Dr Jonathan Taylor

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Associate Professor of Creative Writing

Department: English

Dr Jonathan Taylor

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2778

Email: jt265@le.ac.uk

Office: Room 1513, Attenborough Tower

Address: School of Arts, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Web link: www.jonathanptaylor.co.uk

Personal details


I am an author, lecturer, editor and critic. I write creatively and critically. My specialisms include fiction and creative non-fiction, memoir, poetry, writing for voice, music and literature, laughter and literature, and literature of the ‘long’ nineteenth century. I came to the University of Leicester in early 2014, having worked previously at Loughborough University, where I also did my PhD, and De Montfort University.

Jonathan Taylor's Cassandra ComplexCreatively speaking, I am 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 collections Musicolepsy (Shoestring Press, 2013) and, most recently, Cassandra Complex (Shoestring, 2018). I am editor of Overheard: Stories to Read Aloud (Salt, 2012), and an anthology of ‘drinking stories,’ forthcoming from Valley Press, late 2018.

Academically speaking, I am 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, I co-edited the anthology of essays Figures of Heresy: Radical Theology in English and American Writing, 1800-2000 (Sussex Academic Press, 2005). I am currently completing a new monograph, Laughter, Literature and Violence, 1840-1930.

My 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, The Morning Star, NASA-Chandra X-Ray Observatory, Stand, London, The Rialto, Envoi, Poetry Scotland, and many others.

I am editor of Stretto Fictions, a series of novels and short story collections for Roman Books, and Everybody’s Reviewing. I also run the Creative Writing at Leicester University blog. I co-direct Shindig!, the open-mic poetry evening in Leicester.


  • BA, English and American Literature, University of Warwick
  • MA, English, University of Warwick
  • PhD, English, Loughborough University
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority


  • Melissa and Entertaining Strangers were shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award (2013 and 2016) and longlisted for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize; Melissa was also longlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize;
  • 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.


Major publications include:


  • Cassandra Complex [poetry collection], Shoestring, June 2018, forthcoming
  • Melissa [novel], Salt, October 2015, ISBN 978-1784630355

Jonathan Taylor - Melissa

Edited books


My research specialisms include:

  • Contemporary literary memoir
  • Fiction and creative non-fiction
  • Poetry
  • Writing for voice
  • Music and literature
  • Laughter and literature

I am currently working on an academic monograph entitled Laughter, Literature and Violence, 1840-1930.

Major research projects have included running Crystal Clear Creators (2003-2016), an arts organisation and small publisher which was dedicated to developing, recording, publishing, broadcasting and promoting new writing. Crystal Clear Creators was funded by Arts Council England, Awards for All, National Lottery, Children in Need, AOL, Ernest Cook Trust and others.

I am editor of Stretto Fictions, a series of novels and short story collections for Roman Books, and Everybody’s Reviewing, which is funded by Everybody’s Reading Festival (SDSA) in Leicester.


I am director of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. I teach and lecture on all of the first-year and second-year undergraduate Creative Writing modules, and all of the postgraduate modules on the MA; I also run optional modules in the subject. Creative Writing modules I teach and lecture on include:

  • EN1025 and EN1035 Introduction to Writing Creatively
  • EN2070 Using Stories and EN2080 Advanced Creative Writing Skills
  • EN3119 Writing Voices
  • EN3195 Writing on the Threshold
  • EN3204 Writing for Laughs
  • EN7040 Research Methods in Creative Writing, EN7041 Styles: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop 1, EN7042 Applications: Publishing, Teaching and Other Stories, EN7043 Substances: Advanced Creative Writing Workshop 2, EN7044 Dissertation in Creative Writing

I also teach on the MA in Victorian Studies and MA in Modern Literature and lecture on EN3020 Romantics and Victorians.


I can supervise PhD students in all of the research areas listed above. I have supervised PhD students in short and longer fiction; memoir; poetry; critical-creative writing and so on.


My 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. I regularly write for magazines and newspapers in the UK, US, Cyprus and elsewhere.

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