MSt in Creative Writing Tutor Profiles
Course Director: Clare Morgan, MA, MPhil, DPhil, FRSA
Clare Morgan is a fiction writer and literary critic. Her novel, A Book for All and None was published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in 2011. She has published a collection of stories, An Affair of the Heart, and her short fiction has been widely anthologised, appearing in the British Council’s New Writing series, The New Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories, and the Library of Wales anthology Story (2014), as well as being commissioned by BBC Radio 4. She is former Chair of the Literature Bursaries panel of the Arts Council of Wales, and Literary Mentor for the Arts Councils of England and Wales. She has run workshops and given presentations throughout the USA, continental Europe and in Japan on her research interest, poetry and business, and her book on the subject, What Poetry Brings to Business, is published by University of Michigan Press. Other scholarly publications include an essay on Margiad Evans for University of Wales Press centenary collection, essays on Romance and the Post-Modern Novel, on Friedrich Nietzsche, and on Virginia Woolf and the neo-romantic imagination. Dr Morgan reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and is a Fellow of Kellogg College and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Senior Course Tutor: Amal Chatterjee, MA, MLitt
Amal Chatterjee was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Kolkata/Calcutta, India. The author of a novel, Across the Lakes, and a historical study, Representations of India, 1740 - 1840, and editor and contributor to Writers on Writing, he received a Scottish Arts Council Writers Bursary, was short-listed for the Crossword India Best Novel Award and for a Creative Scotland Award. Now based in Amsterdam, he has reviewed for the Dutch newspaper, Trouw, advises the literary festival of the Hague, and is fiction editor for journals in Scotland and other countries. Amal is currently working on short stories and completing a novel.
Senior Course Tutor: Jane Draycott, MA
Jane Draycott is a ‘Next Generation’ poet (Poetry Book Society 2004), and has a particular interest in combined arts and collaborative work. Nominated three times for the Forward Prize for Poetry, her latest collection Over was shortlisted for the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize. Previous collections include The Night Tree, Prince Rupert’s Drop and, from Two Rivers Press, Tideway and Christina the Astonishing (with Peter Hay and Lesley Saunders). Her audio work with Elizabeth James has won several awards and in 2002 she was winner of the Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry. Her translation of the medieval dream-vision Pearl (2011) was a Stephen Spender Prize-winner. In 2014 she was awarded the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine. Her new collection The Occupant is due from Carcanet Press in 2016.
Rebecca Abrams is the author of five works of fiction and non-fiction. Her most recent novel, Touching Distance (Picador, 2009), was highly praised by Hilary Mantel, shortlisted for 2009 McKitterick Prize for Literature, and winner of the MJA Open Book Award for Fiction. A former Honorary Teaching Fellow on the Warwick Writing Programme, she was a First Story Writer-in-Residence from 2010-12 and the Gladstone’s Library Writer-in-Residence from 2013-14. An award-winning journalist in print and radio, she is the recipient of an Amnesty International Press Award and is a regular literary critic for the Financial Times.
Sarah Bakewell, FRSL
Sarah Bakewell, is a non-fiction writer whose recent works include At the Existentialist Cafe (2016) and How to Live: A Life of Montaigne (2010), which won the Duff Cooper Prize and the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, as well as being shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award. Her works have been translated into 12 languages. She also writes occasionally for the Guardian, the Financial Times, the New York Times Book Review, and other publications.
Anna Beer, MA, PhD, FRSA
Anna Beer is a biographer and literary critic. She was University Lecturer in Literature at the Department for Continuing Education, Oxford, between 2003 and 2010, and remains a Fellow of Kellogg College and of the Royal Society of Arts. Her biography of John Milton (Milton: Poet, Pamphleteer and Patriot) was published in 2008 by Bloomsbury in the UK and the US, following the success of her earlier life of the wife of Sir Walter Ralegh (Bess, published by Constable, UK and Random House, US in 2004). Her latest book is Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music (Oneworld Publications, 2016).
