About us

The Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research (CTWR) links writers, academics and Lancaster University’s postgraduate student community to extensive research activity in creative writing and its impact on society. It will raise the profile of a range of pre-existing transcultural and intercultural research activity – Moving Manchester, Crossing Borders, Radiophonics, Trans-Scriptions, Regarding War – creating a transnational and interdisciplinary environment that aims to promote the generation and comparative study of creative writing across cultures and of its interactions with different social and cultural contexts.

The activities of the Centre will stimulate and explore creative process – its definition through textual production, mobility, publication, transmission, adaptation, re-writing and translation – and its theoretical and cultural context. The Centre will encompass research-as-practice, action-research projects, study of historical and contemporary creative practice, the innovative application of information technology through e-science and the interrelationship between writing and social change. It will promote critical, pedagogical and theoretical accounts of praxis with special emphasis on cultural exchange between practitioners and with social and political institutions.

What Our Students Say

  • “The Creative Writing PhD at Lancaster has offered me a fantastic opportunity to explore the craft and context of my writing in depth. The apotheosis of Graham Mort’s excellent supervision is not only the fact that I am now published, but that his influence is continuing to shape my my new creative work.”

    Ray Robinson, PhD 2006, shortlisted for James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • “The process at Lancaster goes way beyond the bounds of honing something into commercial acceptability. Many were the times I thought the job was complete only to be told to dig deeper, to go further. Without the PhD process, the novel would not have become the completed whole I now feel it to be.”

    Professor Martin Goodman, PhD 2007, prize-winning author and Director of the Philip Larkin Centre
  • “I wanted to be part of a community of writers from around the world. Lancaster University is fulfilling this… I have learned so much this week about the challenges, hopes and dreams facing the Nigerian and Ugandan students. I will take their aspirations and poetry back to my country to share.”

    Student, DLMA Summer School 2011
  • “The fact that students come from such diverse countries enriched the week greatly…I am going away with the perspectives of so many different people and some concrete ideas for my work, to do with creating other worlds and voices.”

    Student, DLMA Summer School 2010