Philippa Holloway

Graduate Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Candidate

Department of English, History & Creative Writing

I joined Edge Hill in 2015 after completing an MA in Creative Writing at Bangor University and working as a private healthcare/creative writing tutor and independent writer/researcher for five years.

My short fiction has been published in in the UK, USA, South Africa and Australia in literary journals and magazines such as LitroAscentCommunionBukker Tillibul and New Contrast, My creative non-fiction entry, Energy Crisis – A Memoir of Summer, was highly commended in the 2015 New Welsh Writing Awards, an extract of which was published in the New Welsh Reader #108. Between November 2014 and December 2015 I curated a special feature for The New Welsh Reader entitled ‘Power in the Land?’ that consists of collective research between myself, a group of local poets and the X10 Power in the Land Art collaboration and which includes my essay ‘Follow the Pylons’. This was published in the New Welsh Reader # 111

I recently won a prize in the 2017 Fish Publishing competition for “Undetermined”, which is published in their 2017 anthology, and have recently had work short/longlisted for The Scythe Prize, The RA Pin Drop Award, the H.E. Bates Competition and the Strands International.

For my funded doctoral thesis I am writing a novel examining the way in which perceptions of nuclear power and its associated dangers within the landscape are affected by multimedia narratives and personal experience, with specific focus on Wylfa and Chernobyl.

In addition to creative work I am an active researcher in creative writing theory and practice and regularly give conference papers to disseminate my current research and developing poetics. I have a chapter in the Cambridge Scholars Press publication Exploring Creative Writing which examines the role of plagiarism as a creative act. I helped launch the UK Creative Writing PhD Network in partnership with the National Association for Writers in Education (NAWE).

I currently teach undergraduate Creative Writing modules in long and short form fiction and help facilitate the Edge Hill Prize for Short Fiction with Prof Ailsa Cox.

Research interests:

  • Cultural impact of landscape and digital technology on the act of writing.
  • Palimpsests
  • Psychogeography
  • Inter- and intra-textuality
  • Plagiarism as a writerly act
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