English Research Staff

Prof Jane Aaron, Professor of Literature
Jane Aaron is the editor of Honno Press’s reprint series Welsh Women’s Classics, for which she has edited five volumes. Her monographs include Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writing in Wales (2007), which won the 2009 Roland Mathias Award, and Welsh Gothic (2013). She also co-edits the UWP series Gender Studies in Wales.

Dr Ayo Amuda, Senior Lecturer
Ayo Amuda’s primary research interest is on language use in society, particularly, communication in multilingual communities. He is the author of several articles on the subject, including Socio-Historiography of Names in an Oral Culture (2012).

Dr Nic Dunlop
Nic Dunlop is a specialist in postcolonial writing and contemporary literature. He has published widely and is currently completing a monograph on representations of education and postcolonialism in science fiction.

Dr Alice Entwistle, Principal Lecturer in English Literature
Alice Entwistle specialises in poetry, usually contemporary, and often (though not always) by women. Much of her work examines the connections between text, form and place(s); she is also interested in creative-critical writing and cross-disciplinary collaborative practice in the arts and humanities.

Prof Phillip Gross, Professor of Creative Writing
Philip Gross is a writer of many parts, author of poetry, fiction and drama for children and adults and Professor of Creative Writing. Winner of a hat-trick of major awards within the last few years – the TS Eliot poetry prize for ‘The Water Table’, Wales Book of the Year for ‘I Spy Pinhole Eye’ and the CLPE Award for children’s poetry for ‘Off Road To Everywhere’. Since then, two collections, ‘Deep Field’ and ‘Later’, have explored issues of language and aphasia and identity, dealing sensitively with the last years of his father’s life.

Prof Chris Meredith, Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing
Christopher Meredith is a novelist, poet, critic and translator, as well as doing a little writing for radio and the stage, and articles and reviews, fiction and verse for many magazines.

Rob Middlehurst, Senior Lecturer Creative Writing
Rob Middlehurst primarily teaches fiction and non-fiction. He has a special interest in the short story; he has been a Bridport Prize winner (Short Story). In May 2013, he was made an Honorary Member of the Welsh Academy for having made 'an exceptional contribution to the literary culture of Wales’.

Dr Kevin Mills, Reader in English Literature and Religion
Kevin Mills teaches on Shakespeare, English Renaissance literature, and myth and narrative. His research interests include theory, literature and the Bible, and Victorian literature, as well as the relationship between critical and creative writing. Other interests include the work of Bob Dylan and British sit-coms.

Prof Diana Wallace, Head of English Research Unit
Diana Wallace mainly works on women’s writing. She is especially interested in historical fiction and the Female Gothic but her interests also include representations of ageing in literature and Welsh women’s writing in English. She is the leader of the English Research Unit.

Emeritus Professors

Jeremy Hooker
Jeremy Hooker is a poet and critic. His criticism and scholarship focuses on Anglophone Welsh writing, including David Jones and John Cowper Powys, modern British and American poetry, the English rural tradition (e.g. Richard Jefferies, Thomas Hardy, and Edward Thomas), and British landscape painting.

Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis is a poet, critic and writer of fiction who introduced Creative Writing to the campus over thirty years ago. He most recently published a bi-lingual collection of poems Alchemy of Water/Alcemi Dwr with the poet Grahame Davies and has had his play Augustus, Gwen and Nina performed. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He serves on the USW’s Museums board.

Gavin Edwards
Gavin Edwards has published on the poetry of George Crabbe, theories of narrative, travel writing and book history. He is currently researching innovative uses of typographic case in the novels of Charles Dickens. From 2010 to 2012 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, University of London.

Visiting Professor

Professor Jeff Wallace
Jeff Wallace’s main research interests are in science and literature since Darwin, modernism, D.H. Lawrence, contemporary writing, and posthumanism. His current projects include a study of the concept of abstraction, and essays on Haruki Murakami and John Berger. He is Professor of English at Cardiff Metropolitan University.