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Welcome to the Department of English & Creative Writing

We are a world class department that combines critical and creative excellence. Focused on both literary study and creative writing, our teaching is informed by award-winning writing and outstanding scholarship. Our staff includes two Distinguished Visiting Professors representing this critical-creative identity: Terry Eagleton, a world-famous literary critic, and Paul Muldoon, one of the greatest living poets.  Top level academics and practising award-winning poets and novelists teach students at all levels. Our high standing is reflected in our national ranking, being 14th in The Complete University Guide with a Top 10 ranking for Graduate Prospects.

Our distinguished staff, together with the high quality of our students, ensure a dynamic environment for undergraduates and postgraduates alike. We place a very high value on both teaching and research as well as on our care for our students. In the national Research Exercise (REF) 2014 we were ranked 3rd in our discipline in terms of research power (with an 85% submission), 3rd for research environment. We are also proud of our ability to make our research accessible and relevant to society and were ranked 7th for impact.  As this suggests, our department combines intellectual excellence and rigour with a friendly and conducive atmosphere for study. 

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Latest News

How Wordsworth was a war poet - Exhibition, 26 March 2015

 A Lancaster academic from the Department of English and Creative Writing is co-curator of a major exhibition that portrays Wordsworth ...Read more»

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Today's Events

8.30am: "Sideways in Time: The Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives Conference"

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The 2015 Lancaster Writing Awards are now now closed.

With prizes for criticism, poetry and prose fiction, the Lancaster Writing Awards are an excellent opportunity for school leavers.

We'll be announcing the longlists very soon. Watch this space for details.



Two students discuss Creative Writing at Lancaster





Simon James and Chrisopher Irvine are both in their third year of creative writing at Lancaster: click the image to hear what they have to say.


We are pleased to announce the "Sideways in Time: The Alternate History and Counterfactual Narratives Conference", on the 30th and 31st March 2015. Please see here for more details.

We are also hosting the Writing for Liberty Conference 17th and 18th of April. Please click here for more information.

On 20th May we will be running The Visual and the Verbal - a skills training day for postgraduate students. Click here for more information and to aply for your place.

We are also pleased to host the Locating Fantastikainterdiciplinary conference on July 8th 2015. For more information, please visit the Fantastika website.


Welcome to the New Royal Literary Fund Fellow

The English and Creative Writing Department is delighted to welcome distinguished author Kathleen Jones to the university to help students improve their academic writing. For contact details and an explanation of the role of the RLF, click here.


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