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Jenn Ashworth

Senior Lecturer

Jenn Ashworth

County College



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 have recenty completed a novel 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 more generally. I am also interested 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, Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales, Bus StationL Unbound, The Barrow Rapture and Congregation of Innocents: Five Curious Tales.

PhD supervision

I am interested in seeing proposals on fiction - the novel / short story collections, creative non fiction - personal / lyric essays, memoir, autobiographies, creative/critical and hybrid forms. I am particularly interested in projects that engage with a 'sense of place' (including the no-place of cyberspace), first person fiction / non-fiction and the instability / unreliability this mode of story-telling engenders, projects that merge fiction with memoir and autobiographical writing or documentary, or ones which use epistolary forms. I am also interested in LDS fiction and fiction non/fiction that engages with religion and religious experience more generally.

Current Teaching

I teach undergraduate modules in narrative and new media and the novel / long form prose fiction. I teach MA modules in prose fiction, creative non fiction and the personal essay.

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. My next novel, Fell, will be published by Sceptre in 2016.

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

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Current Research

My current research projects include the development of a collection of lyric essays exploring trauma (specifically trauma related to or as a result of childbirth), ghosts, creative practice and religious experience.  These essays will fuse literary criticism (in particular on the works of Margery Kempe, Charlotte Perkins Gillman and John Bunyan), life writing, auto-fiction and critical reflection on form and process in an attempt to create a 'trauma aesthetic'.

Professional Role

I am the Web Officer and the Director of Postgraduate Studies in Creative Writing.

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

PGCert Academic Practice (2014) Lancaster University

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Published

    The Least of These

    Ashworth, J. M. 1/11/2017 In : The Lonely Crowd. November , 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Forthcoming

    Mrs Mackie Waits

    Ashworth, J. M. 20/09/2017 In : Mechanics Institute Review 2017. 2017, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Published

    Dinner for One

    Ashworth, J. M. 19/10/2017 Ghosts of Christmas Past: A Chilling Collection of Modern and Classic Christmas Ghost Stories. Martin, T. (ed.). London: Hodder and Stoughton

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

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