Associate Members of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research


AhmedHawzhen Rashadaddin Ahmed

Hawzhen came to the UK in 2011 to pursue his postgraduate study in postcolonial literature under the supervision of Dr. Corinne Fowler. He recently obtained his PhD at the University of Leicester, School of English. He used to teach at Soran University in Iraqi Kurdistan as an assistant lecturer and also worked as a journalist in KurdishGlobe Weekly Paper — based in Erbil city. He holds a particular interest in examining literary texts (especially novels) in English, which focus on nationalism, Islam, modernity and Orientalism in the Middle East. He is also interested to explore margin/centre binarism caused by Middle Eastern encounter with the history of colonialism. His research is focused on modernity and violence, immigration, and women’s situation in patriarchal societies.


Muli Amaye

Muli has set up a writing partnership and facilitated and project-managed workshops and projects throughout Greater Manchester with various schools and community groups. She is writing (for her Creative Writing PhD) a novel that spans from the 30’s and pre-independence Nigeria to current-day Manchester. This research has taken her from the National Archive in London to the Labour History Museum in Manchester; it includes oral accounts from Nigerian women who settled in Manchester in the ’50’s and ’60’s and those of family members who live in Sapele, Nigeria. The novel explores memory and consciousness and the effect of migration on second and third generations. 


Magalí Armillas-TiseyraMagalí Armillas-Tiseyra

Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from New York University (2012), specializing in African and Latin American literatures. She is currently Assistant Professor of World Literature in the Department of English at the University of Mississippi. In the 2014-2015 academic year she is also an Early Career Fellow in the Humanities Centre at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is completing the manuscript for her first book, The Dictator-Novel: Writers and Politics in the Global South, a comparative study of the dictator-novel in the post-independence literatures of Africa and Latin America. Her research centres on forms of south-south comparison, with particular interest in the intersection of large-scale frameworks—such as World Literature, the Global Anglophone, or the Global South—with local and regional specificities.


BashirHafsah Aneela Bashir

Hafsah is currently studying a Masters in Postcolonial Literature and Culture at the University of Leeds. Her research interests include black British writing, international politics of the Middle East, issues of identity and cultural translation, humanitarianism, literature as resistance, ethnic conflict particularly in Syria and the relationship between trauma and memory. She also has a keen interest in poetry as activism, and is a performance artist delivering poetry workshops within the community. Her work with humanitarian agencies informs her creativity and she has performed for Oxfam, WAST, RAPAR and at Freedom From Torture events raising awareness about various causes.


Claire_Chambers2Claire Chambers

Claire Chambers is a lecturer at the University of York, where she teaches contemporary writing in English from South Asia, the Arab world, and their diasporas. She is the author of British Muslim Fictions: Interviews with Contemporary Writers, and is currently writing a monograph entitled Representations of Muslims in Britain. Both texts in this two-book series are published by Palgrave Macmillan, and supported by funding from the British Academy and Arts and Humanities Research Council. Claire has also published widely in such journals as Postcolonial Text and Contemporary Women’s Writing, and is a Co-editor of the Journal of Commonwealth Literature.  Her research interests include the literary, theatrical, and cinematic representations of British Muslims; post/colonial writing from Pakistan, South Asia, the Arab world, and their diasporas; religion, secularism, and representations; postcolonial publishing and marketing; literary prizes, festivals, and events; poststructuralist, postmodernist, and postcolonial theory; and the writing of Kamila Shamsie, Hanif Kureishi, Leila Aboulela, Salman Rushdie, Ahdaf Soueif, Amitav Ghosh, Nadeem Aslam, and others. and Journal of Commonwealth Literature (of which she is co-editor)


ChouitenLynda Chouiten

Lynda teaches literature at the University of Boumerdès (Algeria). She was awarded a Magistère in Anglophone Literature by the University of Tizi-Ouzou (Algeria) and a PhD in French Studies by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial literature, travel writing, Orientalism, and Gender Studies. Lynda is the author of Isabelle Eberhardt and North Africa: a Carnivalesque Mirage, published by Lexington Books (MD) in November 2014, and of several articles pertaining to the (post)colonial condition. She has taken part in a considerable number of international conferences and was herself the organizer of the Authority and its Discourses international conference, held at the University of Boumerdès in October 2014.


