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Centre for Creative Writing

Wild Writing blog

Find out more about our MA Wild Writing course by reading Wildeasters, a nature writing blog which contains contributions from current and former students on literature, landscape, the environment and the natural world.

Creative writing at Essex focuses on the practice and theory of becoming a writer. Since our department's inception in the 1960s under the poet Donald Davie, we have nurtured a tradition of distinguished writers, who have shaped literature as we know it. These include Robert Lowell, Michèle Roberts, Ken Smith, Tom Raworth, Ed Dorn, Ben Okri, Pierre Joris and Ted Berrigan.

The modern-day Centre for Creative Writing consists of writers with a unique breadth of experience across literary genres, from novels, prose and plays, to poetry and song.

Memory Maps

Memory Maps is an online writing project delivered by the Centre for Creative Writing which began as a collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum. It explores the relationship between people and place, and objects which are associated with place. It continues to provide opportunities for students to contribute writing about place.


Poetry collection by Emeritus Professor Angela Livingstone published

A newly published collection of poetry by Emeritus Professor Angela Livingstone of our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies features poems written over a 30-year period.

'Orford Ness is full of stories' Elizabeth Kuti on playwriting

With her play Fishskin Trousers being revived for a four-week run at the Park Theatre in London, Elizabeth Kuti talks about her inspirations, the process of bringing a play to the stage and how her experience as a professional actor helps the writing process.

'We’re sorry but we quite like it here.' Exploring English identity through poetry and song

In the poems and songs of a new book and CD album, Dr Adrian May takes a wry, left-wing look at the vexed questions of English identity, ranging from the comic to the poignant with “Nobody hates the English as much as they hate themselves”.

Essex student’s tasty prize-winning story impresses Mary Berry and Philip Pullman

A dark fairy tale has won Essex PhD student Nicky Winder the top prize of £10,000 in an international food writing competition and enthusiastic praise from the judging panel which included legendary Great British Bake Off presenter Mary Berry and leading writer Philip Pullman.

Centre members

See our individual academic staff profiles for information about our members' research interests and publications:

Our academic staff

Our academic staff

Our academic staff are internationally recognised for their expertise across literature, film, creative writing and drama. Find out more by reading their staff profiles.

Research excellence

Research excellence

Three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014). We do both creative and critical work across genres and media forms using a distinctly comparative approach.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Doctoral training


Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.