Paul Houghton

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing 

About me

I joined Staffordshire University in January of 2006 and prior to this, was working as a creative writing lecturer at Stirling University and as a writer-in-residence for Renfrewshire Libraries in Scotland.

My main interest is in contemporary and post-war fiction and I’m particularly interested in short stories and gothic fiction.

My MPhil dissertation for Glasgow University (awarded 2004) was entitled: The Family: A Foundation of Evil [in Gothic Fiction] and examined the manifestations of familial corruption in Gothic novels from the 1870s to the present date.

My own stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies such as The Fiction Magazine, Panurge, Cutting Teeth and Mouth. Some of my short films have been shown at the ICA (London), the GFT (Glasgow) and on Scottish TV.

Over the last 10 years I have worked as an editor and journalist and tutored creative writing workshops throughout Glasgow and the North of England as a writer-in-residence and reader-in-residence for the libraries and Northern Arts. During this time I was involved in several multi-disciplinary arts projects including text and image exhibitions, websites, webcasts and the production of anthologies.

I am currently working on a gothic novel and as always, more short stories.


MPhil in Romanticism and the Forms of Modernity (Glasgow)

Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism (Cardiff),

MA Creative Writing (University of East Anglia)

BA (Hons) Fine Art (Exeter): Painting, Film & Video.

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