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The Chichester Centre for Critical and Creative Writing

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An exciting forum for critical and creative writing practice

The Chichester Centre for Critical and Creative Writing (C4W) explores writing as an inclusive space of community, transformation, and justice.

All our researchers are deeply engaged with issues of equality, diversity and wider social concerns. The Centre’s members connect the literary, in all its forms, to real-world issues: re-imagining health, digital futures, climate crisis, sexuality, gender, and decolonisation.

The Centre is a shared space focused on our sense of place, both local and global, and the richly interconnected worlds created through processes of writing and inscription. This includes exploring poetry as a mode of ecological intervention; focusing on the role of women writers in shaping the literary landscape and national identity; using science fiction and speculative fiction as a resource to imagine a sustainable global future; and working creatively and critically with the rich folklore and cultural environment of the South Downs, Sussex, and the South Coast.

Researchers in the Centre engage with the complexity of literary experience and cultural literacy in the 21st century across a range of cultural forms, including the graphic novel, film, flash fiction and a diverse range of archives. The centre has two affiliate Centres: The Iris Murdoch Research Centre and The Chichester Centre for Fairy Tales, Fantasy and Speculative Fiction. We also work with a range of postgraduates and partners, including the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), the South Downs Poetry Festival, Pallant House Gallery, the British Council, and the Anglo-Portuguese poetry festival Casa dos Poetas.

Contact us

If you are interested in studying with the Centre, or working with us as a partner organisation, please get in touch with Dr Suzanne Joinson at s.joinson@chi.ac.uk.


The Centre is run by and for a diverse range of staff and students at the University of Chichester, and its wider community.

Alongside its current academic lead, Dr Suzanne Joinson, postgraduate researchers Alessandro Pozzolo and Eleanor Piddington take a leading role in organising Centre events.

A full list of University staff associated with the Centre is given below.

Hugo Frey
Professor Hugo Frey
Hugh Dunkerley
Professor Hugh Dunkerley
Fiona Price
Professor Fiona Price
Benjamin Noys
Professor Benjamin Noys
Karen Stevens
Karen Stevens
Dr Suzanne Joinson
Paul Quinn
Dr Paul Quinn
Naomi Foyle
Dr Naomi Foyle
Dr Miles Leeson
Dr Miles Leeson
Dave Swann
David Swann


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Events and News

Upcoming Events

Our programme of events will be published here. You can also view our past events below.

Past Events

Creative Writing and English: collaboration, connection, crossovers
7 March 2024

A roundtable discussion about crossover areas of interest and concern for the National Association of Writers in Education and EA.

Core discussion points:

Key implications of REF 28 for the disciplines of Creative Writing and English.
QAA Subject benchmarking – wider crossovers.
AOB, opportunities and ways of working together in the future.
Chair: Dr Suzanne Joinson, Reader in Creative Writing, convener of The Chichester Centre for Critical and Creative Writing, University of Chichester

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A book launch with the Department of Humanities
20 March 2024, 4–5 p.m. Free and open to all
Academic Building 1.01, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, PO19 6PE

Andy Brown, co-author with Marc Woodward of Grace Notes And Other Poems (Sea Crow Press), is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Exeter University and known widely as a distinguished poet and writing tutor.

Here he will launch The Midnight Mechanic, a pacy, Dickensian foray into the sewers of Victorian London that explores a man’s relentless pursuit to better himself, to escape the muck and make amends, while raising pressing environmental issues that are still pertinent today.

Writing IRL

Writing IRL will be a two-day event exploring the writing, teaching, and experience of memoir, autobiography and autofiction, in partnership with the Indigo Press and a range of literary partners. It will take place in November 2024 at the University of Chichester.

Day One will focus on teaching and academic work: how we teach autobiographical material, legal and ethical considerations, and support and safeguarding issues related to teaching autobiographical writing. Day Two will be more outwardly focused on a public audience: how to write a memoir, workshops, and talks from a wide range of writers.


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