Staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing

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Dr Ros Barber

Senior Lecturer in Creative and Life Writing
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As a writer and researcher, Ros works in the fields of Early Modern literary biography and Shakespeare studies.

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Dr Rick Crownshaw

Rick works extensively in the field of memory and trauma studies, American literature (particularly of the twentieth and twenty-first century), and the Environmental Humanities (culture and climate change, the Anthropocene and oil).

Dr Isobel Hurst

Lecturer in English
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Isobel’s research explores the reception of Greece and Rome in the 19th century and in contemporary women’s writing.

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Dr Padraig Kirwan

Senior Lecturer in the Literature of the Americas
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Padraig’s primary interest is contemporary Indigenous literatures and literature from the North American continent

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Dr Julia Ng

Reader in Critical Theory and Co-Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought (

Julia specialises in the links between modern mathematics, political thought, and theories of history and language.

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Dr Pia Pichler

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics
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Pia's research explores discourse and intersectional gender identity in talk; language & social class, ethnicity, race

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Richard Scott

Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Richard Scott teaches on the MA in Creative and Life Writing. He is also the author of Soho (Faber & Faber, 2018).

Dr B J Sokol

Emeritus Professor of English
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B J is interested in the works of Shakespeare and other Renaissance writers, and twentieth-century American literature.

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Ardashir Vakil

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
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Novelist and short story writer including two award-winning books – Beach Boy (Penguin, 1998) One Day (Penguin, 2003).

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Dr Benjamin Woolley

Benjamin Woolley is a lecturer for the Foundation Year, Integrated Degree, English Literature. As a writer, his interests include early-modern biography and the uses of history in fiction.