Caroline Bird has had four collections of poetry published by Carcanet. Her first collection Looking Through Letterboxes was published in 2002 when she was only 15. Her second collection, Trouble Came to the Turnip, was published in September 2006 to critical acclaim. Watering Can (2009) achieved a ‘Poetry Book Society Recommendation’ and her fourth collection, The Hat-Stand Union (2013), was described by Simon Armitage as ‘spring-loaded, funny, sad and deadly.’ She won a major Eric Gregory Award in 2002 and was short-listed for the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2001. She was short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize in 2008 and 2010, and was the youngest writer on the list both times. She was one of the five official poets at London Olympics 2012. Her poem, The Fun Palace, which celebrates the life and work of Joan Littlewood, is now erected on the Olympic Site outside the main stadium. She is also a playwright: her new version of The Trojan Women premiered at the Gate Theatre at the end of 2012 to wide critical acclaim. Her original play, Chamber Piece, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize 2014, and toured as part of Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre season. In 2013, Caroline was short-listed for Most Promising New Playwright at the Off-West-End Awards. She wrote a radical new adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for Northern Stage in 2015, and is now writing the book and lyrics for Dennis the Menace the Musical for The Old Vic. She is currently working on her fifth collection of poetry.
Wendy Brandmark, MA
Wendy Brandmark is a novelist and short story writer. Her collection of short stories, He Runs the Moon: Tales from the Cities, was published by Holland Park Press in 2016. Her last novel, The Stray American (Holland Park Press, 2014), was longlisted for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize. Her novel, The Angry Gods, was published by Dewi Lewis in the UK and the US, and her short stories have appeared widely in anthologies and journals, including North American Review, Riptide Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, Stand Magazine and The Warwick Review. She has been a recipient of an Arts Council grant towards the writing of short stories. She has had writing residencies at the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts, and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. She has reviewed fiction for a range of magazines and newspapers, including The Times Literary Supplement, The Literary Review and The Independent. She is former director of the creative writing programme at Birkbeck College’s Faculty of Continuing Education. She now teaches fiction writing at the City Lit. She is currently working on both short stories and a new novel.
Ben Brown, MA
Ben Brown is a playwright who read Law at Worcester College and has taught at Brasenose and Balliol. His last play, Three Days in May (national tour and West End), won the Time Out/Whatsonstage Best New Play Award in 2012. His other plays include All Things Considered (Hampstead Theatre and productions in Paris, Heidelberg and Sydney), Larkin With Women (TMA Best New Play) and The Promise (Orange Tree Theatre). He also works as a screen consultant for Curtis Brown and Cuba Pictures (the production arm of Curtis Brown). All Things Considered was revived in 2015 by Esk Valley Theatre with the support of Arts Council England and was revived in Australia by the Torquay Theatre Troupe in May 2016.
Patrick Collins is an award-winning writer of thirty stage plays. He is founder and artistic director of the Broken Lace Theatre Company, which workshops new stage scripts in conjunction with their author as well as mounting productions of both contemporary and classic plays in small-scale venues.
Nicoletta Demetriou, PhD
Nicoletta Demetriou is research fellow in Ethnomusicology and Life Writing at Wolfson College, Oxford. She has a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and an MA in Life Writing from the University of East Anglia. She has written on Cypriot traditional music, its history and historiography, and is co-editor, with Jim Samson, of Music in Cyprus (Ashgate 2015). Her life-writing pieces have appeared in the UEA Creative Writing Anthology, The Guardian Weekly, and Chroniko (in Greek). Her current project, The Cypriot Fiddler, tells the life stories of professional traditional musicians on both sides of the Cypriot divide. The project was chosen by the British Academy as a case study in 2015, and was featured on the British Academy’s blog. The Cypriot Fiddler documentary (2016), was entirely funded by members of the public through a crowd-sourcing campaign. Aside from writing, Nicoletta is also an active performer of Cypriot folksong.
Frank Egerton, MA
Frank Egerton studied English at Keble College, Oxford, and from 1995 to 2008 reviewed fiction for publications that included The Times, TLS and Financial Times. He is interested in both the close examination of fiction and how technologies such as ebooks and print-on-demand are changing the publishing industry and offering fresh opportunities to writers. He is a member of the Society of Authors and AWP, and is a former editor of the Oxford Writer. He was chair of Writers in Oxford from 2008 to 2010. His first novel The Lock was published in paperback in 2003, the ebook version having been an Independent e-Book Awards finalist in Santa Barbara in 2002. His second novel Invisible was published in 2010. He recently founded the micro-publishing imprint StreetBooks, and in 2013 had success with the novel A Conscious Englishman by Margaret Keeping, which was widely reviewed. As well as teaching creative writing, he is a librarian and subject consultant with Bodleian Libraries.
