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Creative Writing: First Novel staff details

Russell-SchechterDr Russell Schechter

Dr Russell Schechter is the author of seven published novels and over 20 short stories. His work in genre fiction has been acclaimed by Michael Marshall Smith and Kim Newman. In a long teaching career, Russell has taught at the universities of Cornell, Southern California and Roehampton.

His novels have been published in the US by St Martin’s Press and Robinson in the UK. Russell is also a regular contributor to Mammoth and Gollancz collections of horror and fantasy.

Russell has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award.

jonathan-gibbDr Jonathan Gibbs

Jonathan Gibbs is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Randall, or The Painted Grape (Galley Beggar Press), and The Large Door (Boiler House Press), and has been translated into French and Dutch. Randall was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and shortlisted for the Figaro Prix du Livre de Voyage Urbain.

His short stories have appeared in Gorse, South Circular and Lighthouse and on The White Review, and have been anthologised in Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, and in Vanguard's #1 Short Story Anthology. He has reviewed books widely, including for The Guardian and The Times Literary Supplement, and has judged the the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize and the Manchester Fiction Prize. He also curates the online short story project A Personal Anthology.

Jonathan has a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia, and has taught Creative Writing there as well as for the Kingston Writing School/British Council in Athens, the National Academy of Writing and at the LSE Literary Festival.

He blogs at and tweets as @tiny_camels.

sharlene-teoVisiting lecturer: Dr Sharlene Teo

Sharlene Teo was born in Singapore in 1987. She has an LLB in Law from the University of Warwick and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia, where she received the Booker Prize Foundation Scholarship and the David TK Wong Creative Writing award.

In 2016, she won the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writer’s Award for Ponti, her first novel, which was published by Picador in 2018.