Writing Fiction

The Department has enormous strength in all areas of fiction and other areas of creative prose.

Short Fiction

Two full time members of staff have particular expertise in the short story: Zoe Lambert and Graham Mort. Zoe Lambert's short story collection, The War Tour was published by Comma Press in 2012 and shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize. Brian McCabe's Selected Stories was published by Argyll in 2004 and he won the Canongate Prize in 2000. Graham Mort was winner of the Bridport International Short Story Prize in 2007 and his collection of short stories, Touch, won the Edge Hill Prize for short fiction in 2011.

Long Fiction

Two full time members of staff have expertise in different novelistic genres. Jenn Ashworth's first novel, A Kind of Intimacy was published in 2009 and won a Betty Trask Award. Her second, Cold Light was published in 2011 and she was listed among the BBC Culture Show's 12 Best New Writers. In 2012 her third novel, The Friday Gospels was published with Sceptre. George Green's first historical novel, Hound, was published by Transworld in 2003, and the follow-up, Hawk, in 2005. Sara Maitland’s first novel Daughter of Jerusalem (1978) won the Somerset Maugham Award and she has since published five more novels and five collections of short stories. John Schad’s 2012 ‘documentary‘ novel The Late Walter Benjamin (Bloomsbury) was featured on BBC R3’s The Verb and has since been adapted for the stage.

Digital and Interactive Fiction

The Department is also interested in exploring the digital medium in relation to creativity and story telling. Jenn Ashworth and Brian Baker developed The Barrow Rapture, a collaborative, cross-artform creative project that explores the process of mapping a journey across a real and imagined version of Barrow-in-Furness. In 2015 Jenn Ashworth published Bus Station: Unbound, a browser based, site specific fiction (co-written with Richard Hirst) which was reviewed by Leigh Alexander (Boing Boing).


Paul Farley's Edgelands (co-authored with Michael Symmons Roberts) was published by Jonathan Cape in 2011, won both the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Award and the Foyles Best Book of Ideas (2012), and was serialised as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Sara Maitland’s The Book of Silence (Granta, 2008) won the Orwell Prize in 2009. Connor O'Callaghan'scomic memoir Red Mist was published by Bloomsbury in 2004 and a film adaptation was screened on Setanta TV. John Schad’s Someone Called Derrida (2008) is an experimental biography that has been adapted for the stage.