Creative Writing

This Creative Writing research group work share a commitment to re-thinking the nature and significance of practice-led research.

This active and developing research group carries out practice-led research leading to both commercial and scholarly publication.

The group’s research interests are wide-ranging and involve writing across genres including the novel, memoir, short fiction and flash fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, song lyric, and the verse novel.

An additional area of exploration lies in creative writing pedagogy and the networking of writers within the region. The group shares a commitment to rethinking the nature and significance of practice-led research and research-led teaching, including the relationship between creative writing practice and research. Our research is enhanced by a strategic partnership with the regional writing agency New Writing North, giving the group strong links to the writing industries

Members of the group regularly give lectures, seminars and readings both nationally and internationally, take up residencies, engage in literary tourism, and participate in public art projects. We believe passionately in the role of creative writing in the broader community. Our research has been disseminated through workshops and guided walks, talks, readings and documentary film.

Staff and postgraduate students work with various other organisations and events, including participating in readings at the Newcastle Literary & Philosophical Society and the Hexham Book Festival. Creative Writing hosts readings by prestigious visiting writers, is involved with the Institute of Humanities research seminar series, and mounts its own staff and postgraduate reading and workshop group. Our students edit and publish their own magazine, The Edge.

The group supervises a strong PhD programme, with many students already established authors in their fields and others achieving publication during the course of their research.