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Postgraduate Research in Creative Writing

Postgraduate research plays a vital role in the research culture of Creative Writing at Northumbria. We have a strong and growing community of PhD students; please click on the PhD students links below for more information on our students and further details on their research. We also offer an MRes Creative Writing, suitable for writers keen to pursue creative writing research but not yet prepared to embark on a PhD.

Current and previous postgraduates on Northumbria's Creative Writing programme have an impressive record of publication and other successes.

If you are interested in commencing postgraduate study, please contact Professor Michael Green, who will advise you which colleague is closest to your own interests.

Current postgraduate students in Creative Writing


Thesis Title

Principal Supervisor


Catherine Ayres

Small Finds: drawing upon archaeological theory and practice to write women and domestic space on Hadrian’s Wall

Dr Tony Williams

Nick Dodds

Reframing the Graphic Memoir: How can the comic artist negotiate modality and fidelity in the depiction of personal and historical narratives?

Dr Tony Williams

Andrew Hankinson

How can non-fiction writing practice make use of a hybrid form to report effectively and uniquely on attitudes to ‘outsiders’ in North East England?

Prof Michael Green
Daniel Hardisty The Contemporary Surreal:  A Creative Writing Dr Tony Williams
Lisa Matthews

Strange Bedfellows: Disciplined Creativity and Poetry from Collaborative Practice

Dr Tony Williams
Susannah Rickards The Conflicted Mirror – Testing Realism within the Psychological Thriller Genre  
Susannah Ronnie

How poetry can re-present the explorer Henry Hudson’s final sea voyage (1610-11)

Dr Tony Williams
David Harrisson Spain On Reflection: Creative Writing as Practice-Led Research Prof Michael Green

Ruth Stacey

A book length collection of poetry and poetic prose that seeks to illuminate the life of Pamela Colman Smith through fictionalised memoir

Dr Tony Williams


Recent PhD graduates

Dr Rowan Wynne Bowman What Role does the Experience of Landscape Play in Affective Writing about the Supernatural?
Dr Tracey Iceton Troubles Women: A creative-critical exploration and re-writing of the portrayal of female characters in twentieth and twenty-first century ‘Troubles’ fiction
Dr Guy Mankowski Author of the post-punk novel How I Left the National Grid (Roundfire, 2015) and Letters from Yelena (Legend Press, 2012)
Dr Ann Matthews  Behind and In Between Places: Today’s Urban Landscape and the Sense of Place
Dr Sarah Stovell The Night Flower: Cultural Appropriation and Re-Voicing the Past
Dr Rhys Trimble Tywysogion
Dr Timothy Turnbull The Adventures of Kunstlicht in the Netherworld: A Novel
Dr Joseph Walton Integration: a Speculative Fiction Novel

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