Dr Laura Joyce
School of English
Lecturer in Creative Writing
+44 114 222 0226
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1 Upper Hanover Street
I joined the School of English as Lecturer in Fiction in September 2019. Previously I taught at Sussex University, York St. John, Edinburgh Napier, the University of East Anglia, and Coventry University. I completed my PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at Sussex University in 2015.
- Research interests
My current critical research focusses on death rituals, weird landscapes, and folk horror. I am co-investigator of a project on burial shrouds at Coffin Works museum that considers the symbiotic relation between bodies and landscapes.
My first novel The Museum of Atheism (Salt, 2012) was an experimental crime novel about a malevolent forest.
My doctoral research explored bioluminescence and crime scene investigations, and resulted in a prose poetry collection, The Luminol Reels (Calamari Archive, 2014), and a critical book, Luminol Theory (Punctum, 2017).
I am also interested in experimental nonfictional, poetic, and hybrid writing, and in small press publishing. My own work has appeared in PLINTH, Entropy, Black Sun Lit, Tarpaulin Sky, and Egress. I have written reviews and essays about contemporary poetry, fiction, art, and hybrid writing from writers including Aase Berg, Lara Glenum, Sara Tuss Efrik, Olivia Cronk, James Pate, Siân Rathore, and Nathalie Djurberg for publications including Montevidayo, Entropy, and 3AM.
I am a member of the Hex collective with Jodie Kim, and during June 2019, we were guest editors of Burning House Press where we published experimental writing and art by artists including HyperVerses, M. R. Massey, Bobbi Lurie, Janice Kang, Joyelle McSweeney, Leif Holmstrand, and Jenna Vélez. We are also working on a hybrid work of critical, creative, and found material titled Letters to Our Daughters Who May Never Be Born.
My current novel, Blood Forest, is about poisonous plants, adolescent girls, and death rituals. Blood Forest has received a Hosking House Fellowship, and a K. Blundell Trust Award.
I am general editor, alongside Vera Fibisan, of Route 57.
- Domestic Noir The New Face of 21st Century Crime Fiction. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Luminol Theory.
- The Luminol Reels.
- The Museum of Atheism. Salt Publishing.
- Writing Violence: JonBenet Ramsey and the Legal, Moral and Aesthetic Implications of Creative Non-Fiction. New Writing, 11(2), 202-207.
- The Uncanny Female Architecture of Blake Butler's 'EVER' In Hester H & Walters C (Ed.), Fat Sex New Directions in Theory and Activism (pp. 199-214). United Kingdom: Routledge.
- The Death Bell In Lewis BK (Ed.), The New Gothic (pp. 45-53). UK: Stone Skin Press.
- Painful Hard Ectoplasm In Royle N (Ed.), Murmurations An Anthology of Uncanny Stories about Birds UK: Two Ravens Press.
- Teaching activities
I teach on the following modules:
LIT273 Writing Fiction 2: Genre and Experiment
LIT3015 Writing Fiction 3: Ritual and Writing
LIT6041 MA Fiction 1: Bodies and Landscapes
LIT6042 MA Fiction 2: Transformations