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Philippa Holloway

Senior Lecturer English Literature and Creative Writing, Staffordshire University

Dr. Philippa Holloway is a writer and researcher currently based in the North West. Her doctoral research examined the use of psychogeography in nuclear landscapes as a means of generating creative responses for fiction writing. It entailed research trips to Chernobyl and UK power stations, as well as conventional research practice. Her MA (Bangor Uni) explored intratextual responses to stories about nuclear landscapes.
She is a fellow of the HEA.

Philippa's short fiction/non-fiction is published in the US, Australia, Africa, Europe and the UK Europe in various publications including Ascent, Bukker Tillibul, New Contrast, Litro, and Nightjar Press, and has won prizes in literary awards including the Fish Publishing Prize and The Scythe Prize. Her short memoir 'Energy Crisis' was highly commended in the inaugural New Welsh Writing Awards, and from this she was commissioned to curate a special feature for the New Welsh Reader on artistic responses to nuclear power stations and landscapes entitled ‘Power in the Land?’ which drew on collaborative work undertaken with visual/digital artists and poets.

She visited Chernobyl’s Exclusion Zone as research for her PhD, and is Writer in Residence at Hack Green Nuclear Bunker. She has taught Creative Writing/English Literature at Edge Hill University since 2015, previously taught writing workshops for the mental Health Charity MIND, has led interactive writing sessions at literary/arts festivals and was the Hedge Arts Short Fiction Competition Judge in 2018. She is a member of Liverpool University’s Literature and Science Research Hub and has been invited to contribute to the Material Cultures of Energy research group and, most recently, the Cognitive Sensations project.


  • 2021–present
    Senior lecturer, Staffordshire University
  • 2019–2021
    Associate lecturer, Edge Hill University


  • 2019 
    Edge Hill University, PhD Creative Writing


  • 2022
    Parthian Books, The Half-life of Snails (novel)
  • 2021
    Writing in Practice, Walking in imaginary Shoes: Psychogeographic approaches for fiction writing
  • 2021
    Energy Communications Toolkit, Power Lines: Energy Narratives
  • 2020
    The Conversation, What Chernobyl can teach us about the Invisible Threat of Coronavirus
  • 2018
    New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing., Wicked’ Problem of developing critical understanding in Creative Writing Students
  • 2016
    Exploring Creative Writing., Piracy and Process: Plagiarism Within the Act of Creative Writing