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Take part in an innovative creative writing research study

Would you like to take part in an innovative creative writing research study?
Megan Hayes is currently completing doctoral studies in Creative Writing at Teesside University. She is now recruiting participants for the project which will explore how creative writing affects various areas of life. Participation will involve reflecting on your writing practice over several weeks followed by a short interview. To participate, please email to express your interest.

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ― Philip Pullman

Welcome to all our new English and Creative Writing students

This week we’re welcoming lots of new faces to the Fourth Floor here at Teesside. It’s Welcome Week for our undergraduates – BA English and BA English and Creative Writing – and we have an exciting year in store.

We’re at the hub of some wonderful creative and literary events, beginning with  T-Junction – Teesside International Poetry Festival – running from 16 – 20  October 2014. Booker Prize winner John Berger will be joined by an amazing line-up of international poets and artists throughout the festival. More information here.




The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition 2014/5

Billy Collins © Suzannah Gilman

Former American Poet Laureate Billy Collins is announced as the judge of The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition 2014/5.

The prize, which has launched many celebrated poets’ careers over recent years , is now open for entries. More details here.

‘What will your verse be?’


Manchester Writing Competition 2014

The deadline for the 2014 Manchester Writing Competition – August 29 – is fast approaching. This brilliant prize has three sections: Poetry, Fiction and Writing for Children. Lots of prize money, eminent judges. All the details here.

Fabulous creative writing resource – Louise Bourgeois at MIMA


It’s incredibly exciting to see this beautifully curated exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ work, here at MIMA in Middlesbrough. Bourgeois’ work offers inspiration and  provocation for any creative writer. And as Bourgeois wrote so much about her own creative process and the way that she drew on emotions and life experience in her work, there is so much here for a writer to mine. Entry to the exhibition is completely free.


“An artist can show things that other people are terrified of expressing.”
  ― Louise BourgeoisDestruction of the Father / Reconstruction of the Father: Writings and Interviews, 1923–1997

Talking about our MA Creative Writing

Chris Thurgar-Dawson, Acting Head of English at Teesside, talks about our MA Creative Writing here.

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Michael Edwards, former Teesside English student, wins Northern Writers’ Award

Big congratulations to former Teesside English student, Michael Edwards, who has won a prestigious Northern Writers’ Award for his fiction. Brilliant news!

Exciting PhD studentship opportunity in English at Teesside

The English Research Group at Teesside has been awarded a funded PhD Studentship to commence in October 2014.  We are looking for candidates with an interest in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture; applications in the areas of Gender and Sexuality Studies and/ or the Medical Humanities may be especially welcome.  The deadline is 11th July 2014.

This opportunity has been advertised nationally and is open to applicants with degrees from any University. Students graduating this year are eligible to apply. 

More details here.