Professor Francis Spufford

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Position Professor of Creative Writing
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Professor 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


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.



Spufford, Francis . 2017. True Stories and Other Essays. London/New Haven CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300230055

Spufford, Francis . 2016. Golden Hill. London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 9780571225194

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edited Book

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

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

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