Dr Eley Williams

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Personal profile

I have a background teaching fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction and children's literature at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Alongside the 'Interests' listed below, my research also focuses upon small press publishing, accessibility in the arts, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the connections (both tenacious and tenuous) between theory, creative expression, readership, scholarship and enjoyment.

My critical and creative work has appeared in the London Review of Books, the TLS and the Guardian, and most recently anthologised in The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story, Liberating the Canon: An Anthology of Innovative Fiction, and Modern Queer Poets.

I have published a novel, a collection of short stories, and three chapbooks of prose and poetry. I am the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for my fiction, and became a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

I have written and read work for BBC Radio 3 and 4, and work on a number of national writing judges' panels, including the RSL's Encore Award, the Republic of Consciousness Prize, Spread the Word's London Short Story Prize and the Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize

Research interests

  • Experimental Fiction
  • Practice-based research
  • Short stories
  • Lexicography
  • Esquivalience
  • Homo ludens
  • Uses of the passive voice
  • Digression
  • Mornington Crescent
  • Nonsense literature
  • Queer literature and histories

Other work

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  • The Verb

    Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Participation in radio programme

  • 'Fixed Point'

    Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Participation in radio programme

  • Discussing and leading practice-based workshops

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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