PhillippaPhillippa Yaa de Villiers

Writer and performer, Phillippa Yaa de Villiers teaches Creative Writing at Wits University, South Africa. She graduated from Lancaster University with a Masters in Creative Writing. Her autobiographical play Original Skin toured in South Africa and to Germany from 2008-2012. Her interests include imaginary worlds, poetry, theatre, politics, identity, race, music, visual arts, children, and adoption/abandonment. Amongst her publications are The Everyday Wife (Modjaji Books, 2010); No serenity here: an anthology of African poetry translated into Mandarin, co-editor (World Knowledge Publishers, Beijing 2010); and Taller than Buildings (Centre for the Book, 2006). Rhythms in Green is forthcoming with Modjaji Books, as is a chapter about theatre and poetry in Makhosazana Xaba (ed), Our Words, Our Worlds: Black women’s poetry after 2000


pauline dodgson-katiyo2Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo

Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo was formerly Head of English at Newman University and Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Anglia Ruskin University.  She has research interests in African literature, particularly Zimbabwean and Somali, and contemporary women’s writing. She has taught modern and contemporary literature, critical theory, postcolonial literature and African cinema at several universities. At the beginning of her career, she worked in teaching, curriculum development and educational broadcasting in Zimbabwe. She is co-editor of Rites of Passage in Postcolonial Women’s Writing (with Gina Wisker, 2010) and Emerging Perspectives on Yvonne Vera (with Helen Cousins, 2012). She is also a director of a small publishing company, Books of Africa.


Elmarsafy2aZiad Elmarsafy

Ziad Elmarsafy works on the modern and contemporary literatures of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the relationship between literature and religion, philosophy and literary theory. His recent publications include The Enlightenment Qur’an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam (Oneworld, 2009) and Sufism in the Contemporary Arabic Novel (Edinburgh University Press, 2012). He has taught at universities in the USA, France and the UK.



Corinne Fowler

Corinne Fowler is a senior lecturer in postcolonial literature and directs the Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester. She is author of Chasing Tales: Travel Writing, Journalism and the History of British Ideas About Afghanistan (Rodopi, 2007), co-editor of Travel and Ethics: Travel Writing in Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2013) and Migration Stories (Crocus Books). She is co-author (with Lynne Pearce and Robert Crawshaw) of Postcolonial Manchester: Diaspora Space and the Devolution of Literary Culture (MUP, 2013). and Grassroutes


Michael_Green2Michael (Cawood) Green

Michael (Cawood) Green is a writer and Professor in English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University. Prior to joining Northumbria, he was Senior Professor and Head of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and Head of the university’s School of Literary Studies, Media, and Creative Arts. At UKZN he was twice the recipient of the University’s Distinguished Teacher Award and was awarded the University Book Prize. He relocated to Northumbria University in September 2009 with the aim of returning to researching, teaching, and writing.  Green’s research interests include uses of history in fiction and southern African/postcolonial fiction, which form the combined subject of his monograph Novel Histories: Past, Present, and Future in South African Fiction. He is also interested in creative writing pedagogy and exploring the nature of practice-led research. He has published around forty journal articles and book chapters and, as a practice-led researcher (under the name Michael Cawood Green), is the author of two works of historical fiction, Sinking and For the Sake of Silence (winner of the 2009 Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose). He has recently completed a practice-led Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship under the ‘Translating Cultures’ theme, during which he worked towards completing his next novel and two scholarly articles reflecting on writing creatively about migration and history.


Danielle Hall2Danielle Hall

Danielle Hall is a funded Ph.D. research student, currently working on a thesis which traces the legacies of Bengali cultural heritage in contemporary Bangladeshi fiction, poetry and creative writing. Her research is focused on the literary representations of interplay between gender and nationalism in both the colonial and postcolonial era. She holds a particular interest in the theoretical frameworks of Deleuze and Guattari on literature, gender and history, and has presented papers and published a number of articles on her research. Danielle is a part-time lecturer at Leeds Beckett University and has also been involved in ‘The DREAM Project’, aiming to develop a teaching and learning resource which fosters cross-cultural capability and promotes intercultural understanding.


