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Dr Ursula Hurley
Dr Ursula Hurley
postal addressThe University of Salford, School of Arts and Media, Room A 107 Adelphi Building, Peru Street, Salford, M5 4WT.
email addressu.k.hurley@salford.ac.uk
telephone0161 2952851
Key Memberships
From October 2011 to August 2015.
Full Member of Research Centre: Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
From September 2015 to present.
Full Member of Research Centre: Centre for English Literature & Language
From January 2010 to August 2015.
Profile Summary

My research comprises two broad themes: creative writing and the pedagogy of writing skills.

1. Creative Writing

a) Experimental Prose

I am concerned with the relationship between fiction, biography and autobiography, both in terms of the individual writer negotiating the matrix of self and other, real and imagined, fiction and 'fact', and in terms of the author in a wider social context and historical setting. My recently completed Doctoral studies encompass the themes of life history and gender and how they can influence literary production.The main apparatus for this exploration was an experimental prose work that encompasses elements of the novel, biography and autobiography. The first chapter won the Unbound Press Creative Non-Fiction Competition, 2010. More recently other excerpts have been long-listed for the Fish International Memoir Prize and short-listed for the Kingston University Press Short Biography Prize. I am now seeking to publish the complete work. My current project is a literary biography of Renaissance playwright, Elizabeth Cary, which was shortlisted for the Biographers' Club Tony Lothian Prize for an uncommissioned biography.

b) Short Stories

I publish short stories, and critical research on the short story, including a co-authored journal article which takes a narratological approach to microfiction, and most recently a paper on the endings of Joyce's short fiction.

c) Poetry

My first collection, Tree, was published by Erbacce Press in 2009. I also have two poems in the anthology From Hepworth's Garden Out, published by Shearsman. I was commended in the Leaf Books Poetry Competition 2010 and most recently my work was selected to open The Best of the Manchester Poets (vol.2) published by Puppywolf. In addition I contribute to journals, most notably the French Literary Review. I have broadcast my work on Radio Merseyside and perform my work at venues around the Northwest.

2. Pedagogy of Writing Skills

I have a strong interest in teaching and learning in relation to creative writing. I contribut to collections on writing pedagogy, most notably Beyond the Workshop (Ed. Paul Perry, Kingston University Press, 2012); How to Write Fiction (and think about it) (Ed. Robert Graham, Palgrave 2007); and Everything You Need to Know About Creative Writing (but knowing isn't everything ) (Ed. Heather Leach and Robert Graham, Continuum 2007). I am also a consultant on student literacy for the Royal Literary Fund. I have recently published an account of the short fiction module I have designed and implemented here at Salford in Writing in Education, the journal of the National Association of Writers in Education.

Key Qualifications
1999

Distinction

1996
2011

 Comprising a novel and complementary discourses, this thesis blurs the traditional distinctions between critical theory and creative practice, and contributes new insights into the practice, craft, and theory of the contemporary novel.

Key Projects
2016
Aug
Conference Funding
Shaw Trust, £2,500.00.
Principal Investigator: U Hurley (100%).
2016
Aug
Conference Funding
Ultimaker GB Ltd, £500.00.
Principal Investigator: U Hurley (100%).
Key Publications
Refereed Journal Articles
Book Sections
Other Publications
Key Presence
Conference Organisation
2012
Jul

Following a successful bid to the Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence, I co-organised, with a colleague in Drama and Translation, this inter-disciplinary conference which attracted international delegates. Defining tran... more >>.

2012
Mar

With colleagues in English I co-organised this event, which brought together academics, publishers, writers and readers. I also organised an accompanying creative writing competition, 'Write Northwest'. Having obtained HEI... more >>.

Conference Presentations
2012
Mar

My panel, 'Fact, Fiction and History', was voted the most interesting and enjoyable of all the parallel sessions in the conference.

2011
Sep
2011
Aug
2010
Jul

 

 I investigate the nexus of fiction/biography/autobiography in terms of my own practice in my forthcoming novel and with reference to other hybrid texts, including James Frey’s A Million Lit... more >>.
2010
Jul

 Tracing innovations in this area, processes and products are scrutinised with particular reference to questions of authenticity and voice.

2010
Jun
2009
Jun

With Judy Kendall (University of Salford) and Terri Witek (Stetson University, Florida), I contributed to a panel on how writers who do not define themselves as linguistically innovative may none-the-less engage in formally inn... more >>.

2008
May

Invited to present at this event organised by the French Literary Review and the Queille Trust.

2008
May

REFEREEDThis paper addresses the theme... more >>.

2007
Jul

REFEREED.

Very short stories are growing in prevalence and popularity at a remarkable rate. Donna Haraway states that ‘Miniaturization has turned out to be about power; small is not so much beautiful as pre-emin... more >>.
2004
Jun

I presented an account of my innovative pedagogical practice, developed during my time as Writing Centre Co-ordinator at Liverpool Hope University College.