Jonathan Evans has written more than a hundred commissioned scripts, from short stop-motion animation up to feature films, including many episodes of continuing dramas. His writing for children includes the BAFTA and RTS-winning Tracy Beaker Returns. His comedy feature film script, Act Your Age, was developed with the UK Film Council after winning their national ‘25 Words’ competition. He has written an animation feature script for Neomis Animation, Paris, as well as many shorter animation episodes for Caligari Films, Munich. Jonathan has worked as a television story-liner for Freemantle, Grundy and Hewson International and has assessed feature film scripts for Buena Vista.
Roopa Farooki is the author of six critically acclaimed novels (The Good Children, The Flying Man, Half Life, The Way Things Look to Me, Corner Shop, and Bitter Sweets). She has been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and the Muslim Writers’ Awards, and has also been longlisted for the Orange Prize (twice), the DSC South Asian Literature Prize and the Impac Dublin Literary Award. Her books have been published internationally in thirteen countries across Europe, and in the US, and she has written for the Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail. In 2013 she was awarded the John C Laurence Prize from the Authors’ Foundation for writing which improves understanding between races, and an Arts Council Literature award. She has been the Royal Literary Fund Fellow for the University of Kent, and is studying medicine at St George’s University of London. Her sixth novel, The Good Children, was called “the outstanding novel of the year” by John Harding of the Daily Mail, in their 2014 Books of the Year feature.
James Hawes MA, PhD
James Hawes studied German at Hertford College, Oxford, before taking a postgraduate certificate in Practical Theatre and a PhD on Kafka and Nietzsche. He was a full time university lecturer for seven years until his first novel, A White Merc with Fins, was published in 1996. He has had two feature films released (starring Joseph Fiennes and Michael Sheen respectively) and was co-producer on both. His sixth novel with Jonathan Cape, My Little Armalite was published in 2008, as was his controversial biography Excavating Kafka, which became the basis of a BBC TV documentary. In February 2014 Simon & Schuster published his latest book Englanders and Huns, a richly-illustrated re-telling of the cultural lead-up to WWI, which was short-listed for the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year 2015. He is Director of Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University.
Eileen Horne, MA
Eileen Horne is a writer and editor with long experience in radio and television; MacLehose Press published her first narrative non-fiction book, Zola and the Victorians, in November 2015. She has also written TV and radio scripts, including her ‘detective memoir’ The Lost Sister, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last year. She has co-written a ‘how-to book’ about selling creative material (The Pitch, Faber 2006) and has taught story-editing, pitching and adaptation in the media and academic sector both in the UK and in Europe over the last twenty years. Prior to her focus on writing, she was a successful independent film and TV producer, founding independent production company Monogram Productions Ltd in 1997.
Belinda Jack, DPhil
Belinda Jack is Fellow and Tutor at Christ Church, University of Oxford. Her highly successful publications include The Woman Reader, George Sand: A Woman’s Life Writ Large and Negritude and Literary Criticism: The History and Theory of “Negro-African” Literature in French. The Woman Reader was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic 2012 title. As well as her five books, Professor Jack is widely published through her many articles, essays, chapters and reviews. Her recent articles and reviews have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Literary Review, Times Literary Supplement, Times Higher Education Supplement, BBC History Magazine and Littérature. She is a regular on the BBC and international radio and television, as well as a frequent speaker at literary festivals throughout the British Isles and beyond. In 2013 Professor Jack was appointed the Gresham Professor of Rhetoric.
Alice Jolly, MA
Alice Jolly graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Modern History in 1989. She has published two novels (What the Eye Doesn’t See and If Only You Knew) with Simon and Schuster. Her plays include Love Match and Before The Fire Burns Out both of which were funded by The Arts Council and performed at the Cheltenham Everyman and the Cheltenham Festival of Literature. Her monologue A Blue Bonnet for Samuel has been performed at the Tristan Bates Theatre and at The Space, both in London. She published a memoir, Dead Babies And Seaside Towns with Unbound in July 2014 and her new novel, Between The Regions of Kindness will also be published by Unbound in 2017. Alice won the 2014 V. S. Pritchett Memorial Prize awarded by The Royal Society of Literature.
