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Featuring photos and biographies of our current research students.

Justin Hill

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Justin's first novel Shieldwall was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. 

Justin Hill is the author of three novels, two non-fiction books and numerous stories, essays and poems.

His first novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse, won the 2003 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the 2002 Betty Trask Award, was picked by the Washington Post as one of the Top Novels of 2001.

His second novel, Passing Under Heaven, won the 2005 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Encore Award.

He is currently working on a series of novels covering the events around the Battle of Hastings, in 1066. The first, Shieldwall (2011) was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. He is working on the second as part of his work at Goldsmiths.

Atuki Turner

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Atuki's films and novels focus on her passion for improving women's rights in Uganda. 

Atuki Turner was born in Uganda. She’s a published poet, winner of a short story competition in the Daily Telegraph and currently writing her second novel. Both it and her critical commentary explore the issue of ‘bride price’, about which she has also made a documentary film.

She is a prominent campaigner for women's rights in Uganda and works to assist women with issues from domestic violence to gender inequality. 

Joanna Quinn

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One of four writers shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Short Stories.

Joanna Quinn is a part-time PhD student writing a novel based in her home county of Dorset. The novel focuses on a trio of elderly women, tracing their lives through the 20th Century.

Her critical project is provisionally entitled Fictional Landscapes and the English Imagination.

Inspired by the novel, it will look at English landscapes in fiction, focusing particularly on how writers represent Dorset. Joanna is a published short story writer and has previously completed an MPhil in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. In 2011, she was one of four writers shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Short Stories.

Laura Burns

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Laura Burns is a poet and performer working with written and oral texts.

Laura Burns is a poet and performer working with written and oral texts. Her work draws on traditions of storytelling, sound poetry and spoken text in dance and performance.

She is currently working on a PhD looking at language and poetics in relationship to environmental crisis and perceptions of human and non-human agency. Her work - poetry, non-fiction and reviews - has been published by English PEN, Tears in the Fence, Under the Radar, The Interpreter's House, Bath Literary Festival, Swindon Poetry Festival, Earthlines, Exeunt, SARMA, This is Tomorrow.

Among performances further afield and across the country, she has performed at the Soho Theatre, Rich Mix and Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival. 

Catherine Coldstream

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Currently working on her memoir which reflects on her spiritual journey and the life of her father.

Catherine Coldstream is working on a memoir which combines reflections on her own spiritual journey with recollections of her father, the painter William Coldstream.

In it she explores the ways in which grief and memory can construct identity and influence the narratives that shape our lives.

She studied Theology at Oxford, and gained a Distinction in her MA in Creative Non-Fiction from UEA. She is interested in philosophy, religion, and the arts, and plays viola in a string quartet.

Sophie Hardach

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Author of two critically acclaimed novels, one of which was chosen as one of the Waterstones 11 best debuts of 2011.

Sophie Hardach is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages, about Kurdish refugees, and Of Love and Other Wars, about pacifists during World War Two.

The former was chosen as one of the Waterstones 11 best debuts of 2011.

Also a journalist, she worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in Tokyo, Paris and Milan and has written for a number of publications including the Atlantic, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. She is currently writing a novel about art forgers, German expressionism and Nazi-looted art.

Kate

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Currently working on an oral history of the English Circus.

Kate Norbury trained as a film editor with the BBC and worked for many years with the Liverpool writer Alan Bleasdale before completing the MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. Her first book The Fish Ladder (published by Bloomsbury in 2015) combines travelogue, memoir and nature writing.

Her MPhil/PhD creative project will include an oral history of the English Circus, offering a snapshot of the circus community along with a meditation on ‘place’ in the life of a nomadic community.

The critical companion piece examines the way in which current legislation on privacy affects the working methods, freedom of expression and artistic integrity of life writers.

Yoanna Pak

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Currently researching representations of Koreans in conflict in first generation, second generation and western literature. 

Yoanna Pak completed her MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths in 2014.

As a Canadian-born Korean writer, she has a deep interest in inter-generational and cultural co-operation.

She is currently researching representations of Koreans in conflict in first generation, second generation and western literature. Her PhD is the continuation of her first novel which focuses on a Korean Vietnam War veteran and his Canadian born children.