Steve Hollyman

Senior Lecturer

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

I’m a former student of Staffordshire University, having completed a joint honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy in 2006. In 2009, I graduated from the Manchester Writing School with an MA in Creative Writing, and I was awarded a PhD from the same institution in 2013.

I have worked in corporate communications for Merlin Entertainments, the world's second-largest leisure operator, and as a technical writer for the Royal Bank of Scotland. In 2015, I was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

I am represented by MMB Creative Literary Agency and my most recent novel, LAIRIES, was published in April 2021 by Influx Press with an audiobook commissioned by Audible released on the same date. It appeared as Book of the Day in The Guardian, and received favourable reviews in The Observer, Northern Soul and The Skinny. My next book is scheduled for publication in autumn 2022.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, ‘The Self-Begetting Novel: Metafiction in the Twenty-First Century’, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA (Joint Hons) English Literature and Philosophy, Staffordshire University


I have a keen interest in curriculum design and student employability.


Publications (Forthcoming Novels)

Hollyman, Steve (2022) Esc&Ctrl. London: Influx Press

Publications (Fiction)

Hollyman, Steve (2021) Lairies. London: Influx Press (ISBN: 978-1910312673)

Hollyman, Steve (2021) Lairies. Audible Ltd. (Audiobook)

Hollyman, Steve (2018) ‘Neigbourhood Watch’ in Flash Fiction Magazine <>

Hollyman, Steve (2010) Keeping Britain Tidy. Conwy: Transmission Print (ISBN: 978-0956658302)

Hollyman, Steve (2009) ‘Disloyal Correspondent’ in Brand Literary Magazine, no. 5, Summer/Autumn 2009 (ISSN: 1754-0593)

Hollyman, Steve (2009) ‘He Knows His Name’ in Bewilderbliss 1(2) (ISSN: 1759-9695)

Hollyman, Steve (2008) ‘Poem #639’ in Ink 1(1)

Hollyman, Steve (2008) ‘The Grand Piano’ (commissioned short story) in Open Magazine

Publications (Non-fiction)

Hollyman, Steve, et al (eds) (2017) Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Special Issue, 23(1)

Ashton, D., Bower, G. J., Hollyman, S., & Pullinger, K. (2017). ‘Writing digital: Practice, performance, theory’ in Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, 23(1), 3-4.

Hollyman, Steve (2016). ‘Cathy Caruth’s Literature in the Ashes of History’ in Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies, 2( 3) 68-81

Hollyman, Steve (2013) ‘New Media’ in The Routledge Companion to Critical and Cultural Theory. ed. Malpas, S and Wake, P. London: Routledge. (ISBN: 978-0415668309)

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021