Emma Jones, PhD
Emma Jones is from Sydney, and studied at the universities of Sydney and Cambridge. Her first book, The Striped World, was published by Faber & Faber in 2009, and won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Best Collection, and the Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, among others. She has held writing fellowships in Cambridge, the Lake District, Rome and Riga, and is at work on a second book.
Ms Marti Leimbach
Marti Leimbach is the author of several novels including Age Of Consent, published in July 2016 by Penguin Random House (USA) and Fourth Estate (UK). Her international bestseller, Dying Young, was translated into over fifteen languages and made into a major motion picture starring Julia Roberts. Her novel, Daniel Isn’t Talking, was also widely translated and a Waterstones summer read bestseller. Other novels include The Man From Saigon, Love and Houses, Sun Dial Street and Falling Backwards. Born in Washington DC, Marti graduated from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and was a Regent’s Fellow in the Creative Writing Program at the University of California, Irvine. Marti was shortlisted in the category of Innovation in Teaching in the Department for Continuing Education as part of the Oxford University Student Union Teaching Awards, and has a popular blog, The Writer’s Economy, at www.martileimbach.com.
Jenny Lewis, MA, MPhil
Jenny Lewis is a poet, playwright, children’s author and songwriter who works extensively on multi-media and cross-disciplinary projects. Her first book of poetry, When I Became an Amazon (Iron Press, 1996) was translated into Russian, dramatized and broadcast on BBC Woman’s Hour and the BBC World Service. She has had seven plays and poetry cycles performed at major UK theatres including the Royal Festival Hall, the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and the Polka Theatre, London. Her verse play After Gilgamesh (Mulfran Press, 2011) for Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, was included in an exhibition of innovative new writing at the London Poetry Library, 2012. She has published two further collections, Fathom (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet 2007) and Taking Mesopotamia (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet, 2014) and two chapbooks in English and Arabic, published by Mulfran Press, with the Iraqi poet Adnan al-Sayegh – Now as Then: Mesopotamia-Iraq (2013) and Singing for Inanna (2014). In 2012, Jenny was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship to start work on a modern retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh for a PhD at Goldsmiths College, London University. In May 2016, Jenny won the Inaugural Annual Warden’s Prize for Public Engagement in Doctoral Research at Goldsmiths for Writing Mesopotamia, her collaboration with Adnan al-Sayegh. In August 2016, Jenny’s specially commissioned poem, The Tale of the Weaver’s Wife, will be performed with music as part of the New Shakespeare Liturgy at Stratford and at St Martin’s in the Fields Church, Covent Garden.
Harry Man, MA
Harry Man is a poet, editor and translator. His first book of poetry, Lift (Tall Lighthouse, 2013), won the Bridges of Struga Award. His work has appeared in Magma, Poems in the Waiting Room, and New Welsh Review, among other places, and he is a Hawthornden Fellow. He has collaborated with contemporary dance choreographers, scientists and visual artists, and was an artist-in-residence at Hurst Castle. He is Associate Lecturer in English at Oxford Brookes University.
Helen Marshall is an award-winning author, editor, and bibliophile. Her poetry and fiction have been published in The Chiaroscuro, Abyss & Apex, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Tor.com and has been reprinted in several Year’s Best anthologies. Her debut collection of short stories Hair Side, Flesh Side (ChiZine Publications, 2012) was named one of the top ten books of 2012 by January Magazine and won the British Fantasy Sydney J. Bounds Award. Her second collection Gifts for the One Who Comes After (ChiZine Publications, 2014) won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award and has been short-listed for the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award and the Aurora Award.
Jamie McKendrick was born in Liverpool in 1955, lives in Oxford and has published six books of poetry including The Marble Fly (1997), which won the Forward Prize, and most recently Out There (2012) which won the Hawthornden Prize. A selected poems, Sky Nails, was published by Faber in 2001 and a new Selected Poems was published in 2016. He edited The Faber Book of 20th-Century Italian Poems in 2004, and his translations of Giorgio Bassani’s The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles, The Smell of Hay and Within the Walls are published by Penguin Modern Classics. His translation of Valerio Magrelli’s poems, The Embrace, won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize and the John Florio Prize. He has also translated Pier Paolo Pasolini’s verse play Fabrication, and most recently Archipelago, the poems of Antonella Anedda.
