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Dr Ayoade - Ayo - Amuda_ English Research

Dr 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).

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Dr 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, English Research

Dr 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. 

Dr Alice Entwistle, English Research

Professor Alice Entwistle is a literary critic with specialist interests in modern and contemporary poetry, in the cultural-political aesthetics of the devolved nations of the UK, particularly Wales, and gender. Most of her publications examine the connections between text, form and place(s), sometimes refracted through an author’s sense of identification with the contexts in and out of which a work has been produced. She is also interested in creative-critical writing and cross-disciplinary collaborative practice in the arts and humanities. In 2019 Alice delivered a lecture on Carol Ann Duffy at the British Academy. She is currently completing the first critical study of bilingual Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis for the University of Wales Press.


Barrie Llewelyn_English Research

Barrie Llewelyn teaches fiction, poetry and non-fiction with a special interest in writing for the media and the essay form.  She is also interested in the often fluid line between fiction and non-fiction. Recent research interests have taken Barrie’s focus to the link between creativity and well-being. The Speak to Me project partners resettled refugees with local English speakers in a series of creative writing workshops.


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Professor Kevin Mills Professor Kevin Mills is a literary critic and poet. He has published work on theoretical and philosophical issues in interpretation, Victorian literature, and individual authors such as HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Roald Dahl. His scholarly writing often blends creative and critical modes, exploiting the resources and confronting the limits of both. His poetry typically interweaves ancient texts and stories with contemporary experience, and explores relationships between language, the self, place, and time.

He teaches Nineteenth-Century Literature, English Renaissance Literature, and Myth and Narrative at undergraduate level, and leads the MPhil in Writing.


Dr David Towsey, English Research

Dr David Towsey is a novelist and short-story writer, who specialises 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 D.K. Fields, whose Tales of Fenest trilogy considers the impact of storytelling in the democratic process. 

More information, including reviews for his fiction, see: http://dkfields.blogspot.com/and http://davidtowsey.blogspot.com/.

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Professor Diana Wallace is the Head of English Research Unit
. Diana 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  - English Research

Dr Rhian Webb lectures in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Her primary research examines native English speakers’ knowledge about grammar, which informs her teaching. In 2020, she established a research collaboration with Cardiff based Peartree Languages, which develops strategies to teach and deliver online English lessons to international learners. 

Emeriti and Associate members

Professor Jane Aaron, English Research

Professor 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, English Research

Professor 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.

Professor 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. 

Prof Philip Gross, English

Professor 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, English Research

Professor 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_ English Research

Professor 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. 

Professor Jeff Wallace, English Research

Professor 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.

Research students

Janine Barnett-Phillips, PhD in Writing
YA Realism as Remedy: A Realm of Hope.

Paula Hendry, PhD in Writing
Describing the Toad – Challenges and opportunities in Writing the Workplace novel.

Juliet Larsen, PhD in Literature
Religion, belief and the sacred landscape in Welsh women’s writing in English in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Jan Tunley, PhD in Writing
Self and Others in the role of Woman: Selima Hill, Liz Lochhead and Rupi Kaur.

Rachel Rogers, MA by Research
Revisiting Atwood's early novels through the lens of fourth-wave feminism and the body positive movement.

Joanne Spearman, MA by Research
Genre and Politics: The Historical Fictions of Godwin and Shelley.