Kate Pullinger is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media. She leads the Digital Writing PhD group. Pullinger writes novels, short stories, and digital fiction, including transmedia collaborative works. Her novel, The Mistress of Nothing, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary prize, in 2009. In 2014 as part of the 14-18 NOW WW1 centenary commissions she created ‘Letter to An Unknown Soldier’ with Neil Bartlett; 22,000 people wrote letters for this digital war memorial. Her digital fiction, Inanimate Alice, has won numerous prizes and accolades and has become a leading title in the field of digital literacy and pedagogy. Her new novel, Landing Gear, expands and augments the story of her digital work, Flight Paths.www.katepullinger.com
Staff profile: Professor Kate Pullinger
Philip Hensher’s novels include Kitchen Venom, The Mulberry Empire, The Northern Clemency, King of the Badgers and Scenes from Early Life. They have won or been shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Prize and others. His new novel, The Emperor Waltz, is published by 4th Estate in 2014.Staff profile: Dr Philip Hensher
Steve May has won awards for drama, poetry and fiction. He has been judge for the Sony and Imison Radio Awards, and the Ravenglass Poetry Competition. He serves as external examiner for the MA Creative Writing at Southampton University and has acted as external validator for creative writing programmes at BCUC, NEWI, UCC, the University of Hertfordshire, Southampton Solent University, Brunel University, the University of Central England, and Middlesex University. His book for undergraduates(Doing Creative Writing) was published in 2007. In 2011 he became chair of the National Association of Writers in Education HE Committee. He is an active member of the School Contemporary Writing Research Centre: a specially commissioned and translated version of his play Chess Wars was broadcast in Germany in 2006. His prophetic play, Horizon, was broadcast in 2008, and eight plays in the Higher series (written as Joyce Bryant) have been broadcast between 2008 and 2012. He is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College.Staff profile: Professor Steve May
Naomi Alderman is Professor of Creative Writing and Digital Media. She’s published three literary novels: Disobedience, The Lessons and The Liars’ Gospel for which she’s won numerous awards including the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year and the Orange New Writers’ Award. In 2013, she was selected for Granta’s once-a-decade list of Best of Young British Novelists. Her games work includes being lead writer on the groundbreaking alternate reality game Perplex City. She’s the lead writer and co-creator with Six to Start of award-winning, million-selling iPhone game Zombies, Run!, Zombies, Run! 2 and Zombies, Run! 5k as well as the new game The Walk, developed in conjunction with the Department of Health.Staff profile: Professor Naomi Alderman
Ian Gadd specialises in the literature and history of the sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. He considers himself both a bibliographer and book historian, and is particularly interested in the ways in which printed texts were produced and circulated, the economics of the early modern English book trade, and the critical editing of literary and non-literary works from that period. He also has research interests in the cultural history of early modern London, the digitisation of printed books, and in the digital humanities more broadly. He is a General Editor of the Cambridge Works of Jonathan Swift and President of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. He edited and contributed to the new History of Oxford University Press, the first three volumes of which was published in November 2013.
Hongji Yang’s current research interests include Software Engineering and Creative Computing. He received his BSc and MPhil from Jilin University, China in 1982 and 1985 respectively, and hid PhD from Durham University, UK. He served as a Programme Co-Chair at IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance 1999 (ICSM ’99) and is serving as the Programme Chair at IEEE Computer Software and Application Conference 2002 (COMPSAC’02). He is chief editor of the International Journal of Creative Computing. He has published five books and well over 300 papers in Software Engineering, Computer Networking and Creative Computing. He is Deputy Director of The Centre for Creative Computing at Bath Spa University.
Stella Wisdom is a professional librarian, chartered since 2006 and with 16 years experience in UK research libraries. Currently Stella is a Digital Curator at the British Library, where her role explores, evaluates and promotes new methods of research and creativity using both born digital content and digitised cultural heritage collections.
In 2013 Stella co-founded with GameCity a competition for Higher Education videogame design students called Off the Map, where students are challenged to create videogames, digital environments and interactive narratives inspired by British Library collections. Stella has also worked on AHRC funded collaborative projects, such as Playing Beowulf with University College London’s Institute of Education. This initiative developed a digital game-authoring tool based on the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf, for use by schools and universities, curators and library visitors. Furthermore, Stella has managed two CreativeWorks London funded Creative Entrepreneurs-in-Residence: Sarah Cole who created a geolocation poetry app called Poetic Places and Rob Sherman who was Interactive Fiction Writer-in-Residence for the British Library’s Lines in the Ice Exhibition about arctic exploration.