Dr Naomi Booth, PhD, MA, BA (Hons)
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
- Booth, N. (2017). Sealed. Dead Ink Books (UK); Titan (US).
- Booth, N. (2015). The Lost Art of Sinking. Penned in the Margins.
- (2015). Dark Ecology and Queer Amphibious Vampires. Undercurrents: journal of critical environmental studies (19): 51-59.
- Booth, Naomi (2015). Restricted view: the problem of perspective in the novels of Ian McEwan. Textual Practice 29(5): 845.
- Booth, N. (2015). The Felicity of Falling: Fifty Shades of Grey and the Feminine Art of Sinking. Women: A Cultural Review 26(1-2): 22-39.
- Booth, N. (2014). Bathetic Masochism and the Shrinking Woman. New Formations 83: 47-64.
- Booth, Naomi (2014). Feeling Too Much: The Swoon and the (In)Sensible Woman. Women's Writing 21(4): 575.