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Dr Andrew Crumey

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Department: Humanities

Following a PhD in theoretical physics and research on nonlinear dynamics at Leeds University, Andrew published his first novel Music, In A Foreign Language in 1994.

Andrew CrumeyFollowing a PhD in theoretical physics and research on nonlinear dynamics at Leeds University, Andrew published his first novel Music, In A Foreign Language in 1994. It won the Saltire Society Prize for Best First Book and marked the beginning of a series of works exploring themes in real and imaginary history, which have been widely translated. He worked as a schoolteacher and freelance book reviewer and was literary editor of Scotland On Sunday (2000-06), then returned to academia as lecturer in creative writing at Newcastle University (2006-11) before joining Northumbria in November 2011. His sixth novel, Sputnik Caledonia (2008) won the Northern Rock Foundation Writers Award, was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and Scottish Book of the Year, and was longlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award. His seventh, The Secret Knowledge, was published in 2013.

Campus Address

Northumbria University
Lipman 025
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

0191 227 3042

Qualifications

PhD Theoretical Physics (Imperial College)
BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (St Andrews)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

In 2010 Andrew conducted an AHRC-funded practice-led research project, "Quantum Suicide: Walter Benjamin and the multiverse". In spring 2011, as Fellow of Durham University Institute of Advanced Study, he studied prophecy in literature and science. His current research is around astronomy and visual perception, involving both scientific and creative work.

Sponsors and Collaborators

Scottish Book Trust

Current/Recent Projects

AHRC practice-led grant (2010)
Durham Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship (2011)

Key Publications

'Mathematics and literature,' in Quarteroni, A. (ed.) MathKnow: Mathematics, Applied Science and Real Life (Springer, 2009)

'Water of Life', in the Sunday Herald (February, 2009)  

'The Last Midgie on Earth', in Headshook, ed. Stuart Kelly (Hachette, 2009)

'The Burraes' in The Seven Wonders Of Scotland, ed. Gerry Hassan (Birlinn 2012)

'Teaching creative writing', The Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. 32 (Norton, 2013)

The Secret Knowledge (Dedalus, 2013)

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