Steering Group of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research

Co-Director of the Centre: Graham Mort, Professor of Creative Writing and Transcultural Literature, Department of English & Creative Writing

Graham is a distance learning specialist and designed and ran the British Council Crossing Borders mentoring scheme for African writers (2001-2006).  He was the UK adviser and designer for the British Council Beyond Borders literature festival (Kampala 2005), designed and piloted Radiophonics, a new British Council radio-writing project in East/West Africa, and was a co-applicant on Moving Manchester. Other academic research has focused on emergent African writing, eLearning and the pedagogy of Creative Writing. He has published seven collections of poetry and also writes short fiction and radio drama.



Co-Director of the Centre: Charlotte Baker, Lecturer in French, Department of European Languages and Cultures

Charlotte’s research interests centre on the study of contemporary Francophone and Anglophone African literature. She is currently working on a monograph examining the critical engagement of post-independence West African writers with dictatorship and collaborating on a research project on multilingualism in the Francophone world. Charlotte’s research interests also include the representation of marginalised groups in sub-Saharan Africa and she has published widely on the realities and representations of people with albinism.



Rebecca Braun, Lecturer in German Studies

Rebecca’s research focuses on authorship – the different ways authors are constructed in literary texts, as well as in wider social, cultural, and political contexts. Her specialism is in 20th and 21st century German-speaking Europe, but she has also worked comparatively on European and North American constructions of literary celebrity. Broader questions surrounding the relationship between the media and the culture industry, self-presentation, and notions of cultural value in the contemporary world underpin her work.


Roger Bromley, Visiting Professor, Department of English & Creative Writing

Roger Bromley is Emeritus Professor of Cultural Studies and Honorary Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham and has recently been appointed Visiting Professor with the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster. He will work closely with the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research. Author of the seminal work, Narratives for a New Belonging, Roger is currently working on a new book, Narratives of Hope? Conflict, Reconciliation and Cultural Forms (with reference to Bosnia, Rwanda and South Africa). He is also involved with a project on the representation of migration and displacement in cinematic forms, provisionally entitled People on the Move: Narratives of Displacement and Belonging.

Robert Crawshaw, Senior Lecturer
Department of European Languages and Cultures

Robert teaches in the Department of European Languages and Cultures, where he specialises in the study of comparative literature and intercultural communication.  He has acted as a consultant to the European Commission and directs the Interculture Project and the ESRC funded Pragmatics and Intercultural Communications Project.  He has also directed the IAS Annual Research Programme 2006-07: Regions and Regionalism In and Beyond Europe. He is part of the project team of Moving Manchester and his current academic interests are mainly in the area of transcultural narratives – writing which defines the experience of crossing cultural boundaries or living between cultures.


Cornelia_GrabnerCornelia Gräbner, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, Department of European Languages and Cultures

Cornelia Graebner was trained in the discipline of Comparative Literature. She works on contemporary performance poetry with a focus on its intercultural aspects, on critical and cultural theory, and on politically committed contemporary literature, especially in Latin America. Her work on critical and cultural theory includes the enquiry into the academic use of concepts related to interculturality, for example mobility, hybridity, and transnationalism.



InesInés Gregori Labarta, PhD student, Department of English & Creative Writing 

Inés is a Creative Writing PhD student working on a trilogy of novellas that explore the connections between Ireland and Spain. Her interests are the novella as a form, multilingualism, unreliable narrators, Magic Realism, Gothic and Science-Fiction. She has published a collection of YA novels and has another two novellas – Literary Fiction and Gothic Horror – on the way. Her short fiction has been published and awarded. She is part of a radio programme called The Writing Life and collaborates organising the Northwest Literary Salon in Lancaster. She blogs on a weekly basis on Worderlust. She works as a Spanish tutor and translator on a freelance basis. She has also organised Creative Writing workshops with Lancaster University.


Ian Gregory, Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Before coming to Lancaster, Ian was the Associate Director of Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at the Queens University, Belfast. In September 2006 he joined FASS to lead a new initiative in Digital Humanities. He is on the editorial boards of Social Science History and Historical Methods, is serving his second term as co-chair of the Social Science History Associations‘s Historical Geography network, and is on the Institutional Board and Technical Steering Committee of the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative.


Zoe Lambert, Lecturer, Department of English & Creative Writing

Zoe’s research in creative writing is in short fiction and short stories, as well as linked short story collections, novels in stories and composite novels. She is also interested in war writing and trauma. Her current creative research is in the novel and disability, as well as merging genre(s) and literary fiction. In addition to teaching at Lancaster University, she has, since 2005, worked as an associate lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, The University of Bolton and Edge Hill University. She has also facilitated creative writing workshops around Manchester and the North West on a freelance basis. Her most recent workshop was with English PEN and Help for Heroes at Tedworth House recovery centre. Over the past few years she has published her short stories widely in the UK. Her sequence of short stories was published by Comma Press in 2006, and her full length collection of short stories, The War Tour, was published in 2011. Zoe is running a creative writing project in Manchester in May and June 2015 with a group of young carers, supported by Family Action and Writing on the Wall Festival. A pamphlet of the participants’ work will be launched during Carers Week in June.


Lindsey Moore, Senior Lecturer, Department of English & Creative Writing

Lindsey works in the field of postcolonial studies, with a particular focus on women’s writing, film, and visual media. Her first book, Arab, Muslim, Woman: Voice and Vision in Postcolonial Literature and Film (Routledge, May 2008) discusses a wide range of Arab women’s literary and visual texts in English, French and translation from Arabic, using the postcolonial as a frame to problematise feminism and nationalism as well as monolingual and single disciplinary frameworks. She has wider interests in postcolonial, particularly South Asian and British-Asian, literatures, and is beginning research on a new project entitled ‘Modernism at the Margins’. She is the co-organiser of the Trans-Scriptions series.



Lauren Randall, Postgraduate student in English Literature

Lauren is currently undertaking an MA in English Literary Studies, for which her main areas of research are the Gothic, cinematic adaptation and the identity traumas inherent in both. Her next project will be her PhD thesis which will focus upon contemporary American Gothic and its engagement with spatial cognition, interculturality, tourism (specifically holidaymaking) and consumerism. The aim of this particular project is to challenge the preconceptions of what constitutes the American Gothic space whilst simultaneously analysing the spatial and cultural cognition of contemporary America. Lauren is also reviewer-in-residence for Crimeculture: