Students agree that it makes a difference to be taught by people who care about their subject and enjoy what they do.
You may hear us moan about a lot of things – social media culture, shop signs that misuse apostrophes, the pointlessness of international football friendlies – but the Creative Writing lecturers at the University of Gloucestershire all love writing and all love teaching. We expect our students to be equally enthusiastic.
Dr Angela France is a prize-winning poet and an experienced teacher of creative writing. She is the author of four poetry collections, and her many achievements include winning the Lightship International Poetry Prize.
Beatrice is a novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing. She teaches historical fiction, the short story, autobiography and on the critical side, my research encompasses queer fiction and the endings of novels.
D.D. Johnston is the author of three novels and he is now writing a non-fiction book about European history. He teaches prose fiction and critical writing at MA level and supervises prose PhDs on a range of topics.
Dr Duncan Dicks is a novelist, short story writer, and puzzle-solver. After a long career in mathematics, engineering, and finance he took up writing to relax and couldn’t put it down. He writes short stories and novels on subjects ranging from ancient Greek philosophers to contemporary British crime.
Kayleigh is a lecturer in Creative Writing and lectures in Creative Process. She has published two books with American press Blood Bound Books, and multiple short stories in various journals and anthologies. A chapter of her PhD appeared in the American, British and Canadian Studies special issue on Creative Writing (2013), and she has spoken about creative process and transgressive writing at conferences throughout the UK.
Dr Lania Knight is a novelist, essayist and short story writer, whose novel Three Cubic Feet was a finalist for the 2012 Lambda Literary Award in Debut Fiction. Her stories, essays and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Quiddity, PANK, Fourth Genre, The Rumpus, Jabberwock Review, Short Fiction, Post Road, and elsewhere.
Martin teaches prose on all three undergraduate levels and his specialisms include the American short story, experimental writing, theories of the novel, historical fiction and transgressive writing. His short fiction is characterised by its elegiac beauty and features powerful reflections on loss, loneliness, alienation, mortality, and the purpose and morality of art.
Miranda writes drama and comedy for stage, TV & radio. She is passionate about introducing students to the professional scriptwriting world, passing on tools for success alongside theoretical understanding. Miranda also writes children’s books.
Nigel teaches the craft of writing poetry, and modules related to his other areas of interest, including cognitive stylistic methods of analysing texts; the creative processes involved in writing; and how language is processed in the brain.
Senja Andrejevic-Bullock is a Serbian/British dramatist and a prose writer, whose short stories have appeared in The Lampeter Review, Brain, Child and The Wrong Quarterly, and who is the author of three plays.