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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Dr Naomi Booth, PhD, MA, BA (Hons)

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Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies

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I read English at the University of Cambridge and completed an MA and PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex. My AHRC-sponsored research project aimed to produce a literary history of swooning, and I'm particularly interested in the intersections between creative and critical prose work. I previously lectured in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sussex and at York St John University, where I was Subject Director for Creative Writing.

My first work of fiction, The Lost Art of Sinking (Penned in the Margins, 2015), is an experimental novella focussing on a character's compulsion to pass out, which developed from my research on literary swooning. My debut novel, Sealed (Dead Ink, 2017), is a work of eco-horror that explores pregnancy and environmental contamination. I have written for the New York Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio 3 and Propsect Magazine

My research continues to focus on literary depictions of the body, and I have broad interests in contemporary fiction, literary theory, ecology and environmental writing, and northern writing/publishing. I was recently commissioned to re-write the Yorkshire folktale of the boggart for the original short fiction series HAG, and am interested in regional myths and story-telling.  

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2019: External Examiner for MA Creative Writing, University of Birmingham
  • Selected for Best British Stories 2019 (Salt), short story 'Cluster'
  • Invited judge for Reflex Flash Fiction Award
  • 2018: Named a Guardian Fresh Voice: Writers to Read Now
  • Shortlisted for the Not the Booker Award for Sealed
  • Longlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award and Galley Beggars Short Story Prize for 'Cluster'
  • Invited judge for the Storgy Shallow Creek competition
  • 2017: Selected for New Writing North's Read Regional Campaign
  • Invited judge for the Bare Fiction Flash Fiction Award
  • 2016: External Examiner MA in Crime Fiction, University of East Anglia (2016-19)
  • Winner of the Saboteur Award for Best Novella for The Lost Art of Sinking
  • 2010: granted full AHRC doctoral funding

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