Maura is a Professor of Creative Writing and has directed the MA in Creative and Life Writing since its inception. Her working life has focussed on encouraging new writing through a variety of channels. Maura was Centre Director for the Arvon Foundation, established and directed the literature programme for the South Bank Centre and worked in script development for the Jim Henson Organisation before joining Goldsmiths. Maura has received an Eric Gregory Award and a Cholmondeley Award for her poetry and twice been shortlisted for the T S Eliot and Forward prizes. She has appeared at Literature Festivals in this country and internationally, on BBC Radio and judged literary awards which include the Forward, TS Eliot, Foyle, Laurel and Piggott poetry prizes, the Society of Authors Travelling Scholarship and the David Cohen Award.
- BA, English and Related Literature, York
- PGCE, Bristol
Teaching and Supervision
I direct the MA in Creative and Life Writing and convene the module Critical Contexts. I teach tutorials on the MA and supervise PhD research.
The short story
Irish writing and writing from the Irish diaspora.
I have supervised to successful completion PhD research in a variety of forms: poetry, memoir, the short story, YA fiction and the novel. Currently I supervise PhD students working in poetry, YA and memoir.
Publications and research outputs
Further profile content
Life Under Water
collection of poetry
collection of poetry
Negative of a Group Photograph
Collection of poetry, with Elhum Shakerifar, translations from the work of Iranian poet Azita Ghahreman,
A Quire of Paper
A collection of poems written at and for Jane Austen's House Museum
Grants and awards
Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Fellowships are presented by the Royal Society of Literature to acknowledge practitioners who have contributed to the development of their art form.
Eric Gregory Award
Awarded to poets under the age of 30
The Cholmondeley Award
Awarded to recognise the 'achievement and distinction of individual poets'.