Writing & Journalism Guest Speakers

English and Writing Guest Speakers

Award-winning novelists, leading non-fiction authors and scriptwriters, trail-blazing publishing industry insiders and writers pushing the boundaries of multimedia innovation: Falmouth's English & Writing guest speaker programme features all these and more.

2017 Lecture series

16 MarchVahni Capildeo

Old Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus

8 FebruaryDanielle Zinger

Exchange Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus


2016 Lecture series

24 NovemberWyl Menmuir

Lecture Theatre A, The Exchange, Penryn Campus

22 NovemberDr Michael Ward

Du Maurier Lecture Theatre A, Penryn Campus

10 NovemberMolly NaylorExchange Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
31 OctoberAndrew Harding

Lecture Theatre B, Daphne Du Maurier, Penryn Campus

26 OctoberAlison Jones

Lecture Theatre B, Daphne Du Maurier, Penryn Campus

17 OctoberJonathan Wall

The Chapel Lecture Theatre, Falmouth University, Penryn Campus

5 OctoberArgus HulinPeter Lanyon Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
21 AprilProfessor Esther LeslieThe Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
3 MarchEmily BarrThe Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
18 FebruaryJonathan NeilThe Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
21 JanuaryWilliam HughesThe Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
13 JanuaryKatherine Woodfine & Louise LamontThe Exchange, Penryn Campus


2015 Lecture series

7 DecemberJeffrey LewisDu Maurier, Penryn Campus
12 NovemberJemimah SteinfeldThe Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
29 OctoberGerard WoodwardThe Exchange, Penryn Campus
11 MayMatt HaigThe Chapel Lecture Theatre, Penryn Campus
23 AprilAlison NorringtonThe Exchange, Penryn Campus
11 MarchSteve PotterThe Exchange, Penryn Campus
9 MarchTom Howetbc
5 MarchKatrina NaomiThe Exchange, Penryn Campus
2 MarchPaul DodgsonThe Exchange, Penryn Campus

Past speaker biographies

Read the biographies of some of the guest speakers who've given lectures in the School of Writing & Journalism.

Brian Patten

Brian Patten made his name in the 1960s as one of the Liverpool Poets, alongside Adrian Henri and Roger McGough. He has published over 40 books and his poems are translated across the world; he also writes for children, and is into many European languages. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was greatly admired by Charles Causley.

Alison Jones

Alison Jones has pioneered digital publishing over a 22 year career, most recently at Palgrave Macmillan as director of innovation strategy. Earlier this year she launched her own coaching, content marketing and publishing consultancy, helping businesses and entrepreneurs publish content strategically aligned to their business goals. She also runs an independent publishing house: Practical Inspiration Publishing.

Professor John Storey

John is professor of cultural studies at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland. He is the author of ten books including Cultural Theory and Popular Culture. The most recent is called From Popular Culture to Everyday Life (2014).

Julie Mayhew

Julie Mayhew has a successful career as a radio presenter, actress, playwright and novelist. Julie's debut novel, Red Ink, was published by Hot Key Books in 2013, and was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2014. Her second, The Big Lie, will be published in August 2015. Julie has written three plays for radio, including A Shoebox Of Snow which, as a work in progress, was nominated for Best Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards 2012 and shortlisted for the Nick Darke Award 2010.

Julian Wolfreys

Julian Wolfreys is director of the Centre for Studies in Literature, and professor of English literature, at the University of Portsmouth. His most recent publications include Dickens's London and (with Maria Daniella Dick) The Derrida Reader, (both published by Edinburgh University Press) and a novel, Silent Music, published by Triarchy Press. He is currently working on two books, A Phenomenology of Loss, and Loss and Identity: Clare to Barnes.

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike is senior lecturer at the University of East London, but began grown-up life with Sony Music, where she toured with Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and some band called Nirvana. She went on to work for Interscope Geffen A M Records, creating branding and marketing campaigns for Sting, U2 and Eminem. Since 2003, when she started her own marketing company, she has worked with Facebook, LAMB and Quannum Projects, while establishing a reputation as a scholar of the darker side of fandom.

