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Francis Spufford

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PositionSenior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Email f.spufford (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 2954
Francis Spufford

BA in English Literature, University of Cambridge, 1985; chief publisher’s reader, Chatto & Windus Ltd, 1987-90; full-time writer, 1990-2004; writer in residence, University College London, 2004-5; Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) 2005-07; at Goldsmiths since 2007.

Academic qualifications

  • BA in English Literature, University of Cambridge, 1985

Teaching

Francis Spufford leads one of the general workshops on the Creative Writing MA course, and also supervises for the Creative Writing PhD.

Research Interests

Children's literature; science fiction and fantasy; economics as a form of storytelling; Russian literature; theology and literature; boundaries between fiction and non-fiction.

Publications

Book

Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense
Spufford, Francis. 2013. Unapologetic: Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense. London, UK: Faber and Faber. ISBN 9780571225224

Red Plenty
Spufford, Francis. 2012. Red Plenty. Minneapolis, MN: Graywolf Press. ISBN 9781555976040

The Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin
Spufford, Francis. 2003. The Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin. Faber. ISBN 9780571214969

The Child That Books Built
Spufford, Francis. 2002. The Child That Books Built. Faber. ISBN 9780571214679

I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination
Spufford, Francis. 1996. I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination. Faber & Faber. ISBN 978-0571144877

The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings: Lists in Literature
Spufford, Francis. 1989. The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings: Lists in Literature. Chatto & Windus. ISBN 978-0701134877

Edited Book

The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic
Spufford, Francis and Kolbert, Elizabeth, eds. 2007. The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the Finest Writing on the Arctic and the Antarctic. Granta Books. ISBN 978-1862079779

Cultural Babbage: Technology, Time and Invention
Spufford, Francis and Uglow, Jenny, eds. 1997. Cultural Babbage: Technology, Time and Invention. Faber & Faber. ISBN 978-0571172436