The Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University has appointed novelist and poet Tobias Hill as a permanent Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. Tobias will help deliver the MA in Creative Writing. He was born in London. In 2003 the TLS nominated him as one the best young writers in Britain. In 2004 he was selected as one of the country’s Next Generation poets and shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. His collection of stories, Skin, won the Pen-Macmillan Prize for Fiction and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys/Mail on Sunday Prize. The Cryptographer, his third novel, led AS Byatt to observe that ‘Hill is one of the two or three most original and interesting young novelists working in Britain today.’ His fourth novel, The Hidden, was published in 2009 to great critical acclaim.
Tobias Hill said: ‘As an author who enjoys the process of teaching creative writing, I am very happy to be involved with Oxford Brookes, a university offering students a supportive writing environment and a stimulating range of Visiting Fellows. It is a pleasure to take up this position.’
Director of Creative Writing and novelist Dr James Hawes is delighted to welcome Tobias to the course: “We had an excellent selection of applicants but Tobias was our unanimous choice for the post. He has a splendid record of highly distinguished publications and his presence will further demonstrate Brookes’ absolute commitment to having our Creative Writing MA taught by real writers.”
Dr Hawes added: “We are also very excited to welcome John Williams as a new Creative Writing Fellow. John is not only a highly sucessful writer himself, but has a remarkable record, as an editor, of spotting and commissioning new literary talent.”