Amy Sackville

Staff details

Amy Sackville


Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing


English and Creative Writing


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Amy Sackville writes novels, short fiction and other short prose.

I am a novelist and prose writer, and I teach on the MA in Creative and Life Writing. My most recent book, Painter to the King (Granta, 2018) focused on the life and work of the painter Diego Velázquez in the court of Philip IV of Spain.

Academic qualifications

  • MA Creative and Life Writing, Goldsmiths 2008
  • MPhil English Studies, Oxford 2004
  • BA English and Theatre Studies, Leeds 2002
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature 2018

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the MA Creative and Life Writing.
I am also available to supervise on the PhD Creative Writing.

Research interests

Broadly speaking, as a reader and a writer, I am fascinated by the interrelation between consciousness(es) and the world, as it is mediated by language; by the structures we are shaped by, and our sense of ourselves and others within them; by the spaces between people and how they are bridged.

My novels are, on the surface, concerned with quite disparate areas of research in terms of subject matter, but I am always thinking about form and formal experiment, the construction of narrative perspective and how it shapes meaning.

Some recurring interests: the history of the novel as a form; modernist fiction; the historical novel and the relationship between history and narrative; ekphrasis and art; intertextuality; writing and place; and the creative process as a field of enquiry and a way of knowing (and not-knowing).

Grants and awards

2013: Somerset Maugham Award
For Orkney

2010: John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
For The Still Point

Publications and research outputs


Sackville, Amy. 2019. Painter to the King. London: Granta. ISBN 9781783783922

Sackville, Amy. 2014. Orkney. London: Granta. ISBN 9781847086655

Sackville, Amy. 2010. The Still Point. London: Granta. ISBN 9781846272301

Book Section

Sackville, Amy. 2021. In Saint-Paul-de-Vence. In: Dawn Lyon, ed. Rhythmanalysis: Place, Mobility, Disruption and Performance. Bingley: Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 139-152. ISBN 9781839099731

Sackville, Amy. 2021. The Stowaway's Tale. In: David Herd and Anna Pincus, eds. Refugee Tales Volume IV. Manchester: Comma Press. ISBN 9781912697489


Sackville, Amy. 2021. What If Procrastination Is an Essential Part of Our Writing Process? Literary Hub,

Sackville, Amy. 2020. I am not reading. I am not writing. This is not normal. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077

Sackville, Amy. 2019. From polar explorers to frozen dystopias: the best books about ice. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077


Hall, Alan. 2021. Riding the Waves.

Sackville, Amy. 2018. Dog in a Hole.


Sackville, Amy. 2022. Manifest.


Sackville, Amy. 2022. The Cheapside Hoard. In: "The Goldsmiths Gallery", New Museum of London, United Kingdom.