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Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Leeds Beckett University

Rachel is a novelist, short story writer and a dramatist for stage and radio. More recently, she has begun to work in the areas of site-specific performance and digital storytelling. She also has an interest in the intersections between fields: between the creative and the critical, and between the disciplines of science, technology and creative writing.

The main focus of Rachel’s research is practice-based, as a writer of fiction, script and performance. She supervises doctoral work in creative writing and welcomes applications from research students interested in any area of adaptation and practice-based research that focuses on fiction and/or script. Rachel leads the ‘Practices of Writing’ research strand of the Centre for Culture and the Arts at Leeds Beckett.

In addition to research and teaching, Rachel is engaged with a range of public engagement and outreach work, including working as a writer in residence in secondary schools for the charity ‘First Story’ and organising Leeds Beckett’s (Re)Writing Yorkshire event series.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Leeds Beckett University


  • 2000 
    University of Liverpool, PhD