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Jenn Ashworth

Jenn Ashworth

Lecturer

County College
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YD


Tel: +44 1524 592354
Office hours: Mondays 2-4 (Term-time only). Other times available by request: please email for an appointment.

Affiliations

Authors and the World

My main areas of interest are long prose fiction and the short story. My recent work has concentrated on the unreliable or limited narrator and on LDS fiction. I am currently working on a piece of long fiction in the first person omnicient point of view that engages with ideas about healing, transformation, haunting and masculinity.

PhD Supervision Interests

Fiction - the novel / short story collections. I am particularly interested in projects that engage with a 'sense of place' (including the no-place of cyberspace), first person fiction and the instability / unreliability this mode of story-telling engenders, that cross over with memoir and autobiographical writing, or use epistolary forms. I am also interested in LDS fiction and fiction that engages with religion and religious experience more generally.

Current Teaching

I teach on the CREW 303 workshop course and the MA (CREW 900). I also convene the CREW 304 Long Fiction workshop course.

Career Details

I studied English at Newnham College, Cambridge and took my MA in Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, Manchester University. I started my career in libraries, working at the Bodleian library, Oxford University as well as in public libraries and prison libraries in Lancashire as a chartered librarian with a specialist interest in reader development work.

From there, I went on to become a freelance writer, literature development and project worker, setting up the Lancashire Writing Hub and developing other writing development projects across the North West.

I have lectured at UCLAN, held a Writing Research Fellowship at Manchester University's Centre for New Writing and most recently, joined the Department of English and Creative Writing here at Lancaster in 2011.

My first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, won a Betty Trask Award. On the publication of my second, Cold Light, I was featured on the BBC's Culture Show as one of Britain's 12 best new novelists. My third novel, The Friday Gospels was published in 2013 and is currently being developed into a television series.

As well as writing novels and short stories, I also review contemporary literary fiction for The Guardian.

Office Hours

Mondays 2-4 (Term-time only). Other times available by request: please email for an appointment.

Current Research

Currently I am working on a novel (provisionally titled The Sycamores) set in the North West of England, August 1963.

I am also working on a collection of creative, critical and personal essays entitled 'On Reading.'

Recently finished stories included 'Five Thousand Lads a Year' (for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014) 'Replay' (on submission) and 'Katy, My Sister' (for publication in late 2013).

Professional Role

Currently I am part of the ICT team in the department which means I am responsible for updating the website, assisting the department with its social media presence and updating the virtual learning environments for all Creative Writing courses. I also assist with undergraduate admissions.

Thesis Title

Preaching to the Choir: Writing and Uncertainty in a Mormon Context

Qualifications

BA hons English Literature (2003) Newnham College, University of Cambridge

MA Creative Writing (2006) Centre for New Writing, Manchester University

PhD Creative Writing (2013) Lancaster University

 

2014

Generation rental: the housing crisis facing today's youth

Ashworth, J. 16/03/2014 In: The Observer.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Five thousand lads a year

Ashworth, J. 13/01/2014

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Doted

Ashworth, J. 17/04/2014 In: Litro Magazine. 133

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

The longest night: five curious tales

Ashworth, J. 5/12/2013 Curious Tales.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsAnthology

Shoes

Ashworth, J. 2013 Scraps: a collection of Flash Fictions from National Flash Fiction Day 2013. Gumbo Press

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Katy, My Sister

Ashworth, J. 09/2013 In: Short Fiction: The Visual Literary Journal. 7

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Friday Gospels

Ashworth, J. 01/2013 London: Sceptre. 380 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2012

Why I refused to go to school

Ashworth, J. 13/01/2012 In: The Guardian.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Hammer (Kindle ed.)

Ashworth, J. 16/05/2012 Jawbreakers: a collection of flash-fictions. Kerr, C. & O'Riordan, V. (eds.).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Every Member a Missionary

Ashworth, J. 10/2012 In: The Mechanic's Institute Review. 9, p. 49-57 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Cold Light

Ashworth, J. 24/02/2011 London: Sceptre. 352 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2010

The Wrong Sort of Shoes

Ashworth, J. 10/2010 Bugged: Writings From Overhearings. Bell, J. & Calcutt, D. (eds.). CompletelyNovel.com

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

2009

Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

Ashworth, J. 2009 Paint a Vulgar Picture: Fiction Inspired by the Smiths. Wild, P. (ed.). London: Serpent's Tail, p. 202-210 9 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

A Kind of Intimacy

Ashworth, J. 26/03/2009 London: Arcadia Books. 282 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

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