Mark Hayhurst

Mark Hayhurst is a highly awarded and critically acclaimed TV writer who writes dramas based on real events. His latest work is 37 Days - about the run up to World War One.

Paul Dodgson

Paul Dodgson is a writer, radio producer, composer and teacher. He has written fourteen plays for BBC Radio 4 and produced many hundreds of programmes for all BBC Radio networks. He wrote the award winning BBC2 drama-documentary series Monsters We Met, has been part of the Eastenders writing team, and teaches lifewriting world-wide.

Joy Salisbury, Lia Ditton, Paul Murphy, Lucy Cooper and Gill Garratt

Five recent graduates of Falmouth MA Professional Writing. Their books include both fiction and non-fiction titles and have been published on new electronic platforms as well in more traditional form by some of the most prestigious publishing imprints.

John Yorke

John Yorke is managing director of Company Pictures, the UK drama independent producing Wolf Hall, Skins and Shameless. He has been responsible for a vast array of British drama, as both head of Channel Four Drama and controller of BBC Drama production. John created the BBC Writers Academy, training a new generation of TV writers, and is professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. John's book Into the Woods: How Stories Work and How We Tell Them (Penguin) is the UK's bestselling book on screenwriting.

Emily Barr

Emily Barr has published eight novels including, Backpack, which won the WH Smith New Talent award. Her most recent book, The First Wife, is set in Cornwall and Barcelona and has been described as "a tense, unsettling, modern-day Rebecca from the queen of psychological, suspenseful women's fiction".

Laura Beatty

Laura Beatty is an award-winning novelist and biographer. Her first novel, Pollard, won the Authors' Club First Novel Award and has been described as "fierce and wonderful" (Observer), "delicate yet powerful" (Economist), and "toughly beautiful" (Independent).

Michael Bird

Michael Bird is a freelance author, journalist and broadcaster with a particular interest in the visual arts. His most recent book, The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time (2008), was recently adapted for broadcast on BBC Radio.

Nicholas Blincoe

Nicholas Blincoe's six novels include Acid Casuals (1995), Manchester Slingback (1998) and Burning Paris (2004). He was a founding member of the New Puritans literary movement and co-edited the anthology, All Hail The New Puritans (2000). He has written for radio and television, national newspapers and magazines. He is also a co-editor of a book on the International Solidarity Movement, Peace Under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement (2003).

Alex Butterworth

Alex Butterworth is an author, historian, producer and designer of digital narrative experiences for video games. His most recent book, The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents, was described by the Sunday Times as "thrilling and important" and by BBC History Magazine as an "intriguing [and] provocative ... journey into a murky, subterranean world".

Matt Cox

Former MA Professional Writing student at Falmouth, Matt Cox's White Lies, Black Magic won the 2010 Biographers' Club Prize. His work tells the extraordinary but previously undocumented story of one of Britain's first black celebrities, 'Prince' Monolulu, who was at various times a racing tipster, preacher, dancer, nude model, lion-tamer, conjuror, fire-eater and frog-swallower.

Dr Nick Freeman

Dr Nick Freeman's work is chiefly focused in the period between 1837 and 1945 (Victorian Literature, Decadence, Modernisms), most especially the Gothic and supernatural fiction of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. His first book, Conceiving the City (2007), is an interdisciplinary examination of the ways in which writers, artists, and sociologists theorised London life at the end of the nineteenth century.

David Grubb

David HW Grubb is author of three novels and an autobiography. He has also published poetry collections such as The Memory of Rooms, Selected Poems (2001), The Elephant In The Room (2004), Out Of The Marvellous (2006), It Comes With a Bit of Song (2007).

Richard Hornsey

Richard Hornsey is interested in urban modernity, everyday life, and constructions of urban subjectivity. His book, The Spiv and the Architect: Unruly Life in Postwar London (2010), interrogates the complex interaction between emerging forms of queer male subjectivity amidst the context of post-war reconstruction.

