Dr Francis Gilbert

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer in Education, Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education & course leader for PGCE English
Department Educational Studies
Email f.gilbert (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7364
Dr Francis Gilbert

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) English Literature (Sussex University, 1989)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in English and Drama (Cambridge University, 1991)
  • Masters (MA) in Creative Writing (University of East Anglia, 1992)
  • Diploma in Journalism (London College of Printing, 1998)
  • Post-graduate Certificate in Teaching for Higher Education (PG Cert) (Goldsmiths College, 2012)
  • PhD in Creative Writing and Education (Goldsmiths, June 2015)

Teaching

Francis is the Head of the MA in Creative Writing and Education and course leader for PGCE English. He teaches on both programmes, including:

  • Modules on the MA in Creative Writing and Education, including Research into Creative Writing Practices and Creative Writing Pedagogies & Identities (2017 to present)
  • University-based sessions on the Secondary PGCE, including ones on the teaching of English and Professional Studies (2015 to present)

Professional projects

Francis has organised a number of conferences at Goldsmiths, including ones on Reading for Pleasure and Teaching Creative Writing. He runs a project with the Widening Participation Team which encourages young people in local schools, hospitals and charities to write creatively, leading to their work being published in an anthology at the end of the academic year. He has made numerous and ongoing appearances on television as an educational commentator, including BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Newsnight, Channel 4 Dispatches, Sky News, ITV News, and Channel 4 News. He has also been featured in radio programmes including Radio 4’s Today programme, Woman’s Hour, and Review, among others.

Featured work

How Teaching to the Test Depresses Results, OCR (Oxford and Cambridge exam board) conference, Cambridge, March 2019.

Mindfulness, Creative Writing and Pedagogy, the National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) conference, York, November 2018.

With Rick Pushinsky (photographer), 'Learning to be Innocent: How William Blake Can Change Your Life', GLITS (Goldsmiths Literature Seminar), Goldsmiths, University of London, Nov. 2014

 

Research Interests

Creative and Life Writing; Educational Studies

Publications

Book

Snow on the Danube
Gilbert, Francis. 2019. Snow on the Danube. London: Blue Door Press. ISBN 9781916475403

The Mindful English Teacher: A Toolkit for Learning and Well-Being
Gilbert, Francis. 2018. The Mindful English Teacher: A Toolkit for Learning and Well-Being. London: FGI Publishing. ISBN 978-1974255863

Who Do You Love
Gilbert, Francis. 2017. Who Do You Love. London: Blue Door Press. ISBN 978-1539626183

How to Get A Great English Degree
Gilbert, Francis. 2017. How to Get A Great English Degree. London: FGI Publishing. ISBN 978-1492282181

Article

Mindfulness and Creative Writing
Gilbert, Francis. 2019. Mindfulness and Creative Writing. Writing in Education(77), ISSN 1361-8539

Teaching 1984 in the surveillance culture of schools
Gilbert, Francis and Pitfield, Maggie. 2019. Teaching 1984 in the surveillance culture of schools. English Teaching: Practice and Critique, ISSN 1175-8708

The Teachers' Standards and English Teaching
Gilbert, Francis. 2019. The Teachers' Standards and English Teaching. Teaching English(19), pp. 33-36. ISSN 2051-7971

Riding the Reciprocal Teaching Bus A teacher’s reflections on nurturing collaborative learning in a school culture obsessed by results
Gilbert, Francis. 2018. Riding the Reciprocal Teaching Bus A teacher’s reflections on nurturing collaborative learning in a school culture obsessed by results. Changing English, 25(2), pp. 146-162. ISSN 1469-3585

Aesthetic literacy and autobiography
Gilbert, Francis. 2018. Aesthetic literacy and autobiography. Writing in Practice, 4, ISSN 2058-5535

Mindfulness and English Teaching
Gilbert, Francis. 2018. Mindfulness and English Teaching. Teaching English, 16, pp. 54-56. ISSN 2051-7971

Where did all the male teachers go?
Gilbert, Francis. 2017. Where did all the male teachers go? The Times, ISSN 0140-0460

Dreaming of a Better World
Gilbert, Francis. 2017. Dreaming of a Better World. Teaching English,

The Creative Writing Teacher’s Toolkit
Gilbert, Francis. 2017. The Creative Writing Teacher’s Toolkit. Writing in Education, 2017(73),

The Dark Alleyway
Gilbert, Francis. 2016. The Dark Alleyway. Writing in Education, 70(2016), ISSN 1361-8539

We need to reform the academy system – and stop the power-hungry super-heads
Francis, Gilbert. 2016. We need to reform the academy system – and stop the power-hungry super-heads. The Guardian, ISSN 0261-3077

Aesthetic Learning, Creative Writing and English Teaching
Gilbert, Francis. 2016. Aesthetic Learning, Creative Writing and English Teaching. Changing English, 23(3), pp. 257-268. ISSN 1358-684X

Freedom and the new English GCSEs
Gilbert, Francis. 2016. Freedom and the new English GCSEs. Teaching English,

The Party in the Snow
Gilbert, Francis. 2016. The Party in the Snow. GLITS-E, 2015/6(5),

Corbyn? Blimey, yes!
Gilbert, Francis. 2015. Corbyn? Blimey, yes! Politico EU,

'Sacked': Extract from the novel Who Do You Love?
Gilbert, Francis. 2014. 'Sacked': Extract from the novel Who Do You Love? Glits-e: a Journal of Criticism, 4,

'But sir, I lied – The value of autobiographical discourse in the classroom'
Gilbert, Francis. 2012. 'But sir, I lied – The value of autobiographical discourse in the classroom'. English in Education, 46(2), pp. 198-211. ISSN 0425-0494

Novel extract from Who Do You Love?
Gilbert, Francis. 2012. Novel extract from Who Do You Love? Glits-e: a Journal of Criticism, 2,

Conference or Workshop Item

Reciprocity and reading
Gilbert, Francis. 2017. 'Reciprocity and reading'. In: Reciprocity and reading. Goldsmiths, United Kingdom 14th September 2017.

Audio

Lines of Work: Teacher Francis Gilbert on Rousseau
Gilbert, Francis. 2016. Lines of Work: Teacher Francis Gilbert on Rousseau.

Thesis

Who Do You Love? The Novel of my Life (Creative Writing thesis) and Building Beauty: the Role of Aesthetic Education in my Teaching and Writing Lives (commentary on the Creative Writing thesis)
Gilbert, Francis. 2015. Who Do You Love? The Novel of my Life (Creative Writing thesis) and Building Beauty: the Role of Aesthetic Education in my Teaching and Writing Lives (commentary on the Creative Writing thesis). Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London

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