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Jenn Ashworth


Jenn Ashworth


Tel: +44 1524 592354

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Summer term: office hours are by appointment only. Please email me.

Research overview

My main areas of interest are long prose fiction and the short story. My recent work has concentrated on the unreliable or limited narrator and on LDS fiction. I am currently working on a piece of long fiction in the first person omnicient point of view that engages with ideas about healing, transformation, haunting and masculinity.

New areas of interest include gaming and interactivity, digital storytelling projects and narrative and new media generally. I am working on The Barrow Rapture, a web-only, exploded graphic novel project, and Bus Station: Unbound, a fully interactive novel in the shape of a bus station.

I am interesting in writing industries and new routes into publication for writers, collaborative work, and the way writers and other creative practitioners work together. With this in mind, in 2013 I co-founded the writers' and artists' collective, Curious Tales, which allows practioners to work together to create, produce and deliver creative works. So far we have published the illustrated anthologies: The Longest Night: Five Curious Tales, and Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales.

PhD supervision

Fiction - the novel / short story collections. I am particularly interested in projects that engage with a 'sense of place' (including the no-place of cyberspace), first person fiction and the instability / unreliability this mode of story-telling engenders, that cross over with memoir and autobiographical writing, or use epistolary forms. I am also interested in LDS fiction and fiction that engages with religion and religious experience more generally.

Current Teaching

I convene CREW 307: Narrative and new Media and the Campus MA (CREW 900). I also convene CREW 401 - the MA Prose Fiction unit.

Career Details

I studied English at Newnham College, Cambridge and took my MA in Creative Writing at the Centre for New Writing, Manchester University. I started my career in libraries, working at the Bodleian library, Oxford University as well as in public libraries and prison libraries in Lancashire as a chartered librarian with a specialist interest in reader development and writing industries work.

From there, I went on to become a freelance writer, literature development and project worker, setting up the Lancashire Writing Hub and developing other writing development projects across the North West.

I have lectured at UCLAN, held a Writing Research Fellowship at Manchester University's Centre for New Writing and most recently, joined the Department of English and Creative Writing here at Lancaster in 2011.

My first novel, A Kind of Intimacy, won a Betty Trask Award. On the publication of my second, Cold Light, I was featured on the BBC's Culture Show as one of Britain's 12 best new novelists. My third novel, The Friday Gospels was published in 2013 and is currently being developed into a television series.

As well as writing novels and short stories, I also review contemporary literary fiction for The Guardian and am the co-founder of the writers' and artists' collective, Curious Tales.

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Current Research

Currently I am working on a novel (provisionally titled FELL ) set in the North West of England, August 1963.


Professional Role

Currently I am part of the ICT team in the department which means I am responsible for updating the website, assisting the department with its social media presence and updating the virtual learning environments for all Creative Writing courses. I also assist with undergraduate admissions.

Thesis Title

Preaching to the Choir: Writing and Uncertainty in a Mormon Context


BA hons English Literature (2003) Newnham College, University of Cambridge

MA Creative Writing (2006) Centre for New Writing, Manchester University

PhD Creative Writing (2013) Lancaster University


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