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Tony Williams is a poet and fiction writer. His practice research into the forms and techniques of medieval writing produced two novels, Nutcase (2017), an adaptation of the Icelandic saga of Grettir the Strong into a contemporary setting, and most recently Cole the Magnificent (2023), a picaresque which draws on a range of medieval forms and the ‘mixed modality’ of saga narrative in which the real and the fantastical coexist. His poetry collection Hawthorn City (2019) also engages with medieval material while continuing the interest in landscape and the contemporary pastoral developed in his earlier collections.

His poetry has been shortlisted for the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize, the Portico Prize for Literature and the Michael Murphy Memorial Prize. His flash fiction collection All the Bananas I’ve Never Eaten (2012) won Best Short Story Collection in the 2013 Saboteur Awards, and the visual sonnet sequence All the Rooms of Uncle’s Head (2011) was the Poetry Book Society’s Pamphlet Choice. He has also published critically on the reflective component of creative writing research and on the filmpoem.

He is currently a Co-I on the AHRC-funded project ‘Ephemera and writing about war, 1914 to the present’ for which he is writing a literary fantasy novel which continues his longstanding interest in Outsider Art and the visionary as well as themes of incarceration, trauma and containment. His current work in poetry explores via the discursive mode as a means of thinking about art and perception. He also works with Professor Billy Clark on the pragmatics of creative writing.

Tony has supervised a wide range of creative writing PhDs and is interested in hearing from candidates working in either poetry or prose.

Education/Academic qualification

Education, PGCert

10 Jan 201131 Dec 2099

Award Date: 10 Jan 2011

English, PhD

1 Sept 200331 Dec 2099

Award Date: 1 Sept 2003

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