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Prof Katy Shaw


Department: Humanities

Prof Katy Shaw leads research into twenty-first century writings at Northumbria University. Her research interests include contemporary literature, especially working class literature, cultural representations of post-industrial regeneration and the languages of comedy. Katy is an expert in twenty-first century literature. She has produced two books on crime author David Peace, a monograph on representations of the Credit Crunch in contemporary culture, and a collection on the teaching of twenty-first century genre fiction. Her latest book Hauntology (2018) explores the persistent role of the past in the present of contemporary English Literature. She is a public intellectual, literary festival host, media presenter and Twitterer.

C21 Literature

Campus Address

103 Lipman Building

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Contemporary Literature

Twenty-first Century Genre Fiction

Working Class Writing



Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Common People: Breaking the Class Ceiling in UK Publishing, Shaw, K. 1 May 2020
  • Common People: Breaking The Class Ceiling in UK Publishing, Shaw, K. 1 Sep 2020, In: Creative Industries Journal
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes: An Interview with Katie Lowe, Shaw, K. 12 Jun 2019, In: C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings
  • The Value of Writing: The Northern Writers’ Awards: 2000-2018, Shaw, K. Jun 2019
  • Under-Mining the Meaning: Women’s Dialect Poetry and the 1984–5 UK Miners’ Strike, Shaw, K. 7 Aug 2019, No Dialect Please, You're a Poet, New York and Abingdon, Routledge
  • Writing the Northern Powerhouse: Evaluating the Northern Writers' Awards as a Potential Model of Intervention for Addressing Regional Representation in the 'London-centric' UK Literary Industry, Shaw, K. 2 Jan 2019, In: Creative Industries Journal
  • Hauntology: The Presence of The Past In Twenty-First Century English Literature, Shaw, K. 11 Apr 2018
  • Jim Crace: Into The Wilderness, Shaw, K., Aughterson, K. 22 Oct 2018
  • Prescribed Reading: Reflective Medical Narratives and the Rise of the Medimoir: An Interview with Adam Kay, Shaw, K. 7 Dec 2018, In: Humanities
  • Living By The Pen: In Conversation with Sunjeev Sahota, Shaw, K. 26 Oct 2017, In: English

Professional Activity

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Consultancy: A Writing Chance 2021
  • Consultancy: Writing the Regional Powerhouse 2021
  • Membership of committee: BACLS: British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies (External organisation) 2017
  • Participating in a conference, workshop, ...: International Womens Day 2017
  • Membership of board: University English": national subject association (External organisation) 2016
  • Editorial work: C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-century Writings (Journal) 2015

PGR Supervision

Katherine Stanton Common People: The Working Classes in Post-Millennial British Literature Start Date: 01/10/2019


  • English Literature PhD June 09 2008
  • PGCE September 06 2006
  • English MA September 06 2005
  • English Literature MRes September 06 2004
  • English BA (Hons) June 02 2003
  • PGCE (HE and Post-Compulsory) PGCE 2005
  • Senior Fellow of HEA

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