Dr Jonathan Taylor

Dr Jonathan TaylorBA in English and American Literature (Warwick), MA in English (Warwick), Ph.D in English (Loughborough)

Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Contact Details

Email: jt265@le.ac.uk

Telephone: 0116 252 2778

Room: ATT1513

Current postgraduate supervisions



Research Interests

Dr. Jonathan Taylor is a lecturer, author, editor and critic. His specialisms include fiction and non-fiction writing, memoir, poetry, writing for voice, music and literature, laughter and literature, and literature of the ‘long’ nineteenth century.


Creatively speaking, Jonathan is author of the novels Melissa (Salt, 2015) and Entertaining Strangers (Salt, 2012), the memoir Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself (Granta Books, 2007), the short-story collection Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman Books, 2013), and the poetry collection Musicolepsy (Shoestring Press, 2013). He is editor of the anthology Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012).

Academically speaking, Jonathan is author of the monographs Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2003), and Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Sussex Academic Press, 2007). With Dr. Andrew Dix, he is co-editor of the anthology Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing, 1800-2000 (Sussex Academic Press, 2005).

Entertaining Strangers was shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2013 and longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2013; Kontakte and Other Stories was shortlisted for Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection 2013, and longlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud was winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Fiction Anthology 2013; an early draft of Melissa was longlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize. Since publication, Melissa has been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award 2016, and longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize 2016.

Jonathan’s fiction, non-fiction, reviews, articles and poetry have featured in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, journals and websites including The Times, The Times Higher, The Times Literary Supplement, Guardian Family, Guardian Education, The Independent, Granta, NASA-Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Stand, London, Staple, Envoi, Poetry Scotland, Poetic Diversity, Acumen, Connotation Press, Litro, Raw Edge, Warwick Review, Necessary Fiction, Dickens Studies Annual, Clio, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, Poe studies, and many others. His poetry, stories, prose, dramas and interviews  have been broadcast on radio stations including BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5, Oneword, Virtually American, Resonance FM, BBC Leicester, BBC Wales, BBC Scotland, Radio Wildfire, Heat FM, Carillon, and others. He has given conference papers, readings, performances, workshops and lectures at universities, festivals, conferences and live events throughout the UK, as well as in the US and Cyprus.

Jonathan is co-founder and co-director of Crystal Clear Creators, an arts organisation and small publisher dedicated to developing, recording, publishing, broadcasting and promoting new writing. It publishes pamphlets and anthologies, runs broadcasts and live events, and hosts courses and workshops on writing and heritage. For Crystal Clear Creators, Jonathan was editor of the Crystal Pamphlets series and Hearing Voices Magazine. Crystal Clear Creators has been funded by Arts Council England, Awards for All, National Lottery, Children in Need, AOL, Ernest Cook Trust and others. Along with the Centre for New Writing and Nine Arches Press, Crystal Clear Creators runs the regular open-mic poetry evening, Leicester Shindig!. In 2014, Shindig! was shortlisted for the Saboteur Award for Best Regular Spoken Word Night.

Jonathan is series editor for the new series Stretto Fictions, to be published by Roman Books from 2016 onwards.

Jonathan is a member of the Society of Authors and the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE).

Current Research

Jonathan is currently working on a monograph concerning the representation of laughter and violence in literature between 1840 and 1920. He is also working towards a second poetry collection.


Co-director of Crystal Clear Creators. Series Editor for Stretto Fictions, published by Roman Books. Deputy Director of the Centre for New Writing.

Current Postgraduate Supervision

Jonathan would welcome enquiries from prospective postgraduate students with research interests in the following areas:

  • Creative Writing
  • Prose fiction
  • Prose non-fiction and memoir
  • Music and writing


Major Publications


Melissa [novel], Salt, October 2015, ISBN 978-1784630355

Jonathan Taylor - Melissa

Entertaining Strangers [novel], Salt, November 2012, ISBN 978-1907773273.

Musicolepsy [poetry collection], Shoestring Press, April 2013, ISBN 978-1907356728.

Kontakte and Other Stories [short story collection], Roman Books, 9789380905648, July 2013.

Take Me Home: Parkinson’s, My Father, Myself [memoir], Granta, London, July 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1862079552.

Science and Omniscience in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Sussex Academic Press, Eastbourne, September 2007, 272 pages, ISBN 1845191250, or 978-1845191252.

Mastery and Slavery in Victorian Writing, Palgrave-Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2003, 229 pages, ISBN 0-333-99312-8 and 978-0333993125. Also published as e-book in 2010, ISBN 978-0230554733.


Overheard: Stories for Reading Aloud [anthology], Salt, November 2012. ISBN 978-1907773266.

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