About the Centre

Laura Esquivel
Laura Esquivel giving the 2012 Creative Writing Lecture
The Centre for New Writing was established to give contemporary literature studies and creative writing a dynamic presence in the East Midlands and beyond. We now run an MA in Creative Writing.

With a focus on practice, the Centre promotes the study of all aspects of contemporary writing by regional, national and international academics and creative writers.

The Centre hosts conferences, workshops, colloquia, lectures and seminar series, which are open to the general public. It also holds an archive of recordings of interviews with, and lectures and workshops by celebrated writers, including Carol Ann Duffy, Will Self, Ben Okri, Claire Tomalin, Colm Tóibín, Alan Hollinghurst, Sarah Waters, David Lodge, John Carey and many others.

Current member interests

Current members of the Centre are interested in a number of questions about contemporary writing:

  • How are contemporary literary cultures and technological developments shaping the ways we read and write?
  • What are the most influential current innovations in fiction, non-fiction and academic writing?
  • Where do they originate and where are they leading us?
  • How can academics and creative writers best engage with new literary approaches, forms, forums and practices such as Twitter, e-books, new modernisms, experimental biography, ficto-criticism and practice-led research?

The founding members of the Centre for New Writing specialise in creative writing pedagogy, poetry, new media, and regional, transcultural literary cultures.

Together with their partners the Centre and the School of English currently direct and support a range of projects, festivals, writing organisations, publishing networks and research initiatives. We welcome new members.

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


Dr Corinne Fowler

Deputy Directors:
Dr Harry Whitehead
Mr Nick Everett

Useful Links:
Creative Writing at Leicester
School of English