Meet the people involved with the Goldsmiths Writers' Centre.
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Dr Ros Barber
Dr Ros Barber is a Senior lecture in Creative and Life writing with experience in teaching Poetry, short story, the novel, literary fiction, fictional auto/biography, literary biography, life writing, Shakespeare.
Professor Maura Dooley
Maura Dooley has supervised, or currently supervises, creative writing theses in which the critical component investigates the following: the short story, autobiography/memoir in Irish literature, adaptation as a tool in writing practice, the poetry of Michael Donaghy, 'play' in contemporary poetry and the poetry essay.
Stephen was born in Swansea in 1960, read English at Jesus College, Oxford, then studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School to become a freelance director with a particular interest in new writing. He has worked for thirty years as a creative-writing tutor in schools, colleges, The City Lit, the University of South Wales and Goldsmiths.
Adam Mars-Jones's books include the novels Pilcrow and Cedilla, part of a million-word sequence, and the monograph Noriko Smiling, about a classic Japanese film. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books.
Professor Blake Morrison
Professor Blake Morrison teaches the Life Writing option on the MA in Creative Writing, and supervise students on the MA and PhD creative writing programmes.
Professor Francis Spufford
Professor Francis Spufford has a BA in English Literature, from University of Cambridge, 1985; chief publisher’s reader, Chatto & Windus Ltd, 1987-90; full-time writer, 1990-2004; writer in residence, University College London, 2004-5; Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge) 2005-07; at Goldsmiths since 2007.
Francis Spufford leads one of the general workshops on the Creative Writing MA course, and also supervises for the Creative Writing PhD.
Dr Jack Underwood
Dr Jack Underwood is a poet and critic. A winner of the Eric Gregory Award in 2007, his debut pamphlet was published by Faber as part of the first Faber New Poets series in 2009.
He has taught courses for the Arvon Foundation, Ideas Tap, The Poetry School and the Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network. Jack was awarded a Jerwood Opera Writing Fellowship in 2009 and wrote the libretto for the opera The Commission, (comp. Elspeth Brooke) which was performed at The Royal Opera House, Aldeburgh Music and Opera North in 2014.
Ardu was born in Bombay and lived in India up to 1980. He taught English in London comprehensive schools for twenty years. Previously, he has been Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Middlesex, Roehampton and UEA.
He is a novelist, poet and short-story writer who has published two award-winning novels – Beach Boy (Penguin, 1998) One Day (Penguin, 2003). His stories have been anthologized, read on the radio and published in journals. His most recent short story ‘Laptop’ will feature in the Fall issue (2017) of The Iowa Review.
Dr Erica Wagner
Distinguished Fellow of the Goldsmiths Writers Centre, Erica Wagner was born in New York City and is a widely-acclaimed author and critic. She is the author of Gravity: Stories, Ariel's Gift: Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and the Story of Birthday Letters and Seizure, a novel; she is the editor of First Light: A Celebration of Alan Garner.
Twice a judge of the Man Booker Prize, she was literary editor of The Times for 17 years and is now contributing literary editor for Harper’s Bazaar, a contributing writer for the New Statesman, as well as writing for the Financial Times, the Economist and the New York Times. She was the recipient of the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2014, and Chief Engineer, her biography of Washington Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, is published by Bloomsbury in 2017.
She taught for two terms as a guest tutor on the MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths before joining the staff; she has taught creative writing courses for the past seven years at the Faber Academy.
Dr Benjamin Woolley
Distinguished Fellow of the Writers' Centre, Dr Benjamin Woolley has written biographies and histories on subjects ranging from the colonisation of America to Queen Elizabeth’s astrologer. His most recent book, King’s Assassin, is being adapted as a TV miniseries for Sky/AMC starring Julieanne Moore. His academic work includes ‘What’s History doing in Fiction’, a study of the role of history in fiction and dram