Fostering creative exploration and innovation.
We believe that imaginative writing plays a crucial role in negotiating the past, positioning ourselves in the present, and projecting multiple futures.
Our creative writing staff engage with hybrid genres as well as established modes and forms, and encourage critical engagement with writing and its wider contexts. They are published authors of their own fiction, poetry and poetry in translation, and train the next generation of writers and creative writing teachers.
The intellectual and social environment here is both supportive and stringent, and demonstrates how dynamic and stimulating creative writing in the academy can be.
We run a programme of workshops and readings by eminent authors, and host regular research seminars with presentations by staff, postgraduates, guest speakers, and visitors.
Staff in this theme
|Staff||Research interests||'Research bites'|
|Dr Sophie Coulombeau||Eighteenth century and Romantic literature.||"What's in a name? In Romantic literature, acts of naming 'place' authors and characters within various identity categories."|
|Dr Ailbhe Darcy||Creative writing; contemporary Irish poetry; poetry in performance; lyric theory and the intersection of religious faith and poetic form|
|Professor Richard Gwyn||Interdisciplinary approaches: (literary) translation, literature in translation, Welsh writing in English, contemporary fiction, poetry and poetics, twentieth century and contemporary literature.||"To translate a poem is not only to inhabit its language, but to walk in its land."|
|Dr Tristan Hughes||"A landscape is never truly visible until it is written about."|
|Professor Damian Walford Davies||Historicism, Welsh writing in English, ecocriticism, literature and environment, poetry and poetics.||"As literary theorists, critics and historians, we need a route beyond historicism; the answer (for now) is counterfactualism."|