romantic Poet (Oxford University Press, 2009) and one of the editors of The Works of Thomas De Quincey (Pickering and Chatto, 2000-2003), gen. ed. Grevel Lindop. She is currently working on Dickens’s image in the context of Victorian portrait culture.

Dr Gary O'DonovanDr Gary O'Donovan

Dr Gary O'Donovan is the author of more than 20 articles in the fields of medicine, public health and sport science (ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6748-6218). His research is mainly about understanding and preventing physical inactivity, which is one of the leading causes of today's major non-communicable diseases.

Dr Emma Parker

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary LiteratureDr Emma Parker

Dr Parker specialises in post-war British literature and contemporary fiction, particularly women's writing. She has published a book on Kate Atkinson as well as essays on Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson, Sarah Waters, Michèle Roberts, Rose Tremain, Graham Swift, Martin Amis and Will Self. Topics covered in her work include food, romance, trauma, diaspora, magic, masculinity, transsexuality and male pregnancy.

John Siddique

John Siddique

Honorary Creative Writing Fellow

John Siddique is the author of Full Blood, Recital – An Almanac, Poems from a Northern Soul and The Prize. His poems, essays and articles have been featured in many publications, including Granta, The Guardian, Poetry Review and The Rialto. The Spectator refers to him as "a stellar British poet". The Times of India calls him "rebellious by nature, pure at heart".

SuAndiSuAndi

Honorary Creative Writing Fellow

SuAndi writes mainly for performance and not for the page. Since 1985 she has expanded her portfolio of work into diverse locations, from galleries to public artwork. She is the freelance Cultural Director of Black Arts Alliance, a recipient of a NESTA Dreamtime award, and in 1999 she was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for her contributions to the Black Arts Sector.

Professor Roey SweetProfessor Roey Sweet

Professor of Urban History

Roey Sweet is a historian of eighteenth-century urban, social and cultural history. She has published works on urban culture and identity, antiquarianism and the reception of the past in the eighteenth century and on British travellers in Italy. She continues to work on travellers and travel writing and is writing a book on antiquarianism, archaeology and the invention of the historic town in Britain c1700-1850

Charles Wheeler Charles Wheeler

Events Promotion Manager

Charles Wheeler is a graduate of the University’s Modern Literature and Creative Writing MA and is the Centre’s Events Promotion Manager. He runs the social media feeds for the Centre and the Literary Leicester festival. His short story Kidnap was published in the inaugural edition of Centre’s collection of student writing, The New Luciad (2013).

Past colleagues

Ben Okri

Ben Okri

Visiting Professor

Ben Okri is acclaimed as one of the finest living writers of fiction. He is the author of such celebrated novels as the Booker-winning The Famished Road (1991), In Arcadia (2007) and Incidents at the Shrine (1986), celebrated collections of short fiction, including Stars of the New Curfew (1988), and collections of essays such as his latest, A Time for New Dreams (2011).

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The Centre for New Writing
School of English
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH

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Director:
Dr Corinne Fowler

Deputy Directors:
Dr Harry Whitehead
Mr Nick Everett

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