Jamie Nuttgens, MA
Jamie Nuttgens is a writer, producer, director and occasional editor with over 25 years experience in film and TV. He started in the theatre as Assistant Director at Sheffield Crucible, Soho Poly Theatre and Croydon Warehouse among others, before creating his own Arts Council funded Touring Theatre Company. He also worked in commercial radio as an award-winning Writer/Producer. On leaving film school he joined the BBC Drama department, working on shows like Casualty and Jimmy McGovern’s The Lakes. He produced The Bill for ITV for several years and for Channel 4 he co-produced Red Riding, three films based on the novels of David Peace. He won the 2008 Best UK Feature Award for his work with UK Indian writer/director Smita Bhide. He is currently developing a raft of projects across several platforms, and is also currently Programme Leader for MA Screenwriting at the Met Film School, Ealing Studios.
Tina Pepler, PhD
Tina Pepler is a dramatist who works in radio and television. She has written extensively for BBC radio – original plays, dramatisations, and drama-documentaries – which have been broadcast on Radio 4, Radio 3 and the World Service. Her television work includes Say Hello to the Real Dr Snide, an original play for Channel 4; a two-hour historical drama-documentary, Princes in the Tower (Channel 4); and several episodes of the Victorian/Edwardian investigative drama-documentary series A Most Mysterious Murder (BBC1), which she co-wrote with Julian Fellowes. She also co-authored with him an episode of his television series Downton Abbey (ITV). Her episode of ITV’s new drama series Home Fires was transmitted in May 2015. Recent radio work includes the drama-documentaries Forgiving, Crisis and Syria: Bread and Bombs (BBC Radio 4). Work in development includes a TV drama series about FGM and the radicalisation of young people. She is a Consultant Fellow of the Royal Literary Fund.
Mr John Retallack
The author of twelve plays, his work has been translated into several languages and performed all around the UK as well as in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Holland and France. He has toured and directed productions in many countries including India, Japan and America as well as throughout Europe. His work has been awarded several prizes, including two Herald Angels, two Olivier awards and a Fringe First. From 1977 – 85 he was the founding director of the still flourishing Actors Touring Company (ATC). He was Artistic Director of Oxford Stage Company (at the Oxford Playhouse) from 1989 – 1999. From 2001–11, he was the founding director of the London-based Company of Angels which continues to produce new and experimental work for young audiences. Since 2010, John has been an Associate Artist at Bristol Old Vic. Five of his plays for Company of Angels are published by Oberon Books and two by Methuen.
George Szirtes, FRSL
George Szirtes is a poet and translator. His fifteen books of poetry include The Slant Door, (Secker 1979) which was awarded the Faber Prize, Selected Poems (OUP, 1996), Reel (Bloodaxe, 2004) which was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize, New and Collected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2008), The Burning of the Books and Other Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009) and Bad Machine (2013) both the last also shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. His latest book is Mapping the Delta (2016). A study of his work, Reading George Szirtes, by John Sears was published by Bloodaxe in 2008. He has edited many poetry anthologies, including New Order: Hungarian Poets of the post-1989 Generation (2010). His translation work includes books by poets such as Ágnes Nemes Nagy, Ottó Orbán and Zsuzsa Rakovszky and several novels by Márai, Krúdy, Krasznahorkai and others for which he has received various prizes, most recently the Best Translated Book Award in the USA in 2013. His study of poetry and politics, Fortinbras at the Fishhouses, was published in 2010. His children’s book, In the Land of Giants (2012) won the CLPE Prize for best book of poetry for children. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Sam Thompson, DPhil
Sam Thompson is a fiction writer and tutor. His novel, Communion Town (Fourth Estate, 2012), was longlisted for the Man Booker prize. He has written for publications including Guernica, the London Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and The Guardian, and for a radio series, Dreaming the City, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2013.
Both Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch’s Picador collections, Not in These Shoes (2008) and Banjo (2012) were shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year. In 2014 her pamphlet Lime & Winter was published by Rack Press and was a finalist for the Michael Marks Award. In 2015 Samantha won a Creative Wales Award to write the performance piece Tango in Stanzas.