Dr Anna Metcalfe

Dr Anna Metcalfe

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Writing

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Anna Metcalfe is a short story writer and novelist. Her story collection, Blind Water Pass, includes the story 'Number Three', shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award. Her debut novel, Chrysalis, will be published in 2023.


  • BA English and Related Literatures, The University of York
  • MA Creative Writing (Prose Fiction), The University of East Anglia
  • PhD Creative and Critical Writing, The University of East Anglia


My short stories have been published in Lighthouse JournalTenderThe Best of British Short StoriesThe Dublin Review, The Short Anthology and The Lonely Crowd among other places. In 2014, I was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award. My first book, a collection of short stories, Blind Water Pass, was published by John Murray in May 2016. In the summer of 2017, I was writer in residence at Organhaus Art Gallery in Chongqing, China. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, I taught literature, creative writing and critical theory at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.


First year

  • Contemporary Creative Writing

Second year

  • Editing

Third year

  • Creative Writing Project


  • MA Creative Writing Dissertation

Postgraduate supervision

I would be interested in seeing proposals regarding short stories, interculturality, human rights narratives and fiction in translation (especially from French and Mandarin).

Find out more - our PhD Creative Writing  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


I write prose fiction with an intercultural slant. My first novel, The Asteroid Hotel, follows a group of international artists inhabiting an abandoned hotel in central China. In my short stories, I’ve tried to think about what it means to live within global capitalism and the kinds of intercultural encounters this enables and precludes. 


Recent publications


Metcalfe, A 2016, Blind Water Pass. JM Originals, John Murray. <https://www.johnmurraypress.co.uk/titles/anna-metcalfe/blind-water-pass/9781473631823/?v2=true>


Metcalfe, A 2018, 'Tonic', The Dublin Review, vol. Spring 2018, no. 70.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Metcalfe, A 2019, Start Again. in The Bridport Prize 2019 Anthology. Redcliffe Press, pp. 45-56.

Other contribution

Metcalfe, A 2017, A Hope on the Wall. Seam Editions.

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