Dr Zayneb Allak

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Department of English, History & Creative Writing

I write poetry and critical prose. After my completing my undergraduate degree in English Literature, I spent several years working as a teacher in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the UK. When I began my MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University it felt like a dream come true—I loved the opportunity it offered me to take writing seriously and to work closely with fellow students and tutors—so when I was offered a place at NTU to complete a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing I didn’t have to think twice about it!

My poetry has appeared in several journals and my debut pamphlet, Keine Angst, will be published by New Walk Editions in November 2017. My current research draws on contemporary literary theory, and psychoanalytic perspectives in particular, focusing on ways in which the process of writing might be described as uncanny, or at once familiar and strange, intimate and alien. I’m interested in the intersection between creative and critical writing and am now developing a creative-critical book about contemporary literature and the uncanny, as well as completing a full-length collection of poetry.

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