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Dr Kerry Featherstone

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Lecturer in English

Specialism: Creative Writing and Contemporary Travel

I studied English and European Literature at the University of Essex before moving to Nottingham Trent University to complete my PhD thesis on Bruce Chatwin. As well as teaching at those institutions, I have taught at the University of Lincoln, the Open University and the Université de technologie Belfort-Montbéliard.

Having spent considerable time in France, I write poetry in French as well as English, and have given research papers in French at international conferences. I have presented my research at conferences in the UK as well as Paris, Rennes and Versailles in France, Derry in Northern Ireland and Georgetown in the USA.

I am interested in literature development, and have worked in this field with many writers. I am now on the board of trustees of Apples and Snakes, the Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation for Spoken Word Poetry and Education.

My main responsibilities are in creative writing. I convene the creative writing modules ‘Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing’, ‘A Certain Glory: How to Write Poetry Now’ and ‘One True Sentence: Writing Contemporary Short Fiction’. I also co-convene the placement module ‘Analysing Work Experience in the Creative Industries’, and contribute to modules on narrative forms and personal and professional development.

I am also the Programme Director of the MA in Creative Writing. As well as convening modules, I lead workshops on aspects of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and editing, as well as the professional development module.

My research interests are in contemporary travel writing (particularly Bruce Chatwin and Nicolas Bouvier) and globalisation: I'm currently working on The Case of Guatemalan Scotch, a monograph on contemporary travel writing and globalisation.

I’m also interested in representations of Afghanistan from the nineteenth century onwards, and am working on a research project that focusses on depictions of place in Afghanistan in a range of genres.

My creative practice involves writing about place and memory, and involves research into the history of specific locations. I also write poems in English and French, playing with the possibilities of translation and mistranslation.

I have supervised several doctoral projects on a range of creative subjects, including representations of late-life romance, empathy in short fiction, First World War fiction, and verbatim poetry.

I am interested in supervising doctoral work, either as academic study or creative submission, on travel writing, contemporary poetry, and Afghanistan.