Here are our members: NTU staff, graduate students, undergraduates; novelists, screenwriters, poets, critics…

NTU Academic Staff

Rory Waterman (Hub convener)

NTU staff profile
Dr Rory Waterman is an Associate Professor in English at NTU, where he leads the MA Creative Writing. He also teaches on BA English and BA Creative Writing, and supervises a number of PhD students. His first collection was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize in 2014, and his second was shortlisted for the Ledbury Forte Prize 2019. His third was published by Carcanet in May 2020. Waterman’s research interests mainly focus on twentieth-century and contemporary poetry. He co-edits New Walk Editions with Nick Everett at the University of Leicester, and co-organises the Totally Wired Poetry events. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement, PN Review, Poetry Review and other publications, and he co-led the AHRC-funded Poetry and Covid project (2020-21).

Select publications:
* Wendy Cope (LUP, 2021)
* ed. and contrib. with Anthony Caleshu: Poetry & Covid-19 (Shearsman, 2021)
* ed. and contrib.: W. H. Davies: Essays on the Super-Tramp Poet (Anthem, 2021)
* Sweet Nothings (Carcanet, 2020)
* Sarajevo Roses (Carcanet, 2017)
* ed.: The True Traveller: W. H. Davies, A Reader (Fyfield, 2016)
* Poets of the Second World War (LUP, 2016)
* ed. and contrib.: Something Happens, Sometimes Here: Contemporary Lincolnshire Poetry (Five Leaves, 2015)
* Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R. S. Thomas and Charles Causley (Routledge, 2014)
* Tonight the Summer’s Over (Carcanet, 2013) 

Andrew Taylor

NTU staff profile
Dr Andrew Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, where he leads the BA Creative Writing. He also teaches Poetry on the MA Creative Writing, and supervises PhD students. His research interests include experimental poetry, ‘linguistically innovative’ poetry, poetics, conceptual writing and the Beat Generation, the role of collage in creative practice, and practice as research. In addition to the two poetry collections listed below, Taylor is the author of many poetry pamphlets. He co-edits the poetry journal erbacce and edits the online visual poetry journal M58, as well as being co-publisher and an editor at erbacce-press. With Becky Cullen and Rory Waterman, he organises the regular Totally Wired Poetry readings and open mic events in Nottingham city centre.

Select publications:
* Adrian Henri: The Poems (Greenwich Exchange, 2019)
* March (Shearsman, 2017)
* Radio Mast Horizon (Shearsman, 2013) 

Eve Makis

NTU staff profile
Eve Makis is a Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, where she teaches on the MA Creative 
Writing, and also the Writer in Residence for NTU’s Postcolonial Studies Centre. She studied at the University of Leicester and worked as a journalist and radio presenter in the UK and Cyprus before becoming a novelist. She has published four novels and her books have been translated into six languages, and she co-wrote a screen adaptation of her third book, Land of the Golden Apple, which premiered at Rome Film Festival in October 2016. Her latest novel, The Spice Box Letters, was long listed for the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize 2015, shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award and awarded the Aurora Mardiganian Gold Medal.

Select publications:
* with Anthony Cropper: The Accidental Memoir (4th Estate, 2018)
* The Spice Box Letters (Sandstone, 2015)
* Land of the Golden Apple (Black Swan, 2008)
* The Mother-in-Law (Black Swan, 2006)
* Eat, Drink and be Married (Black Swan, 2005)  

Sarah Jackson

NTU staff profile

Dr Sarah Jackson teaches creative writing and literary studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level at NTU, where she is an Assistant Professor in English and Creative Writing, and leads the Critical Poetics Research Group. Supported by an Arts Council Award, Sarah’s debut collection Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012) won the Seamus Heaney Prize and was longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award (2013). In 2017, her story ‘Echolocation’ was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Award, and her fiction, poetry and critical writing have appeared in a wide range of magazines and journals including Irish Pages, The Rialto and Oxford Literary Review. Sarah is an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker and an AHRC Leadership Fellow, and is currently writing a book about the telephone.

Select publications:
* ed. with Tim Youngs: In Transit: Poems of Travel (Emma Press, 2018)
* Tactile Poetics: Touch and Contemporary Writing (EUP, 2015)
* Pelt (Bloodaxe, 2012)

David Belbin

NTU staff profile
Dr David Belbin is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at NTU, and teaches on the BA Creative Writing and MA Creative Writing. He is the author of more than forty novels, including  StudentSecret Gardens and the Bone and Cane series. Specialising in young adult fiction, he has written many crime novels and published two historical novels, along with numerous short stories for readers of all ages, and has work in more than twenty languages. His most recent book is Provenance (Five Leaves Publications, 2016), a book of short stories. An experienced editor, he has worked with many emerging writers, along with winners of the Booker Prize, the Carnegie Medal and the Crime Writers’ Diamond Dagger. He edited the Crime Express series for Five Leaves Press, and chaired the successful bid for Nottingham to become a UNESCO City of Literature in 2015.