Consultancy Roles
2013
Apr
2011
Oct

Together with Professor Brenda Cooper of Burnish Writing, and Pete Kalu of Commonword, I worked with the Manchester Evening News to develop this competition. I then judged the short-listed entries (from over 700 in total)&... more >>.

2010
May

Since the inception of the competition (2010) I have been one of two expert judges who work with the editors to compile a shortlist of entries and then decide the winner. This year (2014) the competition received over... more >>.

2006
Dec

Invited to contribute to the research into mechanisms for improving student literacy. This contribution is via an extensive questionnaire which seeks my opinion on the causes of, and solutions to, a number of student literacy i... more >>.

External Examiner Duties
2012
Aug
Honours and Awards
2014
Jun

 My novella, 'Heartwood', reached the final seven entries from a field of more than 140. The judges commented: "more >>.

2014
Apr
2012
Oct

My long poem, 'Cathedral Notes', has been selected for inclsuion in a special anniversary issue of the Erbacce poetry journal.

2012
Aug
2012
May

'The judges would like to thank all the entrants for providing a batch of reading second to none.' http://fass.kingston.ac.uk/kup/short-biography

2010
Oct

My literary biography of Renaissance playwright Elizabeth Cary was in the top six entries from an international field. http://www.biographersclub.co.uk/hurley.html

2010
Aug

Competition 2 - Creative Non-Fiction Essay & First Chapter
The overall standard of entries was impressive, even better than the fiction competition. Winners and runners-up are listed on our more >>.

2010
Jun

Foresight with Hindsight and More Memoirs contains the winning entries from Leaf Books’ first Mini-Memoir Competition. http://leafbooks.co.uk/New/Books... more >>.

2010
Mar

My poem 'Cathedral Notes' from Erbacce (No. 10 - July 2007) was the magazine website's pick for "Poem of the Week" 17 - 22 March 2010 on www.poetrymagazines.o... more >>.

2008
Aug

Short-listed for the 2008 Gloom Cupboard international poetry chapbook prize, August 2008. http://www.gloomcupboard.com/

2007
Dec

My proposal and sample chapters for an innovative autobiographical text were selected as one of ten shortlisted authors, nationally. http://www.impress-books.co.uk/nonfictionprize.html

Internal University Support Received
2007
Dec

Awarded £1539 to explore the pedagogy of creative writing in schools, and the potential for HE creative writing lecturers to support CPD for teachers of creative writing in schools. Aims include pedagogical research as we... more >>.

Invited Papers and Lectures
2009
Oct

Invited to give a masterclass on memoir writing to delegates at this prestigious literary festival.

2009
Jun

I was invited to address delegates at the launch event for the Writers' Handbook 2010, published by Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.thewritershandbook.com/WritersEventSpeakers.asp

2008
Sep

Invited to give two writing workshops for delegates at The Writers' Handbook Live event organised by Palgrave to launch their prestigious Writers' Handbook publication (London, 27th September 2008).

Media Appearances
2011
Nov
2004
Aug

My long sequence of poems, 'Cathedral Notes', was read on BBC Radio Merseyside's 'First Friday' programme by the programme's poetry editor, Sylvia Hilkins, 6th August 2004.

2004
Jun

BBC Radio Merseyside, 'First Friday' arts programme, 4th June 2004. I performed my poem 'D/deafway Conference' (published in Listening to the Birth of Crystals eds. Alan Corkish and Andrew Taylor, Paula Brown Publishing 2003)more >>.

Memberships of External Bodies
2010
Oct

I was invited to join the Biographers' Club after being short-listed for the Tony Lothian Prize.

2007
Mar
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (Recognition Reference: 28854)
Other
2009
Apr

I was invited to participate in a teaching exchange with colleagues from Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. I delivered a series of creative writing workshops from 6-10 April 2009.

Other Evidence of External Esteem
2010
Mar

The editors at www.myelibrary.org invited me to select and comment upon their Poetry Pick of the Week. MyElibrary is an international website that showcases work from all over the world, and is viewed regularly by leading publi... more >>.

2009
Jun
2008
Dec

I was invited to facilitate a series of community writing workshops as part of Stoke Libraries' Writer in Residence scheme.

2008
Sep

Invited to read at the launch of the Liverpool Poets anthology, in which my work features, at the Everyman Bistro, Liverpool, 10 September 2008.

2007
Aug

Invited to appear as Featured Poet in issue 10 of the international poetry journal Erbacce. This consisted of an interview and 10 pages of my poetry, as selected by the editors.

Other Research Activity
2006
Dec

In collaboration with colleagues in ESPaCH and at the University of Central Lancashire, we won £60,000 to implement, evaluate and facilitate knowledge exchange between two contrasting arts based community cohesi... more >>.