Steering Group

Steering Group of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research

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.

Director of Web Development
Lee Horsley, Reader, Department of English & Creative Writing

Lee has worked increasingly in recent years on web design and eLearning in relation to creative writing pedagogy and interdisciplinary, transcultural uses of virtual space.  Her research work focuses on crime fiction as a vehicle for counter-cultural protest and socio-political critique (The Noir Thriller, 2001, reissued 2009; Twentieth-Century Crime Fiction, 2005); she co-edited The Blackwell Companion to Crime Fiction (2010), which is both cross-cultural in content and cross-disciplinary in its arguments, drawing in the diverse disciplinary affiliations of crime fiction study.


Muli Amaye, PhD student, Department of English & Creative Writing

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.


Charlotte Baker, Lecturer in French, Department of European Languages and Cultures

Charlotte’s research interests centre on the comparative study of twentieth-century French and Francophone African literature and culture, with a particular interest in the representation of marginalised groups in society.  Her research draws on recent developments in postcolonial theory, as well as theories of the body and identity.  Her current project, an edited volume, Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image (Peter Lang, 2008 – Forthcoming) demonstrates her commitment to interdisciplinarity.


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.


David Cooper, ERC Senior Research Associate, History

David Cooper’s interdisciplinary research focuses on critical literary geographies, with particular emphases on Romantic landscape writing and post-war/contemporary poetry of space and place. He also works in the field of digital humanities and is currently Senior Research Associate on ‘Spatial Humanities: Texts, GIS, Places’ ( a major literary mapping project funded by the European Research Council. He has taught literary studies at the universities of Lancaster, Cumbria and Salford, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He also has extensive experience of working in the literature development sector and served as Project Manager (UK) on the ‘Crossing Borders’ project between 2004 and 2005.


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.


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.


Kate Horsley, Teaching Associate, Department of English & Creative Writing

Kate is a research associate and web designer for CTWR who lives in Manchester.  She has taught literature and writing on both sides of the Atlantic, in a small school outside Kampala and in refugee camps in Gulu and Lira, Northern Uganda. Her poems and stories have been published in magazines and anthologies, including Storyglossia, Erbacce, Seventh Quarry, Ravenglass and Momaya Press.  Her first novel, The Monster’s Wife, is is due out in paperback and eBook in June 2014. She has worked as researcher for the Radiophonics project, co-curated the ‘Writing Manchester’ exhibition at Manchester Central Library and designed the Lancaster/Uganda Friends Writing Project, Regarding War and Grassroutes web galleries.


Lindsey MooreLecturer, 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.


Lynne_Pearce2Lynne Pearce, Professor of Literary Theory and Women’s Writing, Department of English & Creative Writing

Lynne is the Project Director of Moving Manchester:Mediating Marginalities. Her teaching and research have been mainly in the field of feminist literary theory, but with wide-ranging historical and disciplinary interests. Particular thematic concerns have been in ‘the politics of reading’, feminist re-scriptings of romance, and national / regional literature(s) and identities within the UK. Her most recent books are The Rhetorics of Feminism : Readings in Contemporary Cultural Theory and the Popular Press (Routledge, 2004) and Romance Writing (Polity, 2007).


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:


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