Bath Spa University Research Centre in Creative Writing (BSURCCW) is a prospering centre of excellence, representing perhaps the strongest academic teams of creative writers in the country.

It will host dynamic programmes of lectures and public readings, featuring a wide range of distinguished writers, and enabling audiences to encounter new developments. The centre will also host conferences and symposia at the forefront of literary and research developments in the UK and overseas.

We believe that writing is a powerful instrument for discovering new ideas; that the development of writing skills is a vocational commitment, and that all writers benefit from sharing work in progress.

The centre will provide a forum in which creative writers of all genres can share and learn from each other’s research, and use that knowledge in their teaching. We also aim to support members in their research by providing opportunities for collaboration, discussion and exchange of ideas both within and beyond their specialist form or genre. The centre advances the university’s educational objectives in critical thinking and effective expression; it is a living archive that seeks to maintain and cherish the spirit of writing.

Each of the university’s three strategic research themes will find a natural home in the new centre. Practitioners of creative writing are necessarily engaged with the creative and cultural industries in numerous ways; already there are research projects and funding bids in progress with the specific aim of bringing academic and industry perspectives together. Many of the writers who will belong to the centre are producing work that is transnational in various ways, and there is strong interest in transcultural dialogues and collaborations. Bath Spa University has perhaps the strongest research cluster in environmental creative writing in the country, with special and nationally-renowned strength in ‘the new nature writing,’ environmental speculative fiction, and environmental writing for young people.

Publication by author

Naomi Alderman

  • The Walk (game 2013)
  • Zombies, Run! 1-4 (game 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • The Liars' Gospel (novel, 2012)
  • Doctor Who: Borrowed Time (novel 2011)
  • The Lessons (novel, 2010)
  • Disobedience (novel 2006)

David Almond

  • A Song for Ella Grey (novel 2014)
  • The Tightrope Walkers (novel 2014)
  • Half a Creature from the Sea (short story collection 2014)
  • Mouse Bird Snake Wolf (graphic novel 2013)
  • The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas (novel 2012)
  • The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean (novel 2011)
  • Slog’s Dad (graphic novel 2010)
  • My Name is Mina (novel 2010)
  • The Boy Who Climbed Into The Moon (illustrated novel 2010)
  • The Savage (graphic novel 2008)
  • Jackdaw Summer (novel 2008)
  • My Dad’s a Birdman (illustrated novel 2007)
  • Clay (novel 2005)
  • Kate, the Cat and the Moon (picture book 2004)
  • The Fire Eaters (novel 2003)
  • Secret Heart (novel 2001)
  • Counting Stars (short story collection 2000)
  • Heaven Eyes (novel 2000)
  • Kit’s Wilderness (novel 1999)
  • Skellig (novel 1998)

Celia Brayfield

  • Wild Weekend, Time Warner Books, 2004
  • Mister Fabulous And Friends, Time Warner Books, 2003

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