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Internationally-acclaimed author Kate Mosse to become Visiting Professor at University of Chichester

Author Kate Mosse to bring experience as international-selling writer to University role (photo credit Ruth Crafer)


Internationally-acclaimed author Kate Mosse OBE is to become a Visiting Professor in Creative Writing and Contemporary Fiction at the University of Chichester.

Kate and her work are award-winning and multimillion selling. The author of eight novels and short story collections, her Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinth, Sepulchre, and Citadel) is to be followed by a new major quartet of historical novels covering 300 years of history set against the backdrop of the French Wars of Religion and the Huguenot Diaspora. The first title in the quartet, The Burning Chambers, is already an international number one best-seller and she is currently working on the second novel in the series, The City of Tears, for publication in May 2020.

Her Gothic fiction includes number one-bestselling The Winter Ghosts and The Taxidermist’s Daughter, which she is currently being adapted for stage and film. In all, her books have been translated into 37 languages and published in more than 40 countries. Her writing also extends to non-fiction, plays, essays and introductions, and she is a sought-after broadcaster, interviewer, and interviewee.

As well as her active and hugely successful writing career, Kate is also an advocate of creative writing and is the Founder Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. She was Deputy Chair of the National Theatre until January 2019, and hosts the pre- and post-show interview series at the Chichester Festival Theatre.  She is a Trustee of Women of the World and Patron of the local early music group, The Consort of Twelve.

Kate is the judge of many literary and arts awards and was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to literature. She was named Millennium Woman of the Year for her service to the arts, and The Bookseller recognised her as one of the Top 100 Influential People in Publishing - one of only a handful of people to appear in every year's list.  She has been awarded a Writing Fellowship in Amsterdam for April 2019 by the Dutch Literature Foundation.

Speaking of her Visiting Professorship, Kate said: “I’m Chichester born and bred, so it's a great pleasure to be asked to support my local university. I like the spirit of the University of Chichester and its Creative Writing degrees are highly regarded in literary circles nationwide.  There is also a healthy attitude to the ecology of writing, and its history of successful alumni - of students of all ages - is to be celebrated. I hope to bring the experiences of my career as an international-selling author, interviewer, editor, and former publisher to the students of Chichester.”

Dr Hugh Dunkerley, Programme Coordinator for the successful MA in Creative Writing at the University of Chichester, added: “We are delighted that Kate has agreed to become a Visiting Professor. She is a long-term friend of the University and our Creative Writing offering, and in 2001 she was awarded an Honorary MA by us. Not only will her role as Visiting Professor really add to the experience of our Creative Writing students, but they will also benefit from her insights as a skilful and highly-successful author, and her intimate knowledge of the publishing industry and of literary prizes.”

Kate will be reading from and discussing her latest number one bestselling novel, The Burning Chambers, at an event to be held at the University of Chichester’s Mitre Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 2 April from 6pm to 7:30pm. The event is free of charge and open to the public, students and University staff. It is expected to be very popular and it is recommended that free tickets are reserved online at

To find out more about the University of Chichester’s various degrees in English and Creative Writing go to For more about internationally best-selling author Kate Mosse OBE, and her new novel The Burning Chambers, visit