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Prof Michael Green


Department: Humanities

Michael Green is a novelist and Professor in English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, he was Senior Professor and Head of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and then Head of the university’s School of Literary Studies, Media, and Creative Arts. He relocated to Northumbria University in September 2009 with the aim of returning to researching, teaching, and writing. In February 2009 he was inducted into the Society of the Fellows of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in recognition of distinguished academic achievements.

As Michael Cawood Green he has published three works of historical fiction, Sinking and For the Sake of Silence, winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose, and The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong (2019), completed under the auspices of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship and published by Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press.

Michael Green

Campus Address

Northumbria University
Lipman 417A
Newcastle upon Tyne

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Michael is the author of Novel Histories: Past, Present, and Future in South African Fiction and numerous journal articles and book chapters, primarily on the uses of history in fiction and practice-led research. He is currently chair of the interdisciplinary Northumbria Practice Research Group and heads the university’s Creative Writing Research Group. He has completed a full term on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and continues to serve as an assessor on bids to the AHRC. He is also a project evaluator and individual ratings referee for the South African National Research Foundation. He serves on the Higher Education committee of the UK’s National Association of Writers in Education and the Programming Committee of the international Historical Fiction Research Network. He was the Business and Engagement Lead for Humanities 2013-2016 and helped establish the extremely successful Northumbria/New Writing North partnership.

He set up the now well-established PhD programme in Creative Writing at Northumbria and served as principal supervisor for the first PhD in Creative Writing at the university; he has since supervised and co-supervised a number of Theses to completion. He serves nationally and internationally as an external doctoral examiner, primarily in the area of creative writing. He is also external examiner for 3 international research Masters programmes in Creative Writing.

His creative/research interests include:

  • Creative Writing – prose and verse fiction
  • Practice Research – research through creative writing/creative practice as a mode of research
  • Reflection as a generative mode in the creative process
  • Uses of History in Fiction
  • Historiography
  • Postcolonial/Southern African Literature

As a student and lecturer in South Africa he performed regularly as a singer songwriter, drawing more attention from the apartheid-era Security police than the music industry; an album of original songs, White Eyes, was banned from air play.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong, Green, M. 2 Apr 2019
  • For the sake of silence, Green, M. 2010
  • Coetzee, the archive and practice research: on Reflection, Green, M. 22 Apr 2021, J.M. Coetzee and the Archive, London, Bloomsbury
  • Ghosting Through Our Ruins, Green, M. 14 Jun 2019, In: Matatu
  • On reflection: The role, mode and medium of the reflective component in practice as research, Green, M., Williams, T. 30 Apr 2018, In: TEXT
  • The experimental line in fiction, Green, M. Jan 2012, The Cambridge History of South African Literature, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press
  • Professing Silence: Imaginative Writing and the Academy (Inaugural lecture as Professor of Creative Writing), Green, M. 2012, In: New Writing
  • Reflection and Reflexivity: The Archive and The Creative Process, Green, M. 31 Oct 2018, In: TEXT
  • Exorcising the past: voices for the present, Green, M. Aug 2009, Religion and spirituality in South Africa: new perspectives, Scottsville, University of Kwazulu-Natal Press
  • Generic instability and the national project: History, nation, and form in Sol T. Plaatje's Mhudi, Green, M. 1 Dec 2006, In: Research in African Literatures

PGR Supervision

  • Adam Clyde Sharp Punk rock, family and trauma: exploring the childhood memoir Start Date: 24/10/2018
  • Jane Alexander The contemporary uncanny: an exploration through practice and reflection Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 23/04/2018
  • Andrew Hankinson 'How can creative non-fiction use a hybrid form to report effectively and uniquely on attitudes towards immigration and race in North East England’ Start Date: 01/10/2017
  • Tracey Iceton Troubles Women: Using Creative Writing Practice to Challenge Misrepresentations of IRA Women in Troubles Fiction Start Date: 08/10/2013 End Date: 30/03/2017
  • Mark Holmes Performing Elvis: A Creative and Critical Exploration of American Post-War Popular Culture and Working-Class Masculinities in the North East of England Start Date: 01/10/2018
  • Mark Holmes Performing Elvis: A Creative and Critical Exploration of American Post-War Popular Culture and Working-Class Masculinities in the North East of England Start Date: 01/10/2018 End Date: 08/10/2021
  • David Spain Does the Representation of Politics Present a Specific Challenge to Creative Prose Fiction? Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 11/06/2019
  • Sarah Shaw Seventeen: Ethics and Aesthetics Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 12/06/2014
  • Caroline Murphy Practice, Pedagogy and Policy: The Influence of Teachers' Creative Writing Practice on Pedagogy in Schools Start Date: 13/01/2010 End Date: 21/03/2013
  • Sarah Stovell The Night Flower: Cultural Appropriation and Re-Voicing the Past Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 17/09/2014
  • Neil Campbell Writing the South Tyne Valley: A Short Story Cycle and Reflective Commentary Start Date: 01/10/2010 End Date: 26/02/2015


  • Philosophy PhD June 30 1993
  • American Studies MA August 31 1979
  • English Literature BA (Hons) December 31 1978
  • Full Member Society of Authors 2010

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