TraceyTracey Iceton

Tracey Iceton is an author and creative writing tutor from Teesside.  Now studying for her creative writing PhD at Northumbria University, she is a qualified English teacher experienced in delivering creating writing courses and workshops.  She won the 2013 HISSAC prize for ‘Butterfly Wings’, was runner up in the 2013 Cinnamon Press short story competition with ‘Slag’ which appears in the anthology Journey Planner, won the 2011 Writers Block NE Home Tomorrow Short Story Competition and was shortlisted for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Competition with ‘Apple Shot’.  Her debut novel Green Dawn at St Enda’s, part one of her Irish Trilogy, will be published by Cinnamon Press in 2016 with parts two and three following in 2017 and 2019.  Her stories have appeared in anthologies and journals including; The Irish Literary Review, Prole, Litro, Neon, Tears in the Fence, The Momaya Annual Review, The Yellow Room and Writer’s


FionaLindayFiona Linday

Fiona is an East Midland’s writer and a tutor at Embrace Arts, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester University. Her debut novel for young adults called Get Over It, Adventures (Onwards & Upwards, 2009) sensitively covers loss. Some non-fiction prose entitled Love is a cathartic tale about surviving miscarriage that was included an American anthology called Spiritual Awakenings: Stories of Praise & Redemption (G.ISG. Heavenly Publications, 2013).  Her young adult short called Off the Beaten Track is set in the Baltics; it raises awareness and challenges attitudes to gypsies. This was published in an ebook anthology of short stories, called The Heavenly Road Trip (Help For Writers, 2012). The remaining stories are hopeful and Paradise Lost-Not! is set in Asia. With The Real Me, a new adult short, she is included in a Leicester Writers’ anthology called KLiCbait Volume 2 (2015). This tells of a student’s health challenges. Presently, she’s writing another novel.


CandiMillerCandi Miller

Candi Miller, African-born and raised, first visited a group of hunter-gatherers in the Kalahari desert in 1994. Following her study of San culture, she produced two novels, Salt and Honey (2006)  and Kalahari Passage (2012). Salt & Honey was runner-up in World Book Night’s ‘Spread the Word’ campaign in 2008.  Under the auspices of the Kalahari Peoples’ Network (KPN) Miller has worked with a pan-San groups of student writers and storytellers. She is the UK tertiary education advisor for the KPN. She teaches Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Wolverhampton where she is a member of the Centre for Transnational and Trancultural Research. Her research is practice-led, but she also writes fictocritiques about the transfer of Indigenous Traditional knowledge and blogs about Argentine tango.


BeverleyNambozoBeverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva

Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva is a Ugandan poet, certified leadership trainer and founder of the Babishai Niwe (BN) Poetry for African poets. She is also the founder and director of the Babishai Niwe Leadership Academy for Women and Girls in Africa. In 2010, she was first runner-up in the  international erbacce-press poetry competition and her poetry chapbook collection, Unjumping, was published by erbacce-press in the same year. In 2012, she received a Distinction in Masters in Creative Writing from Lancaster University. Her works have appeared in Drumvoices Revue, Kwani? Postcolonial journal, Lawino Magazine, Short Story Day Africa, New Black Magazine and many others and translated into Luganda, French, Portuguese and Kiswahiili. She is Uganda’s 2014 BBC Commonwealth Games Poet for the poem, Lake Nalubaale, which can be read here, She currently lives in Kampala with her husband and children and is working on her first novel, Elgona.


Sarah Penny

Sarah Penny emigrated to the UK from South Africa in 2003 to lecture in Creative Writing at Brunel University.  She is the author of a travelogue and two novels, one of which is the national set text for final year students in South Africa.  She is also one half of Hadithi ya Afrika – a story-capturing project that works with underprivileged African communities using dramatherapy and creative writing techniques.   Teaching interests include African fiction and children’s fiction.  Her publications include The Lies We Shared (Penguin SA, 2011) and The Beneficiaries (London: Penguin Books, 2002).



