Prize-winning authors appointed to creative writing posts at Reading

The Department of English Literature is delighted to announce the appointment of two exciting writers to teach on our courses on creative and persuasive writing, and to join in our research and outreach activities.

Kate Clanchy is a writer of fiction, poetry and drama. Kate’s short stories have won the BBC Short Story Prize, and the V.S. Pritchett Prize. She has had eleven plays produced on BBC Radio. Of her novel, Meeting the English, the New York Times noted “there isn’t a dull scene”, while the Guardian described it as “richly conceived, original and very entertaining.” Her memoir of her Kosovan neighbour, Antigona and Me, was awarded the Writers Guild Award for Best Book.

Shelley Harris is a bestselling novelist. Her first book, Jubilee, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize. It was featured on Radio 4’s Book at Bedtime, and as a Richard and Judy Book Club Choice. The Times described her second novel, Vigilante, as “entertainment wrapped around a tense thriller.”

The Head of the School of Literature and Languages, Professor Gail Marshall, said: “We are very pleased to have Kate and Shelley join the team. Not only do they both have fascinating writing profiles – they also have impressive track records as teachers.”

About English Literature at Reading

The Department of English Literature at Reading has been an internationally recognised centre for research and teaching in English Studies for over a hundred years. Our teaching system, with its emphasis on seminars and tutorial work, encourages our students to discuss ideas with tutors and other students in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. All of our students have access to dedicated study advisors; our academic placement scheme and 'professional track' programme provide invaluable preparation for subsequent careers.
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