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


Anna Metcalfe's 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, she was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award. Her first book, a collection of short stories, Blind Water Pass, was published by John Murray in May 2016. Her first novel, Chrysalis, is published by Granta in the UK in 2023. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham, she 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

Innovative projects in prose fiction

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I write prose fiction. My debut novel, Chrysalis, is 'a story about solitude and selfhood, and about the blurred line between self-care and narcissism'.


Recent publications


Metcalfe, A 2023, Chrysalis. Granta Books. <https://granta.com/products/chrysalis/?binding=hardback>

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 2023, 'Circles', Granta, no. 163. <https://granta.com/circles/>

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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