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., Wash. DC  (2005)
  • Visiting Tutor, MA Creative Writing, City Uni, London, (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        Mentor, Arvon Hollick Caribbean Writers’ Prize
2012        Mentor, Writers Centre Norwich Escalator Scheme
2012        Mentor, Spread the Word Flight programme
2010-11   Mentor, Arvon Mentoring Scheme
Creative Writing Fellow, Oxford Brookes University
2008-10    Visiting Tutor, Creative & Life Writing MA at Goldsmith’s

Mentored writers on a private basis from 1995-2011.


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