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Dr Clare Morgan

Dean of Degrees, Fellow, Ordinary Fellow

Research Centre Director, Director, Master of Studies in Creative Writing

Faculty of English

BA Open University, MA East Anglia, MPhil DPhil Oxford, FRSA

Elected 2005
Director, Master of Studies in Creative Writing, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
Director, Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing

Clare Morgan is a fiction writer and literary critic, whose interdisciplinary research interests currently focus on creative writing, and on the relation between literature and business.  Her novel A Book for All and None was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2011. She has recently engaged in the research project ‘Living with Rivers’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which explores the role of creative writing in environmental issues.  She has also worked closely with the Strategy Institute of The Boston Consulting Group in investigating the relation between poetry and business thinking, giving lectures and presentations and running workshops in many locations in the USA, continental Europe and the UK, as well as in Tokyo and Kuwait.  The book from her research, What Poetry Brings to Business, (University of Michigan Press) was published in 2010.

Dr Morgan’s teaching interests include advanced fiction and critical analysis and British literature nineteenth century to the present day.  Her creative writing focuses on short and long fiction, her publications include a collection of stories, An Affair of the Heart, and her work has been widely anthologized and commissioned for radio.  She is a regular reviewer for the Times Literary Supplement and her literary critical publications include an edition of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindications; essays on Willa Cather, George Orwell and Virginia Woolf; and an essay on Romance and the Post-Modern Novel, focusing on the work of Iris Murdoch and A S Byatt.

Dr Morgan designed and implemeted Oxford University’s first creative writing degree course, the Master of Studies in Creative Writing, which she now directs.  Her professional offices have included: Chair of the Literature Bursaries Panel, Arts Council of Wales; member of the Academic Advisory Board, Henley Management College; assessor for grant-aided publication, Arts Council of Wales; Fellow of the Strategy Institute, The Boston Consulting Group.  She has been Sidney Holgate Visiting Fellow, University of Durham, and Gregynog Arts Fellow, University of Wales.  She has been External Assessor for Bath Spa University and External Examiner in Creative Writing for Birkbeck and Bristol Universities.  She established the Kellogg College Centre for Creative Writing, which is dedicated to promoting excellence in creative writing research and to generating a vibrant writerly community through events, seminars and Masterclasses with writers of international reputation such as Baroness P D James, Professor Sir Andrew Motion, Julian Barnes, Philip Pullman and Simon Armitage.