Lottie Hazell

  • Research Student

Lottie received a BA (Hons) in English from Loughborough University in 2014. After graduating, she immediately undertook an MA in Creative Writing at Loughborough, graduating with Distinction in 2015. While completing her MA, Lottie also worked with Writing East Midlands to deliver a series of creative writing workshops for young adults. 

 Lottie went on to work in the trade publishing industry, first working within the Penguin Random House digital team and then Ebury Publishing, before launching her own creative consultancy business. She works across the publishing industry with clients including Fig Tree, BBC Books, and The Women’s Prize for Fiction. 

 Lottie returned to Loughborough to begin PhD in the autumn of 2019. Her research considers subversive femininity in food-centric contemporary fiction. Lottie’s research is framed by the #MeToo Movement, and her research includes a data analysis component based on #MeToo-related articles published by The Guardian between 2015 – 2020. Lottie’s research features a creative component, and her PhD will include extracts from her first novel. 

 In the department, Lottie is a member of the Contemporary Research Group and Digital Humanities Research Group. Later this year she will be giving a short paper for the English Research Seminar Series entitled ‘Assessing the impact of the #MeToo Movement on Literary Publishing’. She has also given a creative reading at Dr. Jennifer Cooke’s Plague Time Papers series, entitled ‘A Creative Examination of Subversive Femininity in Fictional Food Writing’. Outside the department, Lottie has delivered a paper titled ‘Writing Food in the Wake of #MeToo’, for Loughborough University’s International Women’s Day 2019 Café Academique. 

 Next year she will be teaching on Dr. Kerry Featherstone’s ‘Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing’ module. 

 Lottie is also the co-founder of Birdwood Games, which received the Loughborough University Start-Up Fund award in 2020. 

My creative writing PhD focuses on the role of women and food in twenty-first century British and American fiction, specifically ‘post #MeToo’ literary fiction. I am examining how literary food areas can be a site for establishing and questioning gender dominance, defiance, and dynamics in the wake of the #MeToo movement. My interest in the #MeToo frame is due to my time working in-house in the trade publishing industry, where I observed shifts in publishing trends as the #MeToo movement unfolded. My research comprises of three strands: data analysis of The Guardian newspaper book reviews, close textual analysis, and creative writing.