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 Gemma Scammell

Gemma Scammell


I’m currently working full time on my PhD at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where I am examining the novels and short stories of Japanese author Haruki Murakami, through the spatial lens of Foucault’s heterotopia.


I returned to education in 2015 after over a decade ‘out in the world’ and graduated with an MA in English Literature & Creative Writing in 2017. My return to education was a real wake-up call, and what started out as a hobby quickly turned into a change in career.

I now teach Cardiff Met’s Widening Access Creative Writing course where I engage with, support and encourage a wide range of adults from varying backgrounds back into education. I am delighted to be able to use my first-hand experience of returning to education to help others do the same.

I am due to start teaching Cardiff University’s Young Adult (YA) Creative Writing course in January. I absolutely love YA fiction and passionately believe that it is an essential tool in educating future generations on an array of topics such as environmental damage, global deforestation, ecofeminism, gender equality and deep ecology.


Cardiff University – 19th April 2018 – Breaking Boundaries –– ‘The Use of Heterotopic Spaces within the Fictions of Haruki Murakami’

Liverpool John Moores University – 5th July 2018 – Reality, Interrupted: New Perspectives on Magical Realism – ‘The Use of Magical Realism in Haruki Murakami’s Dance Dance Dance (1988) and Kafka on the Shore (2002) in the creation of Heterotopic Spaces’

Publications – Creative Writing

Scammell, G. (2016) ‘Justification’ – Published in Cardiff Metropolitan University Student Newspaper ‘Retro’

Scammell, G. (2017) ‘It Should Be Perfect’ – Cardiff Metropolitan University: ‘Anthology vol. 3’

Publications – Academic

Scammell, G & Dr. Deininger, M. (Forthcoming 2019) ‘Extinction is Forever: Ecofeminism and Apocalypse in Louise Lawrence’s Young Adult Short Fiction’ in Ecofeminist Science Fiction, ed. Doug Vakoch.

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