Department of English and Comparative Literature

Francis Spufford

Position held:
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

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Room 312,
Warmington Tower,
New Cross,
London SE14 6NW

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.


I lead one of the general workshops on the Creative Writing MA course, and also supervise for the Creative Writing PhD.

Professional activities

Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature; Trustee of the Science Fiction Foundation; Judge, 2007 and 2009 Arthur C Clarke Awards; Chair of Judges, Goldsmiths Prize 2014.

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.

Selected publications

  • Unapologetic (Faber, 2012)
  • Red Plenty (Faber, 2010)
  • The Ends of the Earth (ed., with Elizabeth Kolbert; Granta, 2007)
  • Backroom Boys (Faber, 2003)
  • The Child That Books Built (Faber, 2002)
  • Cultural Babbage: Technology, Time and Invention (ed., with Jenny Uglow; Faber, 1996)
  • I May Be Some Time: Ice and the English Imagination  (Faber, 1996)
  • The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings: Lists in Literature (ed.; Chatto & Windus, 1990)

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