Dr Eley Williams

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Personal profile

Research interests include:

  • short and experimental fiction
  • prose-poetry
  • onomasiology
  • lexicography
  • sesquipedalian studies
  • digression
  • nonsense
  • 'the fictive'
  • queered and queering language. 


A collection of prose, Attrib. and other stories (Influx Press), was awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2018. Stories also appear in the anthologies Best British Short Stories 2018 (Salt), The Penguin Book of the Contemporary British Short Story (Penguin) and Not Here: A Queer Anthology of Loneliness (Pilot Press). A recipient of the Christopher Tower Poetry Prize, a pamphlet Frit is published by Sad Press.


Recent Fellow of the MacDowell Colony, and granted Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018. 


  • Creative Writing MA: Supplementary Discourses
  • EN3225: Children’s Literature
  • EN2215: Creative Writing Structure and Style
  • CW2020: Fiction
  • CW1010: Introduction to Creative Writing

Research interests

  • Experimental Fiction
  • Nineteenth Century Studies
  • Onomasiology
  • Lexicography
  • Conceptual Dictionaries
  • Mountweazels
  • Esquivalience

Investigating interstices between dictionaries, digression, nonsense and 'the fictive'. Particular interest in occurrences of queered and queering language within lexicographical writing and outré dictionary forms.

Educational background

Royal Holloway, University of London

Unclear Definitions: Investigating Dictionaries' Fictitious Entries through Creative and Critical Writing

Critical thesis: "Such a lot of rot": The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold as Commentary to the Creative Drive and 'Writer's Block' Phenomenon

University of Cambridge

Dissertation: Manual Dexterity: Keats as Failed Physician and Ambitious Poet in 'This Living Hand'

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