Liz Kessler

The hugely successful Emily Windsnap series of fantasy novels for young readers established Liz Kessler as one of the leading authors working in this genre in both the UK and the US. She is also author of the time-slip novel A Year Without an Autumn in 2011.

Paul Kingsnorth

Non-fiction author, poet and novelist, Paul Kingsnorth is one of the UK's most original – and controversial – writers on the environment. His first book, One No, Many Yeses (2003), explored the rise of the global resistance movement. Paul is also a former editor of the Ecologist magazine and author of the polemic travelogue, Real England (2008).

Steve Lake

Steve Lake was the writer and singer for the English underground band Zounds, which first came to prominence in the early 1980s with a string of independent chart hits on Rough Trade and Crass Records. Growing out of the squatter communities of London they quickly became key figures in the burgeoning anarcho-punk scene and toured Britain and Europe pioneering the DIY ethic in music.

Deborah Levy

After leaving Dartington College of Arts, Deborah Levy completed a number of plays, including Pax and Heresies for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She is also the author of Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography, The Unloved and Billy and Girl and Swimming Home.

Sarah McCartney

Sarah McCartney is a leading brand strategist, copywriter and author. She is also the author of The Fake Factor: Why We Love Brands But Buy Fakes, a text which examines the notion of authenticity in branding from psychological, sociological and philosophical perspectives.

Jean McNeil

Jean McNeil is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, but has lived in the UK since 1991. She is author of Hunting Down Home (1996), Nights in a Foreign Country (2001), Private View (2003), the Rough Guide to Costa Rica and Central America and The Ice Lovers (2009). In 2005-06 Jean spent four months in Antarctica.

Philip Marsden

Philip Marsden's work crosses the boundaries between travel writing, history and fiction. His most recent book, The Levelling Sea (2011), tells the story of Falmouth in the age of sail. Reviewing it in the Telegraph, Philip Hoare wrote: "Convincing in its detail and exciting in its sweep, this portrait of a port and its people sails deep into the reader's imagination".

Rob Self-Pierson

Since completing his MA in Professional Writing in 2008, Rob Self-Pierson has freelanced as a writer for numerous UK agencies, including The Writer, Quietroom and Brand Pie. Rob is also a member of the Board of the Writers Association and in 2010 he initiated the 26 Treasures Project in which writers including Alexander McCall Smith and Andrew Motion responded to objects in the collections of the V&A and other national museums.

Ian Sinclair

Iain Sinclair is a novelist, poet, editor, film-maker and creative non-fiction writer. His novels include White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings (1987) and Downriver (1991), while his non-fiction books include Lights out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London (1997), London Orbital (2002), Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire: A Confidential Report (2009) and Ghost Milk (2011).

John Simmons

One of the world's leading authorities on copywriting and verbal branding, John Simmons is the author of several business bestsellers, including We, Me, Them & It: The Power of Words in Business and The Invisible Grail: How Brands Can Use Words to Engage with Audiences.

Robert Sheppard

Professor Robert Sheppard is author of The Poetry of Saying: British Poetry and its Discontents (2005), Iain Sinclair (2007) and editor of the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry. His poetic works include Complete Twentieth Century Blues (2000), The Lores (2003) and Warrant Error (2009).

Zoe Skoulding

Zoe Skoulding is a poet, publisher and researcher. Her poetical collections include The Museum of Disappearing Sounds (Seren, 2013), Remains of a Future City (2008), Dark Wires (2007) and From Here (2008).

Stephanie Thwaites

Stephanie Thwaits is a literary agent at Curtis Brown, one of the UK's largest and most prestigious agencies, where she represents many well-known authors of children's and young adult fiction, together with some writers of adult fiction and non-fiction.

Professor Melanie Williams

Professor Melanie Williams has taught, published, spoken and researched extensively on aspects of the law as it is represented, and as it functions, in literature and film. Her work engages with novels, poetry and the cinema in works as diverse as Hardy's Tess of the Durbevilles, the film Crash, and Auden's September 1 1939.