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Tony Williams

Associate Professor in Creative Writing

Department: Humanities

Tony was born and brought up in Derbyshire, and studied philosophy at Cambridge and creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University.

Tony was born and brought up in Derbyshire, and studied philosophy at Cambridge and creative writing at Sheffield Hallam University. He writes poetry and prose fiction. His first collection of poems, The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street (Salt, 2009), was shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the Portico Prize for Literature and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. The sonnet sequence All the Rooms of Uncle's Head (Nine Arches Press, 2011) was the Poetry Book Society's Pamphlet Choice for Winter 2011. His flash fiction collection All the Bananas I've Never Eaten (Salt, 2012) won Best Short Story Collection in the 2013 Saboteur Awards. Tony's latest novel, Nutcase, was published by Salt in 2017. He previously taught at Sheffield Hallam University, the Open University and the University of Salford among others, and worked as a freelance graphic designer for some years.

Campus Address

Lipman 016

0191 227 4675


MA (Cantab), MA (Sheffield Hallam), PhD (Sheffield Hallam), PG Cert AP (OU), FHEA

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Tony's primary interest is in practice-led research in poetry and prose fiction. His recent research project 'The writer walking the dog: creative writing practice and everyday life' culminated in an AHRC Early Careers Fellowship in 2013. It explored the role of everyday practice (specifically dog-walking) in creative writing practice and drawing on a range of disciplines including geography, art history, theory, creative writing studies and literary criticism. The critical elements of the project reflected on the use of walking in writin practice and the phenomenon of iteration in both everyday life and literary texts, including readings of formal division is works by W.G. Sebald and Alice Munro. Tony also collaborated with colleagues at the W.A.L.K. project at the Uiversity of Sunderland on an exhibition Their Colours and Their Forms: Artists' Responses to Wordsworth at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere. The work was disseminated through guided walks, readings and workshops, and through a short film Roam to Write produced in collaboration with the film-maker Alan Fentiman.

Tony's poetry is mainly concerned with place and identity. The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street explored contemporary versions of the pastoral in the landscapes of the Peak District and Sheffield. A pamphlet of sonnets published in 2011 focused on landscape and mental illness. His creative prose is mainly in the genre of microfiction, and seeks to compress pivotal moments in people's lives to a small a space as possible. A collection of short stories, All the Bananas I've Never Eaten, was published by Salt in 2012. New works of prose and poetry are forthcoming.

Tony currently supervises practice-led PhD projects on the supernatural Gothic horror novel, Lovecraft and the contemporary weird, short fiction and place, city writing, experimental scifi, and poetry writing. He is interested in supervising PhD projects in poetry and fiction and welcomes approaches from prospective candidates.

Tony teaches creative writing modules in poetry and prose, supervises creative dissertations, and teaches on the MA Creative Writing. He has taught a wide range of creative and critical modules in the past, on topics including prose, verse and script writing, professional writing and journalism, words and images, war and Holocaust writing, the nineteenth-century novel and poetry from the Renaissance to the present day.

Current/Recent Projects

'The writer walking the dog: creative writing practice and everyday life', AHRC Early Careers Fellowship £44,184, Jan-Oct 2013. Principal investigator.


Key Publications

Nutcase (Salt, 2017) 

The Midlands (Nine Arches Press, 2014)

All the Bananas I've Never Eaten (Salt, 2012)

In Your Own Time: The Northern Poetry Workshop Anthology (Shoestring, 2012)

All the Rooms of Uncle's Head (Nine Arches Press, 2011)

The Corner of Arundel Lane and Charles Street (Salt, 2009)

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