- Job title
- Senior Lecturer, Writing
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Anna is a writer and editor who divides her time between academic life and consultancy work for agencies within the creative and cultural industries. Through her work for YCN, she delivers strategic communications services to clients including Lush cosmetics, The Guardian, Arsenal FC, the NSPCC and the Department for Transport. Previously, Anna was the creative and editorial director at Stranger Collective, a creative content agency, an artistic assessor for Arts Council England and a national advisor for Arts Council Wales.
With a background as a fiction editor at Simon & Schuster publishing, Anna co-founded the MA in Publishing at Kingston University in 2006. During her six years at Kingston, 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.
Specialising in arts journalism, Anna 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 and 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.
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.
Publications and research outputs
|Kiernan, Anna (2016) Mad Girl's Love Song: Reflections on routes into reading, writing and mentoring. Book 2.0, 6 (1 & 2). pp. 47-57. ISSN 20428022 Item availability may be restricted.|
Conference or Workshop Item
|Kiernan, Anna (2016) The killer and the poet: Rethinking online writing. In: National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) annual conference, 11-13 September 2016, Stratford. (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository.|
|Kiernan, Anna (2015) Literary editors and peer-to-peer book reviewers: Rethinking the role of cultural intermediaries in a socially networked age. In: Books and reading in an age of media overload, 15-16 June 2015, Sorbonne, Florence. Item not available from this repository.|
|Kiernan, Anna (2015) A new paradigm? Crowdsourcing and the social benefits of community publishing. In: UNSPECIFIED. Item not available from this repository.|
|Kiernan, Anna (2014) Feeling my way: tactility, text and biography in Pick me up. In: Perversions of Paper, 28 June 2014, Birkbeck College. (Unpublished)|
|Kiernan, Anna (2013) A Voyage Round new territory: Collaborative poetry of (and in) the environment. In: Exeter University: Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities symposium, 11 September 2013, Exeter University. (Unpublished) Item availability may be restricted.|
|Kiernan, Anna (2014) Pick Me Up. Atlantic Press Books, Cornwall. ISBN 9780957154926|
|Kiernan, Anna (2015) Installation: ‘The Museum of Momentos’. [Exhibition] Item not available from this repository.|
|Kiernan, Anna and Fentham, Andrew (2016) The Enemies Project: Contemporary Poetry in Collaboration. [Performance] Item not available from this repository.|
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).