Select publications:
* Provenance: New and Collected Stories (Shoestring, 2016)
* The Great Deception (Freight, 2015)
* What You Don’t Know (Tindal Street, 2012)
* Student (Five Leaves, 2012)
* Secret Gardens (Five Leaves, 2011)
* The Pretender (Five Leaves, 2008) 

Anthony Cropper

NTU staff profile
Anthony Cropper is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at NTU, where he teaches on the BA Creative Writing, BA English, and MA Creative Writing. He has published two novels and a collection of short stories, and his play, I’ll Tell You About Love, won the BBC Alfred Bradley Award for Radio Drama. Anthony worked with Bristol Old Vic on the thirty-minute film Myself in Other Lives, and he has collaborated with numerous arts organisations on plays and installations. He has previously taught at the University of Nottingham.

Select publications:
* with Eve Makis: The Accidental Memoir (4th Estate, 2018)
* Nature’s Magician (Route, 2009) 

Tim Youngs

NTU staff profile

Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University, where he teaches English literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is the
Director of NTU’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies. He is the author or editor of many critical books on travel writing and is editor of the academic journal Studies in Travel Writing, which he founded in 1997. His debut pamphlet of poems is Touching Distance (Five Leaves, 2017) and he is co-editor with Sarah Jackson of the anthology, In Transit: Poems of Travel (Emma Press, 2018). His poems, many of them travel-themed, have appeared in several print and online magazines, including The Interpreter’s HouseLondon GripMagma, Poetry Salzburg Review and Stride

Select publications:
* ed. with Nandini Das: The Cambridge History of Travel Writing (CUP, 2019).
* ed. with Sarah Jackson: In Transit: Poems of Travel (Emma Press, 2018)
* Touching Distance (Five Leaves, 2017)
* Beastly Journeys: Travel and Transformation in English Literature, 1885-1900 (LUP, 2013)
* The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing (CUP, 2013)  
* ed. with Charles Forsdick: Travel Writing: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies (Routledge, 2012)
* ed.: Travel writing in the Nineteenth Century: Filling in the Blank Spaces (Anthem, 2006).
* ed. with Peter Hulme: The Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing (CUP, 2002)
* ed.: Writing and Race (Longman, 1997)
* Travellers in Africa: British Travelogues 1850-1900 (MUP, 1994)

James Walker

NTU staff profile
James Walker’s specialism is digital storytelling with an emphasis on multi-collaboration across media platforms. Previous projects include The Sillitoe Trail, a commission for BBC/Arts Council multimedia arts platform The Space and Dawn of the Unread, an interactive graphic novel exploring Nottingham’s literary history
( This created placements for over 120 NTU students and won the Teaching Excellence Award at the Guardian Education Awards in March 2015. He is developing modules at NTU that enable students to be actively involved in the conception and production of digital literary heritage projects. These currently include D.H. Lawrence: A Digital Pilgrimage and Whatever People Say I Am.   

Rebecca Cullen

NTU staff profile
Dr Becky Cullen is a poet, and holds an M3C postdoctoral Cultural Economy Engagement Fellowship at NTU, in partnership with Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature. She is interested in the temporal aspects of poetry – what happens to time when we read and write, engaging with the moment or moments of the poem. Becky completed an MA in Creative Writing at NTU with Distinction, and an AHRC/Midlands3Cities-funded creative and critical PhD in 2018, using the poetry of Michael Ondaatje, Sujata Bhatt, Susan Howe and her own poems to explore matters of time, temporality and poetic form. Funded by the AHRC and Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, she was poet in residence at Newstead Abbey, ancestral home of Byron. In 2018, she was a winner of the 2017/18 Poetry Business International Poetry Book and Pamphlet competition, leading to publication of her pamphlet with Smith|Doorstop. With Andrew Taylor and Rory Waterman, she organises the regular Totally Wired Poetry readings and open mic events in Nottingham city centre.