EmanuelaPigaEmanuela Piga

Emanuela Piga has a background in Comparative Literature at the University of Bologna where she works and teaches undergraduate modules.  Emanuela  is currently the editorial supervisor of Between, the peer-reviewed and open access Journal of the Italian Association for the Theory and Comparative History of Literature – Compalit. She obtained a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Bologna in 2009 with a thesis entitled ‘Memory and Representation of historical violence in the late Twentieth Century’ and subsequently became Research fellow in Comparative Literature at the University of Cagliari. Emanuela held academic positions at the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies of the University of London, and at the University of Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle where she specialized in General and Comparative Literature. Her research interests include memory and history in the European novel and her work has recently appeared in the following outlets:  Esposito, L. – Piga, E. – Ruggiero, A. (ed.), Tecnologia, immaginazione e forme del narrare, Between-Journal, IV.8, 2014; “Comunità, intelligenza connettiva e letteratura: dall’open source all’opera aperta in Wu Ming” in Transmedia. Storia, memoria e narrazioni attraverso i media, Ed. C. Brooks, E. Patti, Milano, Mimesis, 2014; “Biografie della memoria e cartografie del desiderio: Fugitive Pieces di Anne Michaels”, Studi Culturali, Il Mulino, Bologna, XI.2, September 2014.


Richard Rathwell

Richard Rathwell is a Canadian and UK citizen, currently a PH.D research student at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, in the field of transcultural literature. He has published several novels and books of poetry. He has been engaged in Development Aid projects for over twenty years mainly in conflict and post conflict areas, but also in policy. His research interests include defining, engaging and critiquing the transcultural novel, related problems of reader response, strategies for transliteral publication, and how transcultural texts elicit enhanced readability, reader engagement and empathy. His research methods involve surveys with practitioners in conflict resolution and with cultural workers and writers in conflict areas. His recent publications include Jump the Devil 2011, 8th House, Montreal; Quicker and Deader, First Intensity, Kansas, 2010; Red the Nile, Blue the Hills Blue Orange, London 2005.


John_Rippey2John Rippey

John Rippey is a native of the U.S. and has lived most of his adult life in Japan. He is Professor in the Department of Intercultural Communications, School of Human Cultures, The University of Shiga Prefecture (from April, 2013). He received a B.A. in American History and Literature from Harvard University (1984), an M.F.A. from New England College (2005), where he translated work of Japanese poet Hagiwara Sakutarō into English, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Lancaster University (2013), where he studied under the poet Paul Farley.  John’s poetry has been described as a space where East and West coalesce, characteristically fusing Japanese visual aesthetics with English formality. His research takes up transcultural dimensions to creative writing, as well. Recently, he has explored nature, landscape, and environmental writing from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. John has also presented and published widely on the use of creative writing in English (as a foreign language) education and has edited several volumes of student creative writing.


AneallaSafdarAnealla Safdar

Anealla is writer and editor. In 2008 she left England for the Gulf where she spent time at organisations including The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, Doha Centre for Media Freedom and Al Jazeera. Her reporting focused in part on documenting the lives of economic migrants, exposing human rights abuses, and narrating the transcultural, class-ridden, transient nature of these fledgling cities. After five years, she returned to complete an MA in Creative Writing Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the Seth Donaldson Memorial bursary. She is now working on her first novel and also runs a fiction project exploring the possibilities of short fiction on digital platforms, Miniature Story.


SauriEmilio Sauri

Emilio is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His research focuses on the relationship between Latin American literature and US fiction as it develops in relation to the political configuration of the global economic system. He has co-edited a collection of essays titled Literary Materialisms (Palgrave, 2013) with Mathias Nilges, as well as special issue of the journal (2014) with Eugenio Di Stefano, and his work has appeared in MLN, Studies in American Fiction, and Twentieth-Century Literature. He is currently at work on a book project on literature and the ends of modernization in the Americas, as well as an edited volume of essays on literature and the global contemporary (with Sarah Brouillette and Mathias Nilges).


