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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.
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.
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.
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 >>.
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 >>.
My panel, 'Fact, Fiction and History', was voted the most interesting and enjoyable of all the parallel sessions in the conference.
Tracing innovations in this area, processes and products are scrutinised with particular reference to questions of authenticity and voice.
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 >>.
Invited to present at this event organised by the French Literary Review and the Queille Trust.
REFEREEDThis paper addresses the theme... more >>.
I presented an account of my innovative pedagogical practice, developed during my time as Writing Centre Co-ordinator at Liverpool Hope University College.
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 >>.
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 >>.
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 >>.
My novella, 'Heartwood', reached the final seven entries from a field of more than 140. The judges commented: "more >>.
My long poem, 'Cathedral Notes', has been selected for inclsuion in a special anniversary issue of the Erbacce poetry journal.
'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
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
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 >>.
Short-listed for the 2008 Gloom Cupboard international poetry chapbook prize, August 2008. http://www.gloomcupboard.com/
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
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 to give a masterclass on memoir writing to delegates at this prestigious literary festival.
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
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).
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.
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 >>.
I was invited to join the Biographers' Club after being short-listed for the Tony Lothian Prize.
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.
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 >>.
I was invited to facilitate a series of community writing workshops as part of Stoke Libraries' Writer in Residence scheme.
Invited to read at the launch of the Liverpool Poets anthology, in which my work features, at the Everyman Bistro, Liverpool, 10 September 2008.
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.
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 >>.