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English Research Staff

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 Mike Chick, Senior Lecturer in TESOL
Mike Chick's research interests include second language teacher education as well as the organisation of ESOL provision for vulnerable sections of society. He has recently completed a research project investigating the barriers to employment faced by participants on the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. 

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

Professor Alice Entwistle
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.

Barrie Llewelyn, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
Barrie Llewelyn is a short story writer and editor with a particular interest in creative non-fiction and the essay as a genre.

Professor Kevin Mills
Kevin Mills teaches Nineteenth-Century Literature, English Renaissance Literature, and Myth and Narrative. He also leads the MPhil in Writing. His research interests include theory, literature and the Bible, and Victorian literature, as well as the relationship between critical and creative writing. 

Dr David Towsey, Lecturer in Creative Writing
David Towsey is a novelist and short-story writer, who specializes in genre fiction. He is particularly interested in crossover texts that complicate genre boundaries. His Walkin' Trilogy of novels blends numerous tropes from zombie horror, post-apocalyptic science fiction, and the western. He also co-writes fantasy-crime under the pseudonym DK Fields.

Professor  Diana Wallace, Head of English Research Unit

Diana Wallace works mainly on women’s writing. Her research interests include historical fiction, the Gothic, Modernism, and Welsh writing in English. She is co-editor of The International Journal of Welsh Writing in English and co-editor of UWP’s series Gender in Studies in Wales.

Dr Rhian Webb, Senior Lecturer in TESOL
Rhian Webb recently completed her PhD on perceived and actual knowledge of grammar in relation to TESOL education.

Current and Recent Writing fellows have included novelist, surf and travel writer Tom Anderson; poet and novelist Stephen Knight; and novelist and poet Katherine Stansfield

Emeritus Professors

Professor Jane Aaron, 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 was a co-founder of the UWP series Gender Studies in Wales.

Professor Tony Curtis , Tony Curtis is a poet, critic and writer of fiction who introduced Creative Writing to the campus over thirty years ago. His most recent publications include Fortunate Isles: New & Selected Poems and a collection of short stories, Some Kind of Immortality. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. http://tonycurtispoet.com/

Professor 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 a 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. 

Professor Phillip Gross, 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. Recent publications include Love Songs of Carbon, which won the Roland Mathias Poetry Award (Wales Book of the Year) in 2016, A Fold in the River, a collaboration with the artist Valerie Coffin Price, and A Bright Acoustic.  https://www.philipgross.co.uk/

Professor Jeremy Hooker, Jeremy Hooker is a poet and critic. His criticism and scholarship focus 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. His collected poems, The Cut of the Light: Poems 1965-2005, was published in 2006 and a collection of his critical essays, Ditch Vision: Essays on Poetry, Nature, and Place, was published in 2017.

Professor Chris Meredith , 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. His first novel, Shifts (1988), is regarded as the classic novel of post-industrialization in South Wales and is now ‘an automatic choice’ as a set text on any university course on Welsh writing in English. His most recent books are a collection of short stories, Brief Lives: Six Fictions, and a poetry book with linocut images by the artist Sarah Philpott, Still Air. https://christophermeredith.webs.com/

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.