Select publications:
* Majid Sits in a Tree and Sings (Smith|Doorstop, 2018)
* 12 poems in: New Poetries VII (Carcanet, 2018)

Jack Thacker

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Jack Thacker is Postdoctoral Assistant in Critical Poetics at NTU, where he helps to run the Critical Poetics Research Group. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including PN Review, StandBlackbox Manifold, The Clearing and Caught by the River, as well as on BBC Radio 4. In 2016, he won the Charles Causley International Poetry Competition. He has been the poet in residence at the Museum of English Rural Life and more recently the ArtfulScribe writer in residence at Lighthouse, Poole. His debut poetry pamphlet is Handling (Two Rivers Press, 2018).

Select publications:
* Handling (Two Rivers, 2018)

Sue Dymoke

NTU staff profile

Sue Dymoke is an Associate Professor in Education in the Nottingham Institute of Education at NTU where she supervises PhD and Masters students. Her research focuses on creative pedagogies, poetry education and how young people are mentored to develop as poets. Sue is particularly interested in found poetry, using local archive materials to stimulate place-based writing and creative connections between poetry and science to develop public engagement with scientific agendas. She regularly leads writing workshops and performs her work, and has published three poetry collections with Shoestring Press.

Select publications:
* What They Left Behind (Shoestring Press, 2018)
* ‘Time’, Writing in Education 75 (summer 2018), 56 – 60
* ed. with Myra Barrs, Andrew Lambirth and Anthony Wilson: Making Poetry Happen: transforming the poetry classroom (Bloomsbury , 2015: Highly commended, UKLA Academic Book Award 2016)
* ed. with Andrew Lambirth and Anthony Wilson: Making Poetry Matter: international research perspectives on poetry pedagogy (Bloomsbury, 2013)
* Moon at the Park and Ride (Shoestring Press, 2012)
* The New Girls (Shoestring Press, 2004)
* Drafting and Assessing Poetry (Paul Chapman Publishing, 2003)

Associate Members

The members listed below are closely involved with the department or university.

William Ivory

William Ivory was Visiting Professor on the NTU MA Creative Writing from 2013-2019, and remains a guest lecturer on the MA and friend of the programme and department. He is a leading figure in the international film and theatre industry. His feature-length films have premiered internationally and won a number of awards. He is also the author of a number of stage plays and television dramas. His work ranges from crime (The Sins), to comedy (The Invisibles and Common as Muck), to historical drama (Night Flight), and adaptation (Women in Love). He has received major critical success for his work, with his seven-part series, The Sins, winning The Edgar Allan Poe Award in New York, and his television drama, Journey to Knock, winning Best Screenplay and Best Single Drama at the European Television awards in Reims, as well as Best Original Screenplay at the New York Television Festival. He also received outstanding critical acclaim from his feature film Made in Dagenham (2010), starring Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson and Sally Hawkins, winning Best Screenplay and Best Feature at Dinard Film Festival and Best Film at The Variety Club of Great Britain Awards. His film Torvill and Dean was on ITV1 on Christmas Day 2018. In 2019, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by NTU.

Gregory Woods

Professor Gregory Woods is the author of Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry (1987), A History of Gay Literature (1998) and Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (2016), all from Yale University Press. His poetry includes We Have the Melon (1992), May I Say Nothing (1998), The District Commissioner’s Dreams (2002), Quidnunc (2007) and An Ordinary Dog (2011), all from Carcanet Press. He wrote a doctoral thesis on gay men’s poetry at UEA in the late 1970s and began his teaching career at the University of Salerno in 1980. In 1998, he became the first Professor of Gay & Lesbian Studies in the UK, at Nottingham Trent University, where he is still Professor Emeritus.

Select publications:
* Homintern: How Gay Culture Liberated the Modern World (Yale University Press, 2016)
* The Myth of the Last Taboo: Queer Subcultural Studies (Trent Editions, 2016)
* An Ordinary Dog (Carcanet, 2011)
* Quidnunc (Carcanet, 2007)
* The District Commissioner’s Dreams (Carcanet, 2002)
* A History of Gay Literature: The Male Tradition (Yale University Press, 1998)
* May I Say Nothing (Carcanet, 1998)
* We Have the Melon (Carcanet Press, 1992)
* Articulate Flesh: Male Homo-eroticism and Modern Poetry (Yale University Press, 1987)

Zachary Omitowoju

Zach is a BA Media Production student at NTU. He worked as a Research Assistant for Nottingham Creative Writing Hub in the second term of 2020-21, as part of NTU’s humanities-wide ‘Humanities at Work’ module. Zach written articles, poems and stories for places including Nottingham Creative Writing Hub and Platform. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music and podcasts, and swimming. 

PGR Student Members

The members listed below are in the Department of English, Philosophy and Communications at NTU, and undertaking study towards a PhD including creative writing.

PhD students may request a profile on this page. Please email the Hub convener (see above).