SenienSıla Şenlen (Güvenç)

Sıla Şenlen (Güvenç) is currently Assistant Professor at Ankara University-Department of English Language and Literature, where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses focusing on Renaissance English Drama, Modern Drama and Contemporary British Drama. She is the author of two books “Words as Swords”: Verbal Violence as a Construction of Authority in Renaissance and Contemporary English Drama (Ibidem Verlag, 2009) and ‘The World is a Stage, but the Play is Badly Cast’: British Political Satire in the Neo-Classical Period (Turkish, Ankara University, 2014), and various articles on British Drama. She also writes theater reviews for Tiyatro…Tiyatro Magazine. Her research interests include Post-1990 British drama, Turkish Productions of Contemporary British Drama, Early Modern Drama, Representations of the Ottoman Turks in Drama, and Political Satire.


MegMeg Vandermerwe

Meg Vandermerwe did her PhD at Lancaster University and is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of the Western Cape. She has published academic and creative work in South Africa, the UK, the US and Australia. Her two works of fiction to date are, This Place I Call Home (2010) and Zebra Crossing (2013). Zebra Crossing was selected by the Cape Times as one of the ten best South African books published in 2013 and was Long Listed for the 2014 Sunday Times Literary Award. Meg is also on the board of the CMDR (Centre for Multilingualism and Diversities Research) at UWC where her responsibilities include, UWC CREATES, the first multi-lingual Creative Writing programme in South African Higher Education.


VarugheseE. Dawson Varughese

A global cultural studies scholar, E. Dawson Varughese is the author of Beyond The Postcolonial (2012) and Reading New India (2013). She  is currently under contract with Routledge for Genre Fiction of New India: Post-millennial receptions of “weird” narratives. She also works on contemporary Indian visual cultures, in particular Indian graphic novels. 2015 sees the publication of a co-authored volume entitled Indian Writing in English and issues of visual representation (Palgrave) and several essays on graphic narratives as well as genre fiction from New India, including ‘Crick Lit’ (her term) and linguistic style in Indian genre fiction. She is an invited editor for a Special Issue of South Asian Popular Culture, entitled ‘Graphic Novels and Visual Cultures in South Asia’. See her work at: and the KARVAN ‘together we travel’ at:


Sundar Kanta Walker

Sundar was born in a village in East Punjab, India.  There was no provision for education for girls, so she never attended a school or college until she joined Nottingham University aged 18. She married into a Scottish family and came to live in Manchester, working with Pakistani communities, doing grassroots work. She developed an Asian women’s Sewing Co-operative and an Asian Women’s Refuge, ASRA. She worked for the Manchester Education Committee as a district co-ordinator for community education and then an assistant principal to serve the voluntary sector. Her last post was as the head of Chorlton Park Community Education Centre. After taking early retirement she developed a painting studio in the Lake District and also has a base in Manchester. She has written poetry, short stories and fiction. Her first novel Sare Mare was written at the age of 23 but only brought out in 1989.


Harry Whitehead

Harry Whitehead is a novelist and Senior Tutor for Creative Writing at the University of Leicester. He is Deputy Director of The Centre for New Writing and Chair of the Literary Leicester Festival. He sits as an elected member on the Higher Education Committee of the National Association of Writers in Education, is a member of the editorial board of NAWE’s peer reviewed journal, Writing in Practice, and was co-guest editor for the inaugural edition. His first novel, The Cannibal Spirit, is a work of literary historical fiction set among the First Peoples of Canada at the turn of the twentieth century, and is published by Penguin Canada. It has been described as ‘powerful, brave, ambitious’ (The Globe and Mail), ‘a thriller with a Joseph Conradian plot’ (The Walrus), ‘a unique work, compelling, complex, thought-provoking and impressive’ (Quill and Quire). His second novel, titled Nowhere, is about the film business, sex, madness and Psychogeography, and is forthcoming in 2016. Otherwise, he has published short fiction in a variety of contemporary genres, and papers in the fields of creative writing pedagogy, anthropology and history; memory, nostalgia and identity; Native North American & Canadian history and ethnography; and psychoanalysis. Before moving into academia, he worked for many years in film and TV production, and has degrees in social and medical anthropology as well as creative writing.