Professor Maura Dooley

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Position Professor of Creative Writing
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Professor Maura Dooley

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.

Academic qualifications

  • 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.

Research interests

Contemporary poetry
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


Ghahreman, Azita; Dooley, Maura and Shakerifar, Elhum. 2018. Negative of a Group Photograph [Translation]. Hexham: Bloodaxe Books. ISBN 9781780374369

Dooley, Maura. 2016. The Silvering. Hexham: Bloodaxe Books. ISBN 9781780370941

Dooley, Maura. 2015. A Quire of Paper. Sheffield: Smith Doorstop Press. ISBN 9781910367414

Dooley, Maura. 2008. Life Under Water. Northumberland, UK: Bloodaxe Books. ISBN 9781852248178

Dooley, Maura. 2006. From Malachite and Verdigris. Granta. ISBN 1862078505

Dooley, Maura. 2002. Sound Barrier. Bloodaxe. ISBN 1852245786

Dooley, Maura. 1996. Kissing a Bone. Bloodaxe. ISBN 978-1852243739

Dooley, Maura. 1991. Explaining Magnetism. Bloodaxe Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1852241377

Dooley, Maura. 1988. Turbulence. Giant Steps. ISBN 978-0948727054

Dooley, Maura. 1986. Ivy Leaves and Arrows. Bloodaxe Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1852240028

Edited Book

Dooley, Maura, ed. 2003. The Honey Gatherers: an anthology of love poems. Bloodaxe Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1852243593

Dooley, Maura, ed. 2000. How Novelists Work. Seren. ISBN 978-1854111920

Dooley, Maura, ed. 1997. Making for Planet Alice: New Women Poets. Bloodaxe Press. ISBN 978-1852243982

Book Section

Dooley, Maura. 2006. From Malachite and Verdigris. In: L. Greenlaw and H. Habila, eds. NW14: The Anthology of New Writing: v. 14. Granta, pp. 231-235. ISBN 1862078505


Dooley, Maura. 2004. Transit. Poetry, 184, p. 190. ISSN 00322032


Dooley, Maura. 2003. The Source.

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Grants and awards

2006: 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.

1987: Eric Gregory Award
Awarded to poets under the age of 30

2016: The Cholmondeley Award
Awarded to recognise the 'achievement and distinction of individual poets'.

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