Current research students

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Featuring photos and biographies of our current research students.

Justin Hill

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Justin's first novel Shieldwall was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. 

Justin Hill is the author of three novels, two non-fiction books and numerous stories, essays and poems.

His first novel, The Drink and Dream Teahouse, won the 2003 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the 2002 Betty Trask Award, was picked by the Washington Post as one of the Top Novels of 2001.

His second novel, Passing Under Heaven, won the 2005 Somerset Maugham Award and was shortlisted for the Encore Award.

He is currently working on a series of novels covering the events around the Battle of Hastings, in 1066. The first, Shieldwall (2011) was a Sunday Times Book of the Year. He is working on the second as part of his work at Goldsmiths.

Joanna Quinn

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One of four writers shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Short Stories.

Joanna Quinn is a part-time PhD student writing a novel based in her home county of Dorset. The novel focuses on a trio of elderly women, tracing their lives through the 20th Century.

Her critical project is provisionally entitled Fictional Landscapes and the English Imagination.

Inspired by the novel, it will look at English landscapes in fiction, focusing particularly on how writers represent Dorset. Joanna is a published short story writer and has previously completed an MPhil in Creative Writing at the University of Glamorgan. In 2011, she was one of four writers shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Short Stories.

Sophie Hardach

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Author of two critically acclaimed novels, one of which was chosen as one of the Waterstones 11 best debuts of 2011.

Sophie Hardach is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, The Registrar’s Manual for Detecting Forced Marriages, about Kurdish refugees, and Of Love and Other Wars, about pacifists during World War Two.

The former was chosen as one of the Waterstones 11 best debuts of 2011.

Also a journalist, she worked as a correspondent for Reuters news agency in Tokyo, Paris and Milan and has written for a number of publications including the Atlantic, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph. She is currently writing a novel about art forgers, German expressionism and Nazi-looted art.

Yoanna Pak

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Currently researching representations of Koreans in conflict in first generation, second generation and western literature. 

Yoanna Pak completed her MA in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths in 2014.

As a Canadian-born Korean writer, she has a deep interest in inter-generational and cultural co-operation.

She is currently researching representations of Koreans in conflict in first generation, second generation and western literature. Her PhD is the continuation of her first novel which focuses on a Korean Vietnam War veteran and his Canadian born children.