Staff

Dr James Walters

Dr James Walters

Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies
Head of Department of Film and Creative Writing

Fantasy film and television, film aesthetics and close analysis, television studies, political satire, performance, hollywood, film and television criticism.

Dr Elsa Braekkan Payne

Dr Elsa Braekkan Payne

Lecturer in Creative Writing

The short story, editing theory and practice, cross-disciplinary models of authorship, writing as translation and adaption, autobiogriphical and biographical poetry.

Dr Michelle Devereaux

Dr Michelle Devereaux

Teaching Fellow in Film Studies

My current research examines contemporary American independent film in the context of Romantic philosophy and literature and their relation to modernity. I focus on the aesthetics of the sublime and beautiful and theories of identity, authenticity, and intersubjectivity. I am also interested in feminist film theory and phenomenology, film and emotion, cultural studies, and animal ...

Dr Isabel Galleymore

Dr Isabel Galleymore

Lecturer in Creative Writing

I am a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity. 

Dr Ruth Gilligan

Dr Ruth Gilligan

Lecturer in Creative Writing

I am a bestselling novelist and journalist who joined Birmingham in September 2014. My research interests include world literature, transcultural fiction and Irish studies, with a particular emphasis on structure and form.

Dr Richard House

Dr Richard House

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Award-winning writer of fiction and short film. My interests are in long-form contemporary fiction, from the mid-80s on, which engage, in some way, with larger political or social frameworks.

Dr Luke Kennard

Dr Luke Kennard

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

I am an award-winning poet, critic and writer of fiction, publishing on prose poetry and Absurdism in contemporary poetry.

Dr Richard Langley

Dr Richard Langley

Teaching Fellow in Film

With an academic grounding in American and Canadian Studies, and professional experience of television and film production, I am interested in multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. In particular, I am keen to develop a fusion of theory and practise by way of a multifaceted audio-visual academia that can function as a versatile teaching tool, and as a mode of publication and ...

Dr Alex Marlow-Mann

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Alex Marlow-Mann is a specialist on European (and particularly Italian) cinema with strong interests in regional cinemas, the politics of popular genre cinema, cognitive theory, film and emotion, and film preservation. He is the author of The New Neapolitan Cinema (EUP, 2011), the editor of Archival Film Festivals(StAFS, 2013) and has written numerous articles on cinema from the silent era to ...

Dr Anna Metcalfe

Dr Anna Metcalfe

Lecturer in Contemporary Writing

I am a fiction writer thinking about intercultural encounters, language barriers, human rights narratives, visual art and the articulation of postcolonial space.

Richard O'Brien

Richard O'Brien

Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing

Widely published poet, 2017 Eric Gregory Award winner, and specialist in early modern theatre and the development of verse drama from Shakespeare to the present day. Interested in form, politics, contemporary poetry, and the borderline between critical and creative approaches. I also write plays, and won the 2015 Ben Jonson Journal Discoveries Award for an article on fictional representations of ...

Dr Chris Rose

Dr Chris Rose

Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing

My work focuses on time, memory, short fiction, writing which falls between the boundaries of genre, historical fiction, and histories of recording and photographic technologies. 

Professor Rob Stone

Professor Rob Stone

Chair of European Film
Co-director of B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies

Spanish, Basque, Cuban, European and independent American cinema; further research interests in film theory and the politics of aesthetics, Modernism, Cubism, Surrealism and Spanish and Basque cultural and visual studies.

Dr Dan Vyleta

Dr Dan Vyleta

Senior Lecturer

Dan Vyleta is an award-winning novelist and cultural historian.