- Job title
- Senior Lecturer, Writing
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Anna is a senior lecturer in Writing. She’s also the creative and editorial director at Stranger Collective, a creative content agency, and an artistic assessor for Arts Council England. Previously, Anna was co-founder of the MA in Publishing at Kingston University and head of the department of Writing at Falmouth. She has worked as a freelance writer and editor for, among others, the Guardian, the Bookseller, the Times Literary Supplement, the Big Issue and Private Eye.
Specialising in arts journalism, Anna was also deputy editor of Pluk: Photography in London the UK and Europe. Before going freelance, Anna was an editor at André Deutsch publishing and Simon & Schuster publishing. Her books include Voices for Peace (Scribner, 2001: London; New York), Bit on the Side: Work, Sex, Love, Loss and Own Goals (Parthian, 2007) and a book about literary drinkers (Barnes and Noble, 2002). Anna's first poetry book, Pick Me Up, with illustrations by Harriet Lee Merrion, was published in 2014 by Atlantic Press Books. Poems and illustrations from the book were displayed at Falmouth Art Gallery and at the Tiny Pencil exhibition As Above, So Below.
Anna was a co-investigator on the AHRC-funded oral history project Museum Lives at the Natural History Museum, where her work included directing a short film based on oral history interviews, which was first shown at The National Gallery in 2009.
The Institute of Education, London
MA Arts Criticism
City University, School of Arts Policy and Management, London
BA (hons) English Literature
Membership of external committees
Research interests and expertise
My research is linked by a central interest in cultural value and the value of culture(s) in the context of publishing and life narratives and ethnographies. My publications focus primarily on book publishing and life writing. Other research interests include how writing intersects with visual arts, cultural policy and independent publishing.
Research centre and group affiliations
Externally funded research grants information
|Year starting||Year ending||Project title||Funder||Value||Collaborators||HESA Category|
Museum Lives oral history project at THe Natural History Museum
Kingston University/Natural History Museum
Previous student supervision
Dr Duncan White: A Re-evaluation of Assumptions About the Nature of American ‘Placelessness’ in Contemporary Art and Fiction, Kingston University
Areas of teaching
Curating Collaborations, AIR Sandpit, 2014.
Creating Compelling Business Stories, 2014.
Trustee, Cornwall Film Festival
Outreach at Marlborough primary school (2014)
Outreach at St Francis primary school (2014)
Business start ups
Thread (Managing Partner)
Business engagement case studies
Businesses I worked with in 2014 included: Sames & Littlejohn, Stranger Collective, CultShare, Barefoot Media, FXPlus, Nature Workshops, Rick Stein's
Social, community and cultural engagement
2014 Birkbeck College: Perversions of Paper. Paper: Pick me up: rethinking creative writing from a textural perspective
2014 Falmouth University. Haunted Landscapes. Panel chair
2013 Exeter University: Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities symposium. Paper: A Voyage Round New Territory: Collaborative poetry of (and in) the Environment
2012 Bournemouth University: Researching Readers Online. Selected participant for the AHRC network symposium 2012 Stirling University: Book Cultures, Book Events. Paper: Why has Arts Council funding for literature risen 9.9% amid the cuts?
2009 The MGHG Museums and Biographies conference at The National Gallery. Paper: Museum Lives and first public showing of the film
2007 Birmingham University: Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of Reading. Paper: Not the Only Fruit: The Significance of the Rise of the Book Prize as Cultural Capital and Sales Tool for Women Authors, New Reading Communities and the Literary Establishment
2007 Kingston University: Spirit of the Age: The Past, Present and Future of Life Writing Chaired panel discussion with Hanif Kureishi and Blake Morrison.
2007 Cardiff University: Life Writing in Wales. Presented on Bit on the Side: Work, Sex, Love, Loss and Own Goals
2007 Sussex University: Life Histories, Women's Histories Conference held at The Women's History Network and the Centre for Life History. Paper: That’s Not What Happened!: On Mediating Memories and Representing the ‘Truth’ in Life writing.
2006 Emerson College, Boston MA: The International Conference of the Book. Paper: This Memoir is a Subjective Truth (James Frey): Marketing the Real and the Desire for Literary ‘Authenticity’.
2005 Oxford Brookes University: The International Conference of the Book. Paper: ‘The Growth of Reading Groups as a Feminine Leisure Pursuit: Cultural Democracy or Dumbing Down?’
2005 The Erotic: Exploring Critical Issues, Budapest. Paper: Power, Pleasure and Performativity in Chick-lit’s New Literary Heroines
2003 University of Wales: Creative Writing Conference. Paper: Brave New Words: Or Why the Novel is Alive and Well
Independent professional practice
Engagement with professional associations and societies
External examiner at Westminster University - BA (Hons) Journalism (2007-2010)
Panel member of grants panel: Welsh Books Council (2006-2009)
Professional esteem indicators
Peer reviewer for Outskirts: feminisms along the edge journal at The University of Western Australia; Interviewed by BBC for a programme about 'Stories'; Quote of the day: the Guardian (campaigning article about transplants).