Paul Adey

AHRC/Midlands3Cities-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘”I gave you power”: The Weaponisation of Literary Intertextuality in Hip-hop Lyricism’
Supervisors: Dr Rory Waterman (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Jenni Ramone (NTU), Dr Sophy Smith (DMU)

Paul’s creative and critical thesis explores the presence and function of literary intertextuality in the hip-hop tradition. Specifically, it examines how these artists ‘weaponize’ literary allusion and intertextuality. Paul is also an author and (as Cappo) a widely respected hip-hop artist. He is a graduate of the NTU BA English with Creative Writing and MA Creative Writing.

Panya Banjoko

Vice-Chancellor’s Bursary-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘The Politics of Poetry in Nottingham and the Role of African-Caribbean Writers and Networks in the 1970s and 1980s’
Supervisors: Professor Sharon Monteith (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Rory Waterman (NTU), Professor Nahem Yousaf (NTU)

Panya’s debut poetry collection is Some Things (Burning Eye Books, 2018). Her work has been published in various anthologies, and she has performed widely, including the 2012 Olympic Games. Panya coordinates a black writers’ network, and is a patron for Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature and the founder of Nottingham Black Archive.

Hannah Cooper-Smithson

AHRC/Midlands3Cities-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘Patterns in Nature: The Use of Poetic Form in Contemporary Ecopoetry’
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Jackson (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Haida Liang (NTU), Dr Matthew Welton (UoN)

Hannah’s thesis is a critical-creative exploration of poetic form in the Anthropocene. Her poetry is published in multiple journals. She is a graduate of the NTU MA Creative Writing.

Julie Gardner

PhD candidate
Thesis topic: Fear and hope in contemporary poetry and short fiction

Supervisor: Dr Rory Waterman (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Andrew Taylor (NTU).

Julie’s PhD considers the interconnected themes of fear and hope in fiction and poetry. She is considering the work of contemporary authors in this context, and working on a collection of poems and fiction. She is a graduate of the NTU MA Creative Writing.

Tuesday Shannon

AHRC/Midlands4Cities PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘Poetics of the Spatial Turn: Place Attachment, Economic Instability and Contemporary Poetry’
Supervisors: Dr Rory Waterman (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Andrew Taylor (NTU), Nicholas Everett (UoL)

Tuesday’s research explores representations of urban de-industrialisation in contemporary poetry. Her poetry examines the relationship between the individual and places of personal importance, and a selection of her poems is in Take Three (Soundswrite, 2019). She is a graduate of the NTU MA Creative Writing.

Siân Liddle

Vice-Chancellor’s Bursary-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘The Hidden Faces of World War One: Representing Disfigurement in Film’
Supervisors: Dr Sharon Ouditt (Director of Studies – NTU), Professor Martin O’Shaughnessy (NTU), Dr Georgina Lock (NTU)

Siân’s critical-creative thesis focuses on facially-injured servicemen, exploring how screenwriters can use narrative and filmic techniques to challenge negative attitudes towards disfigurement in popular culture. Siân also works as an editor for science-fiction books. She is a graduate of the NTU BA English and Creative Writing, and the MA Creative Writing.

Jean Morris

Vice-Chancellor’s Bursary-funded PhD candidate Thesis topic: ‘Promised Lands – A Psycho-social account of statelessness
Supervisors: Professor Tim Youngs (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Sarah Jackson (NTU), Professor Phil Leonard (NTU)

Jean’s research pieces together the experiences of a Jewish woman during the Spanish Inquisition and after the Edict of Expulsion in 1492 as she heads for Ottoman shores. It is concerned with how historiographical modes of narration can capture untold stories and therefore explores new ways of writing history, integrating critical theory and biography as well as archival material from past and present sources.

Aly Stoneman

AHRC/Midlands3Cities-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘Contemporary Poetry, Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding’
Supervisors: Dr Rory Waterman (Director of Studies – NTU), Dr Sarah Jackson (NTU), Dr Henry Chapman (UoB)

Aly’s PhD explores the relationship between humans and the more-than-human world, and how environmental concerns are expressed in poetry in the Anthropocene. She was founding poetry editor at LeftLion (2010-18), an alumni of Renaissance One’s ‘Final Stage’ performance project, and winner of the Buxton Poetry Prize (2015). Her debut pamphlet was Lost Lands (Crystal Clear Creators, 2012), and her poems have appeared in multiple publications. She is a graduate of the NTU MA Creative Writing.

Lauren Terry

AHRC/Midlands3Cities-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: ‘Modernist Objects’
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Jackson (Director of Studies – NTU), Professor Andrew Thacker (NTU), Dr Andrew Taylor (NTU).

