Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers for the 2009 conference were Judy Corbalis, Emma Darwin, Tiffany Murray & Kate Pullinger:

Judy Corbalis


Judy Corbalis is a children's writer, a novelist and short-story writer. She was born and brought up in New Zealand but now lives in London. She has worked in theatre and television and has an MA in Creative Writing from UEA. She has adapted her own work for theatre and radio. Judy's first children's book, The Wrestling Princess and Other Stories, won the Feminist Book Fortnight Children's Book of the Year and she has been shortlisted twice for the Federation of Children's Book Groups Awards, the Esther Glen Library Award and the Smarties Prize. Her first novel for adults, Tapu, was published in 1997 and her second novel, Mortmain, was published by Chatto in 2007. Judy is currently working as a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Westminster. Her current work-in-progress includes Guilty: The Vilification of Lady Grey, which will be published by Chatto/Random House NZ and a collection of short stories called The Shark That Ate My Father which will be published by Random House, NZ.

Download the full paper - Judy Corbalis.doc

Emma Darwin


Emma Darwin's first novel The Mathematics of Love was published in 2006, and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers and Goss First Novel awards, longlisted for the RNA Novel of the Year and Prince Maurice Prize, and has been translated into seven languages. It was written for the MPhil in Writing (University of Glamorgan). Her second novel A Secret Alchemy came out in November 2008. It is part of a PhD in Creative Writing (Goldsmiths College), which also examines her own and others' practice in writing historical fiction. Emma is also a short story writer, with a Bridport prize winning story to her name.

Tiffany Murray


Tiffany Murray is the author of the forthcoming Diamond Star Halo (Portobello Books, 2010) and Happy Accidents (Harper Perennial, 2005), which was short-listed for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize. She is a graduate of UEA's M.A. fiction programme where she also gained her PhD. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The University of Glamorgan. Tiffany's short fiction has appeared in Pretext, Mslexia, and New Welsh Review. She has worked as an editor (Pretext 8 with Helon Habila), and conducts writing courses for The Taliesen Trust, The Arvon Foundation, and Write by the Sea.

Kate Pullinger


Kate Pullinger works both in print and new media. Her most recent novels include A Little Stranger (2006), Weird Sister (1999) and the short story collection My Life as a Girl in a Men’s Prison (1997). Her new novel, The Mistress of Nothing, will come out in July 2009. Her digital fiction projects include her multiple award-winning collaboration with Chris Joseph on 'Inanimate Alice' - a multimedia episodic digital fiction and 'Flight Paths' – a networked novel, created on and through the internet. Kate Pullinger is Reader in Creative Writing and New Media at De Montfort University where she teaches on the online MA in Creative Writing and New Media.

Download the full paper - Kate Pullinger.doc

Previous Keynote Speakers

Professor Graeme Harper

Professor Graeme Harper is a novelist and leading academic.

Graeme is the Director of the National Institute for Excellence in the Creative Industries (NIECI) and Professor of Creative Writing at the Bangor University (UK). He is a founding member of the Higher Education Group of the National Association of Writers in Education.

Graeme is also Editor-in-Chief of the journal New Writing: the International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Co-Editor (with Dr Owen Evans) of the journal Studies in European Cinema,and Associate Editor (with Prof Simon Roodhouse, Ed., & Debi Hayes, Associate Ed.) of the Creative Industries Journal. Graeme is also an honorary visiting professor (Professor of Creative Writing) at the University of Bedfordshire.

You can read more about Graeme on the Bangor University website.

Panos Karnezis

Panos Karnezisis is an award winning author.

Panos Karnezis was born in Greece in 1967. He studied engineering and worked in industry, before then returning to study for an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of Little Infamies (2002) is a collection of connected short stories set in Greece, The Maze (2004), a novel set in Anatolia in 1922 and The Birthday Party (2007).

The critic Garan Holcombe praised Panos' work, noting:-

"It is difficult to overestimate the achievement of someone who writes a good story in another language. For that person to write something of resonance and wit is nothing short of miraculous. To the ranks of those who, like Joseph Conrad and Vladimir Nabokov have produced great work in the English language, we must now add another: the Greek writer, Panos Karnezis."

Panos Karnezis will be signing copies of his work during the lunchtime interval.

You can read more about Panos Karnezis at the British Council Contemporary Writers Site.



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