Dr Lisa Mansell

Job Title and Responsibilities

Lecturer in Creative Writing


I am a poet at Staffordshire University and I teach Creative Writing and English Literature. The courses I teach are Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetic Writing, Long Poem, Text Art/Visual Poetry, and Experimental Writing. I also contribute to modules in American Literature,  and the MA in Negotiated Studies. 
I supervise PhD work on the following topics:  literature and music, African-American and diasporic avant-garde,  European avant-garde poetry and poetics (French in particular), visual, tangible and concrete poetry and poetics. I supervise either traditional or creative theses.
Of special interest is not only how this has been evident in cultural texts from the past, but also how cultural identity is represented in the arena of avant-garde verbal art, where the primary concern of representation is linguistic, material and physical.

About me

I studied English Literature (BA Hons) at Cardiff University and followed a program weighted towards Creative Writing, Critical and Cultural Theory (1999-2002). I stayed at Cardiff to complete an MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing (2003), then a PhD in Critical and Creative Writing (2007). My thesis was about hybrid creative-critical writing, oral and sonic traditions, and cross-cultural relationships to do with orality, most notably connections between African-American text and Welsh text.

I have substantial experience in facilitating community writing and have delivered workshops and reminiscence projects to senior citizens, lectured for the University of the Third Age [U3A] in addition to bringing Creative Writing into schools and to adult education.  I have worked as a consultant for Kingston University (2008) to help develop the first online MFA in Creative Writing in the UK. I have worked at Staffordshire University since 2008 and hope to continue working with community groups though the Community Writer module, which is a part of the BA in Creative Writing.

 

Qualifications

English Literature (BA Hons) Cardiff (1999-2002).

MA in the Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing (2003)

PhD in Critical and Creative Writing (2007). My thesis was about hybrid creative-critical writing, oral and sonic traditions, and cross-cultural relationships to do with orality, most notably connections between African-American text and Welsh text.

Working towards a PGCert with an emphasis on methodology and research supervision.

I have worked at Staffordshire University since 2008

Key Projects

March 2012:  AHRC Network Bid: Medical Histories: Creating Health Narratives. (Creative Facilitator)
Principal Investigator: Mark Webster.  £20,976.792


 

Creative Publications


I am a publishing poet working in the areas of linguistically/formally innovative poetics, digital poetries, and hybrid forms.


Sonnet 3, Upstairs at Duroc. 14 (2013)
Seventh Negative Space, Upstairs at Duroc. 14 (2013)
Eleventh Negative Space. Upstairs at Duroc. 14 (2013)
Parallel Ceramic Review. Sept/Oct (2012)
Music To Not Write Home To, Commas&Colons. 0 (2012)
Palimpsests Blackbox Manifold. April (2012)
Trrrrrrrrrr, ditch May (2012)
In D, ditch May (2012)
Fifth Negative Space, ditch May (2012)
Perambulam. Adanna. 2011
Love Poem 2. Tears in the Fence 53 (2010)
Fifteenth Negative Space. French Literary Review (Oct 2010, France).
Shadow-Crab. Equinox (September 2010, France).
For(u)m. Open Wide Magazine 23 (2010)
Eighth Negative Space. Open Wide Magazine 23 (2010)
Ninth Negative Space Open Wide Magazine 23 (2010)
Fourteenth Negative Space. Open Wide Magazine 23 (2010).
Mannequin. Ol Chanty 3/Chanticleer 24 (2010).
Third Negative Space. Ol Chanty 3/Chanticleer 24 (2010).
Twelfth Negative Space. Ol Chanty 3/Chanticleer 24 (2010).
Scape Ore 2 (2004)
Sonnet 10. Aught 13 (2004)
Sonnet 12. Aught 13 (2004)
Sonnet 4. Aught 13 (2004)
Bk. Ore 1 (2003)
Talking to Stein. Ore 1 (2003)
Ice Rink. Fire 21 (2003): p.161.
Making Something of Nothing. Fire 21 (2003): p. 161.
Pastoral Virelay. Fire 21 (2003): p. 162.
C-Shanty. In The Pterodactyl’s Wing: Welsh World Poety. Ed. Gwyn, Richard. Cardigan: Parthian, 2003. p. 145.
Digging. The Pterodactyl’s Wing: Welsh World Poety. Ed. Gwyn, Richard. Cardigan: Parthian, 2003. p. 144.
I Won’t Send Roses. Gwyn, Richard (ed.). The Pterodactyl’s Wing: Welsh World Poety. Ed. Gwyn, Richard. Cardigan: Parthian, 2003. p. 143.
Jellyfish. The Pterodactyl’s Wing: Welsh World Poety. Ed. Gwyn, Richard. Cardigan: Parthian, 2003. p. 144
St Teilo. The Pterodactyl’s Wing: Welsh World Poety. Ed. Gwyn, Richard. Cardigan: Parthian, 2003. p. 141.

Research Publications

Mansell. L (2013) “Reading Harryette Mullen is like hearing a new Musical Instrument” in Ablaze with Lyric Fire: Black Music, Black Poetry. Ed. George Thompson. New York, Ashgate.

Conference Papers

 Women, the Gothic and the Surreal: representations of text and body. Great Writing Conference. Imperial College London. (June 2013) [Performed Paper]

Wedgwood’s’ Glazes. British Society of Literature and Science Conference. Cardiff. (April 2013) [Performed Paper]

From Bardism to Minstrelsy to the Avant-Garde. Reconfigurations: Remaking Narrative, Reinventing Genre in Postcolonial and Diasporic Writing and Performance Third Conference in the AHRC-funded 'Beyond the Linear Narrative' project: Goldsmiths, London.  (November 2011).
 
Ghosts, Ancestors and Signature: Echoes of Identity in Minority Literature: Midwestern Modern Language Association [M/MLA], Chicago. (November 2010).

Invited Respondent. Dramas and Traumas: Writers Responding to War. The British Council, London (May 2008)
Mackey, Mythology, and Mabinogi, American Literature Association [ALA], Boston (June 2007) [Performed Paper]

Other Research Activity

 Editor, Indent: Journal of New Writing 2012-

Member, I-ACT Steering Group. 2011-
Member, Research Degree Committee. 2012-

PhD Supervisor to Emma Cleary English & Philosophy,(Full-Time expected completion 2013), “An investigation into the politics of representation in the literature of the Black Atlantic”.  2010-

Enquiries

For PhD/MPhil enquiries 

For MA (Creative Writing is available via the Negotiated Study route)

For BA English and Creative Writing 

Social Media

English and Creative Writing Blog

Contact

Lisa Mansell
School of Journalism, Humanities & Social Sciences (Humanities)
Faculty of Arts & Creative Technologies
Staffordshire University
Flaxman Building
College Road
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 2DE
t: +44 (0)1782 294666
e: l.s.mansell@staffs.ac.uk