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Professor Blake Morrison

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PositionProfessor of Creative and Life Writing
Email b.morrison (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7514
Professor Blake Morrison

Academic qualifications

  • BA in English Literature Nottingham University
  • MA in English Literature McMaster University
  • PhD on 1950s British Poetry and Fiction, University College, London

Teaching

Professor Blake Morrison teaches the Life Writing option on the MA in Creative Writing, and supervise students on the MA and PhD creative writing programmes.

Areas of supervision

  • Contemporary fiction and poetry
  • Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney
  • Life Writing and memoirs
  • Adaptation

Featured work

Research Interests

Blake is a poet, novelist and journalist, best known for two family memoirs and a study of the Bulger case, As If. He has also translated and adapted plays, written libretti and critical studies, and edited anthologies of contemporary writing.

Publications

Book

A Discoverie of Witches
Morrison, Blake. 2012. A Discoverie of Witches. Sheffield: Litfest & Smith/Doorstop. ISBN 978-0-9540880-8-8

We are Three Sisters
Morrison, Blake. 2011. We are Three Sisters. London: Nick Hern Books. ISBN 9781848422148

As If
Morrison, Blake. 2011. As If. Granta Books. ISBN 978-1862070035

The Last Weekend
Morrison, Blake. 2010. The Last Weekend. London: Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701184841

South of the River
Morrison, Blake. 2007. South of the River. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 9780701180461

And When Did You Last See Your Father
Morrison, Blake. 2007. And When Did You Last See Your Father. Granta Books. ISBN 978-1862079786

Oedipus and Antigone by Sophocles
Morrison, Blake. 2003. Oedipus and Antigone by Sophocles. Northern Broadsides. ISBN 0954642201

Things my mother never told me
Morrison, Blake. 2003. Things my mother never told me. Vintage. ISBN 0099440725

Pendle Witches
Morrison, Blake and Rego, Paula. 2002. Pendle Witches. Enitharmon Press; illustrated edition edition. ISBN 978-1900564458

The Justification of Johann Gutenberg
Morrison, Blake. 2000. The Justification of Johann Gutenberg. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 978-0385259842

Too True
Morrison, Blake. 1999. Too True. Granta Books. ISBN 978-1862072428

Seamus Heaney (Contemporary writers)
Morrison, Blake. 1992. Seamus Heaney (Contemporary writers). Routledge. ISBN 978-0415098786

Dark Glasses
Morrison, Blake. 1989. Dark Glasses. Chatto & Windus; Revised & Expanded Edition edition. ISBN 978-0701128753

The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper
Morrison, Blake. 1987. The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 978-0701132279

The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s
Morrison, Blake. 1986. The Movement: English Poetry and Fiction of the 1950s. Routledge. ISBN 978-0416302509

Edited Book

New Writing 12
Morrison, Blake; Rogers, Jane and Adebayo, Diran, eds. 2003. New Writing 12. Picador.

Mind Readings
Morrison, Blake; Weldon, Fay and Roberts, Michele, eds. 1996. Mind Readings. Minerva.

The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry
Morrison, Blake and Motion, Andrew, eds. 1986. The Penguin Book of Contemporary British Poetry. Penguin Books Ltd. ISBN 978-0140585520

Book Section

Introduction to D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
Morrison, Blake. 2011. Introduction to D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover. In: , ed. Lady Chatterley's Lover. Vintage, vii-xiv.

A Little, Aloud: An anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for
Morrison, Blake. 2010. A Little, Aloud: An anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for. In: Angela Macmillan, ed. A Little, Aloud: An anthology of prose and poetry for reading aloud to someone you care for. Chatto & Windus, pp. 1-5. ISBN 978-0701185633

Foreword to D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers
Morrison, Blake. 2006. Foreword to D. H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers. In: , ed. Sons and Lovers. Penguin Classics, xi-xxvi.

Foreword to James Agee, A Death in the Family (Penguin, 2006)
Morrison, Blake. 2006. Foreword to James Agee, A Death in the Family (Penguin, 2006). In: , ed. A Death in the Family. Penguin, v-xii. ISBN 978-0141187969

Foreword to James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
Morrison, Blake. 2006. Foreword to James Agee, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. In: , ed. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Penguin, vii-xii.

When I last saw him
Morrison, Blake. 2004. When I last saw him. In: I. Jack, ed. Granta. 87 Granta, pp. 279-290. ISBN 090314171X

Foreword to The Gospel According to St John
Morrison, Blake. 1998. Foreword to The Gospel According to St John. In: , ed. The Gospel According to St John. Canongate, vii-xvi.

Foreword to Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange
Morrison, Blake. 1996. Foreword to Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange. In: , ed. A Clockwork Orange. Penguin, vii-xxiv.

Article

'The Reading Cure'
Morrison, Blake. 5 January 2008. 'The Reading Cure'. Guardian Review,

'Black Marks and Blue Pencils'
Morrison, Blake. 2005. 'Black Marks and Blue Pencils'. Guardian Yearbook,

Portraits
Morrison, Blake. 2004. Portraits. catalogue of BP Portrait Award 2004, pp. 8-16.

Song Lyrics
Morrison, Blake. 2001. Song Lyrics. Arete, 5, pp. 107-117.

'The Filial Art: A Reading of Contemporary British Poetry'
Morrison, Blake. 1987. 'The Filial Art: A Reading of Contemporary British Poetry'. The Yearbook of English Studies, 17, pp. 179-217.

Performance

Lisa's Sex Strike
Morrison, Blake. Sept-Nov 2007. Lisa's Sex Strike. In: "Lisa's Sex Strike", Octagon Theatre, Bolton, United Kingdom, Sept-Nov 2007.

Elephant and Castle
Morrison, Blake. June 2007. Elephant and Castle. In: "Elephant and Castle", Aldeburgh Festival, United Kingdom, June 2007.

The Man with Two Gaffers, new version of Goldoni's stage-play Il Servitore di Due Padroni, performed by Northern Broadsides
Morrison, Blake. Aug-Dec 2006. The Man with Two Gaffers, new version of Goldoni's stage-play Il Servitore di Due Padroni, performed by Northern Broadsides. In: "The Man with Two Gaffers", Northern Broadsides, United Kingdom, Aug-Dec 2006.

Dr Ox's Experiment, libretto for opera performed at Coliseum
Morrison, Blake. June 1998. Dr Ox's Experiment, libretto for opera performed at Coliseum. In: "Dr Ox's Experiment", Coliseum, United Kingdom, June 1998.

The Cracked Pot
Morrison, Blake. 1995. The Cracked Pot. In: "The Cracked Pot", West Yorkshire Playhouse.

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