Currently Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London. Devised and taught the University of East Anglia-Guardian six month fiction writing course, ‘How to Tell a Story’ for four seasons from 2011 to 2015.

Selected international writer/teaching residencies include:
  • The Montgomery Fellow & Visiting Professor, Dartmouth College, USA (2015)
  • Creative Writing Course, University of Muenster, Germany (2011)
  • British Council, Writer-in-Residence, Virginia, USA (2007)
  • British Council, (course for young women), Saudi Arabia (2006)
  • British Council, (course for university professors) Morocco (2005)
  • British Council, Writer-in-Residence, Georgetown Uni., Washington DC  (2005)
  • Visiting Tutor, MA Creative Writing, City University, London, UK (2004-2008)
  • British Council, (Young writers’ course), Egypt (2004)
  • British Council, (Women writers’ course), Libya (2004)
  • Writing Fellow, University of East Anglia, UK (2002)
  • Visiting Professor, Barnard College/Columbia University, NY, USA (2002)
  • British Council, University of the Western Cape, South Africa (2000)
  • British Council, (Women writers’ course), Zimbabwe (1999)
  • Visiting Professor, SUNY Binghamton, New York State, USA (1999)
  • Writer-in-Residence, Museum of London, UK (1998)

2013            Teaching Mentor of the winner of the Arvon Hollick Caribbean Writers’ Prize
2012            Teaching Mentor on the Writers Centre Norwich Escalator Scheme
2012            Teaching Mentor on the Spread the Word Flight programme
2010-11       Teaching Mentor on the Arvon Mentoring Scheme
2008-           Creative Writing Fellow at Oxford Brookes University

2008-10       Visiting Tutor,  Creative & Life Writing MA at Goldsmith’s
2003            Writing Fellow, University of East Anglia

Also mentored writers on a private basis from 1995-2011.