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Jonathan Gibbs

Programme Director - Creative and Professional Writing

About Research

Jonathan joined the Creative and Professional Writing programme in 2016 and was appointed Programme Director the following year, teaching on both the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

He has worked as a journalist since graduation, writing on books for the Guardian, Independent, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times and Times Literary Supplement. He also worked for 15 years as an editor for the website of The Independent, and has experience writing features for a variety of publications and platforms.

His debut novel Randall, or the Painted Grape – a sort of satire about contemporary art and the Young British Artists – was published in 2014 by Galley Beggar Press, and has been translated into French and Dutch. It was longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for a first novel, and shortlisted for the Figaro Prix du Livre de Voyage Urbain.

Jonathan’s stories have been published by Lighthouse, Gorse, Vanguard Editions and The South Circular, and have been anthologised in Best British Short Stories 2014 and 2015, edited by Nicholas Royle. His story ‘The Story I’m Thinking Of’ was shortlisted for the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize in 2013.

Jonathan teaches on modules relating to fiction and short story writing, creative non-fiction and journalism and reviewing. His research is centred around contemporary fiction and teaching creative writing, and he has a particular interest in digital futures for creative writing. He has both used Twitter as a creative writing tool, and written critically about it and other online creative forms. He continues to review and blog on all manner of literary topics, as well as speaking at literary festivals and on radio.

Jonathan has an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from the University of East Anglia, where his thesis comprised of a version of Randall and a critical essay, Beyond Ekphrasis: The Role and Function of Artworks in the Novels of Don DeLillo.


Research

Research Interests

  • Contemporary fiction
  • Creative writing pedagogy
  • Digital writing
  • The cultural industries

Publications

Fiction
  • The Large Door, novel (Norwich: Boiler House Press, 2019)
  • Randall, or the Painted Grape, novel (Norwich: Galley Beggar Press, 2014; also available in Dutch translation from Podium, Amsterdam, and in French translation from Buchet/Chastel, Paris)
  • ‘But Funny: Geoff Dyer and Comic Writing’, in The Threepenny Review #150 (Winter 2015: Berkeley, California)
  • ‘Southampton’, story; in #1 Short Story Anthology (Vanguard Editions, October 2015)
  • ‘blue, unpleasant land’, fiction; commissioned creative response to the 2015 General Election result, 3ammagazine.com
  • ‘Festschrift’, (Gorse, September 2014; anthologised in The Best British Short Stories 2015, Norwich: Salt, 2015)
  • ‘The Faber Book of Adultery’, (Lighthouse, Issue 1, Norwich: Gatehouse Press, 2013; anthologised in The Best British Short Stories 2014, Norwich: Salt, 2014; The Barcelona Review)
  • ‘Bees/Lake’, story; in South Circular (Issue 7, 2013)
  • ‘The Story I’m Thinking Of’ (The White Review) shortlisted for inaugural White Review Prize 2013.
Academic papers
  • ‘The Erotics of Flesh and Sex in the Sixties’, at Brigid Brophy Anniversary Conference, University of Northampton, October 2015
  • ‘Reverse Ekphrasis in The Body Artist’, at Don DeLillo: The State of Fiction, University of Sussex, June 2015
  • ‘But Funny: Geoff Dyer and Comic Writing’, at Colours of Memory: an International Conference on the Writing of Geoff Dyer, Birkbeck, University of London, July 2014
  • ‘You Can’t Write That! Creative-Critical Writing in the Academy’, at The CHASE Creative/Critical Writing Conference, UEA 2012.
  • ‘The Other Side of The Mirror: Strategies in Fictitious Biographies’, at History, Mystery and Myth, the 2009 Postgraduate Biography Conference at UEA.