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Michael Cawood Green

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Biography

Michael Green is a novelist and Professor in English and Creative Writing at Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Prior to joining Northumbria University, he was Senior Professor and Head of English at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and then Head of the university’s School of Literary Studies, Media, and Creative Arts. He relocated to Northumbria University in September 2009 with the aim of returning to researching, teaching, and writing. In February 2009 he was inducted into the Society of the Fellows of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in recognition of distinguished academic achievements.

As Michael Cawood Green he has published three works of historical fiction, Sinking and For the Sake of Silence, winner of the Olive Schreiner Prize for Prose, and The Ghosting of Anne Armstrong (2019), completed under the auspices of an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship and published by Goldsmiths Press/MIT Press.

Research interests

Michael is the author of Novel Histories: Past, Present, and Future in South African Fiction and numerous journal articles and book chapters, primarily on the uses of history in fiction and practice-led research. He is currently chair of the interdisciplinary Northumbria Practice Research Group and heads the university’s Creative Writing Research Group. He has completed a full term on the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Peer Review College and continues to serve as an assessor on bids to the AHRC. He is also a project evaluator and individual ratings referee for the South African National Research Foundation. He serves on the Higher Education committee of the UK’s National Association of Writers in Education and the Programming Committee of the international Historical Fiction Research Network. He was the Business and Engagement Lead for Humanities 2013-2016 and helped establish the extremely successful Northumbria/New Writing North partnership.

He set up the now well-established PhD programme in Creative Writing at Northumbria and served as principal supervisor for the first PhD in Creative Writing at the university; he has since supervised and co-supervised a number of Theses to completion. He serves nationally and internationally as an external doctoral examiner, primarily in the area of creative writing. He is also external examiner for 3 international research Masters programmes in Creative Writing.

His creative/research interests include:

  • Creative Writing – prose and verse fiction
  • Practice Research – research through creative writing/creative practice as a mode of research
  • Reflection as a generative mode in the creative process
  • Uses of History in Fiction
  • Historiography
  • Postcolonial/Southern African Literature

As a student and lecturer in South Africa he performed regularly as a singer songwriter, drawing more attention from the apartheid-era Security police than the music industry; an album of original songs, White Eyes, was banned from air play.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of York

1 Sep 198630 Jun 1993

Award Date: 30 Jun 1993

American Studies, MA, Stanford University

Award Date: 31 Aug 1979

English Literature, BA (Hons), University of KwaZulu-Natal

Award Date: 31 Dec 1978

External positions

Professor, University of KwaZulu-Natal

1 Jul 2009 → …

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