New writing in contemporary poetry and fiction, emergent African writing, transcultural writing, pedagogy of Creative Writing, eLearning, literature development project design and delivery.
Composition in fiction and poetry, especially with transcultural emphasis
MA in Creative Writing
PhD supervision in Creative Writing
Freelance writer and artist in education 1986-2002
Course Leader in Creative Writing, Open College of the Arts 1990-1999
Director of Studies, Open College of the Arts 1999-2000
Project Leader for British Council African writing development projects 2001 -
Lecturer in Creative Writing, Lancaster University, 2002 -
A former freelance writer, Graham Mort has worked as a poetry specialist, educational writer, editor, and tutor in a wide range of settings throughout the UK and overseas. Formerly Director of Studies for the Open College of the Arts, he is a Distance Learning and eLearning specialist. He is director of the PhD programme in Creative Writing at Lancaster and convenes the distance learning MA, designing new eLearning provision for postgraduate programmes. As part of the AHRC-funded Creative Exchange project based at Lancaster, Graham has worked with the Digital Fiction Factory, BBC Learning and digital designers Atomhawk and Desq to create interactive digital protoypes derived from existing BBC programmes for user-testing.
Graham was project leader of the British Council/Lancaster University African writers mentoring scheme, Crossing Borders (2001-2006). He was then the consultant and designer of a new British Council/Lancaster University project in Africa, Radiophonics (2006-2009), which developed new writing for radio in partnership with Nigerian and Ugandan FM stations. African research projects have has taken him to Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, S. Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria in recent years. He was the UK adviser for, the Beyond Borders pan-African literature festival in Uganda in October 2005, an event hosted by the British Council and involving writers from the UK and 17 African countries. Graham was Chief Guest at the Femrite 'Reading Uganda' festival in 2010 and has continued to work with this writers' association on writing and editorial training projects. Graham has won Lancaster University 'Community' and 'Communications and Media' staff prizes for his work in Africa.
Graham is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. His research interests include contemporary fiction and poetry, eLearning, literature development project design, emergent African writing and narratives of diaspora. He was a co-applicant on the ongoing Moving Manchester research project, which received an AHRC award of £365,000 to research the writings of migrant communities in Greater Manchester since 1960. Graham is director of the Centre for Transcultural Writing and Research which hosts the new Tran-Scriptions seminar series Writing for Liberty on writing, politics, location and culture, linking academic research to readings by contemporary writers - these will take place throughout 2012-14. He is a steering group member for the AHRC-funded research project 'The Author and the World' (PI Dr. Rebecca Braun) and will participtae in a series of linked colloquia involving the African Studies Group and the Poetry in Public Places project throughout 2013/4.
Graham's first collection of poems, A Country on Fire, won a major Eric Gregory award from the Society of Authors; Circular Breathing, was a Poetry Book Society recommendation. A new collection of poems, Visibility: New & Selected Poems, was published by Seren in 2007. He has also written short fiction and radio drama for BBC Radio 4 and performed his work at literature festivals and venues throughout the UK and overseas. He was winner of the Bridport International Short Story Prize, 2007; a collection of his short fiction, 'Touch', was published by Seren in March 2010 and won the Edge Hill Prize for a collection of short fiction in 2011. A new Collection of poems, 'Cusp', was published by Seren in 2011. His work has been translated into Turkish, Greek and Vietnamese. In June 2013 his poem 'The Fetching' was featured as poem of the week in the Guardian Online:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jun/10/the-fetching-graham-mort-poem-week
Guardian Review of Visibility: 'New & Selected Poems'
Graham's Entry on the UK Contemporary Writers Website
Crossing Borders African Writing Project
Radiophonics African Writing Project