Lauren’s critical-creative PhD thesis explores the connections between (neuro)psychoanalysis, modernist poetic language, and material objects. Her debut poetry pamphlet is Museum of Lost an Broken Things (Leafe Press, 2020). She is a graduate of the NTU BA English and Creative Writing and MA Creative Writing.

Victoria Zoe Callus

AHRC/Midlands4Cities-funded PhD candidate
Thesis topic: Paper Cuts: Investigating Paper Affect in Contemporary Experimental Literature
Supervisors: Dr Sarah Jackson (Director of Studies – NTU); Professor Philip Leonard (NTU); Dr Emma Cocker (NTU).

Victoria Zoe’s creative-critical project explores how paper engages affect in contemporary experimental literature. Further, it materially interrogates the ways paper still allows for literary and aesthetic innovation in the twenty-first century. She is a graduate of the NTU BA English and Creative Writing and MRes English Literary Research.

MA Creative Writing Student Members include:

Ellena Betts

Ellena has a particular passion for short stories, fantasy, and life writing. She was part of the co-coordination team for the the 19/20 NTU MACW anthology, Connections. She can normally be found either working on her latest project or studying writing, typically with a coffee in hand. With any luck, her first novel will be finished just as soon as she can stop herself from starting new projects.

Matt Biggs

Matt decided to do the MA in Creative Writing after more than twenty years of working for himself. He enjoys a good page turner and is hoping the MA will be a springboard to a writing career. He likes writing fiction and screenplays and is working on his very own page turner at the moment.

Jade Curley

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The origins of Jade’s writing involved homemade books fashioned from folded A4 paper, though these stories were acts of blatant plagiarism and never got past the first chapter. After ignoring a court summons from both Roald Dahl and The Ahlbergs, Jade progressed to sketches and poetry and, in recent years, has settled on scriptwriting. She uses her writing to examine the chaotic and darker sides of the society.

Teya Z. Dancer

Teya likes to explore and experiment in combining fiction with pagan folklore from the Balkans, inspired by her undergraduate dissertation in Creative Writing. Currently, she is writing a historical fiction novel for her MA, based on the communist coup in 1942 Bulgaria. Teya is a rebel and a dreamer by birth, and, just like Auguste Gusteau, she believes ‘anyone can [write] … but only the fearless can be great.’

Mathew Gallagher

Mathew is a speculative fiction writer. He also has a keen interest in etymology, mythology, and folklore. He featured in and co-coordinated the 19/20 NTU MACW anthology Connections and was featured alongside NTU staff and students at Nottstopping Festival 2020. He can usually be found exploring museum collections and researching the weird and wonderful.

Alison Goodchild

One of the project managers for this year’s MA Creative Writing anthology, Uncertain Truths, Alison has previously worked in arts management. She now works part time in a school library, writes lots of short stories, and is studying for the MA Creative Writing. She is working towards her ambition to have a collection of short stories published. She lives in Nottingham with her dog and a lot of books.

Lucy Grace

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Lucy has been published in Aesthetica, Mslexia, and elsewhere. She won the Writers & Artists 2018 Yearbook Story Competition, was shortlisted for the Bristol Short Story Prize and the Lucy Cavendish Debut Novel Award 2019, won the Blue Pencil Pitch Prize 2020 and was longlisted in the Mslexia Debut Novel Award 2021. In 2020 she was awarded a scholarship to study the MA Creative Writing, and is currently polishing a novel. She is on Twitter at @lgracewriter

Jess Parkinson

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Jess is a writer who prefers to create fictional worlds, having been writing since a very young age. A BA in English and Linguistics allowed for better understanding of how to craft language to make her work more believable. Jess aims to perfect her craft, hoping to have her work published.

Kyran Wood

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Kyran is a recent graduate of the NTU BA English, who is continuing to explore his passion for creative writing. He is an avid scriptwriter with years of experience in Drama clubs and societies that have helped him understand the nuances of script. He wishes to use the MA to refine his skills in other areas

BA Creative Writing members include:

Martha Kosminder

A great Austen fan, in love with literature of any kind, currently working on a novel. Newly discovered poetry writer, since she realised fewer words can often hold more emotion than many non-meaningful ones. Hopeless romantic, even if only on paper. Outside NTU, she’s a professional makeup artist, and outside the UK an even more professional English teacher.

Information about our BA and MA Creative Writing courses is available here.

Current NTU MA and BA Creative Writing students may request a profile on this page. If you are a student on either of these courses and would like one, please send a biographical paragraph of up to 50 words focused on your writing interests, along with a suitable photo if you want one including, to the Hub convener (see above).

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